Bangalore University’s Syndicate, which met here on Thursday, had some good news for the students and staff as it approved a hike in the hostel food allowance from Rs. 35 per day to Rs. 50, besides raising the salary of its daily wage staff from Rs. 7,500 to Rs. 9,500 a month.
Addressing the media after the marathon meeting, acting Vice-Chancellor N. Rangaswamy said the Syndicate had also discussed in detail the need to urgently upgrade infrastructure. “Tenders have already been called for upgrading basic infrastructure such as hostels and restrooms,” he said.
The varsity’s highest decision making body also gave the green signal for starting a new course from this academic year. The one-year B.Ed course in special education, which was passed by the university’s academic council, will be designed and conducted by the Dr. S.R. Chandrashekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing. Registrar (Evaluation) R.K. Somashekhar said that the Rehabilitation Council of India will fund the course.
Implementing University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scales for lecturers and the reduction of the duration of coursework for Ph.D. students from one year to six months as per UGC guidelines were also passed.
The Syndicate debated the long-pending smart card project, which was considered shelved. The technicalities of implementing former Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev’s pet project will now be discussed in the next meeting.
Asked about the B.Ed. Task Force’s report which was submitted recently, Prof. Rangaswamy said it will be discussed at the academic council meeting soon.