Staff Correspondent

38 colleges under Mysore varsity are offering

postgraduate courses

Programme to promote science to be launched

on May 14

MYSORE: The number of degree colleges affiliated to the University of Mysore offering postgraduate courses has gone up considerably, giving the much-needed opportunity to the students, especially those hailing from the rural areas, to pursue higher education close to their home without coming to Manasagangotri, the university campus, in Mysore.

Thirty-eight degree colleges, including the government and private institutions, which have suitable infrastructure to support the postgraduate courses, are offering courses in science, humanities and management.

Vice-chancellor V.G. Talawar told The Hindu that the university started granting permission to colleges for running postgraduate courses since the last five years. The number went up further with more colleges coming forward to run the courses, he added.

He said the university had set up Local Inspection Committee comprising experts to inspect infrastructure in the colleges and accordingly send a report to the university, for placing it before the Academic Council for granting approval.

“Infrastructure is the key for granting permission. At the same time, the colleges should have facilities to conduct research and the faculty teaching the postgraduate courses should have a doctoral degree,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said the demand from the colleges for offering postgraduate courses was mounting on the university, which brought out a law about eight years ago to allowing the degree colleges to run postgraduate courses.

Infrastructure

Prof . Talawar said some colleges were in the process of meeting the infrastructural requirements which were mandatory for getting affiliation to run postgraduate courses.

“The government colleges which have received permission for running the postgraduate courses recently are making efforts to get lecturers who have doctoral degrees, for teaching postgraduate students,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said that many colleges had taken steps to establish independent postgraduate sections on their campuses to encourage more students take up courses in their institutions.

The courses which are popular and sought after such as bio-technology, biochemistry, chemistry, social work, management are also offered in the colleges, the Vice-Chancellor said.

In a major step to promote science as a career option, the University of Mysore is all set to launch a major programme to promote science in a big way, from May 14. The year-long programme is being launched to mark the bicentenary celebrations of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Mobile science museum

Prof. Talawar said a mobile science museum had been planned to encourage pure science among the students. The university aimed to expose the students in the districts coming under its jurisdiction — Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajnagar and Hassan — to science as a career option.

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