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VTU Vice-Chancellor H. Maheshappa (right) addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
VTU Vice-Chancellor H. Maheshappa (right) addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Over 45,000 engineering students, 7,000 engineering postgraduates and 100 Ph.D. and M.Sc. Engineering students will don their graduation gowns and toss their hats into the air as they leave the portals of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) next month.

The VTU will hold its 10th annual convocation in the second or third week of February, VTU Vice-Chancellor H. Maheshappa told presspersons here on Sunday. VTU has 186 engineering colleges affiliated to it, offering 27 undergraduate and 74 postgraduate programmes.

Charting the road map to make VTU one of the top 10 universities in the country (currently VTU is 14th on the list), Dr. Maheshappa said that plans were on to “liberalise the research ecosystem”. He said the university was facing a severe crunch of research guides — to the tune of 25,000 — and it needed to change its system.

“We plan to allow Ph.D. degree holders who are working industry professionals to be guides for our research scholars. We will call for applications for this soon, and the chosen professionals will be selected by a VTU committee appointed for this reason. This is the need of the hour,” he said.

Student adalats

He said the first job fair for engineering graduates from colleges in rural areas would be held in Gulbarga in February. Student adalats would be held in VTU regional offices in Bangalore, Belgaum, Gulbarga and Mysore, he added.

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