Chitra V. Ramani

Norms on introduction of new courses and payment of fee flouted

Bangalore: The five-member Syndicate sub-committee has recommended that Bangalore University revoke the autonomous status granted to six colleges in the city.

The committee submitted a report in this regard to Vice-Chancellor H.A. Ranganath on Thursday.

The committee has recommended to the university to withdraw the autonomous status granted to Christ College, Mount Carmel College, St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, St. Joseph’s Evening College, St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science and Jyothi Nivas College for Women.

The report will now be discussed at the next Syndicate meeting.

The university had granted autonomous status to 10 colleges during 2005-06, which were identified by the University Grants Commission and approved by the State Government.

As per the statute in force, the university had constituted a Review and Evaluation Committee to review the performance of the colleges during the past two years.

The committee visited the colleges during November last and found many lapses, especially with respect to introduction of new courses, payment of fee dues from 2005-06 to 2007-08, following the norms of the university regarding fixing fee, maintenance of examination records and documents, etc.

Violation

A committee member told The Hindu that the recommendations had been made based on the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, and as per the statutes relating to the grant of autonomy. “The colleges were only granted academic autonomy. They were required to follow the rules laid down by the university, which the six colleges had violated,” he said.

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat; The National College, Basavanagudi; The National College, Jayanagar; and NMKRV College for Women have been found to be following the rules prescribed by the university.

“The committee members visited the 10 colleges and reviewed their performance. The committee also studied the statutes and relevant provisions of the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, before recommending the withdrawal of autonomous status. The Syndicate has to take a decision now,” he said.

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