Senate accepts adjournment motion
Criticises demand for ‘parliament model’ elections
To deal with irregularities in valuation
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Elections to the student unions in affiliated colleges should only be held as per the guidelines issued by University of Kerala, the varsity Senate has decided at its meeting on Wednesday.
The Cin this regard. Strict action should be taken against colleges that violate the guidelines that were issued as per directives of the Supreme Court, the meting resolved.
Syndicate member P. P. Prasanth said that college unions not only secured democratic rights for the students, but also helped identify cultural talents in them. Hence, those who opposed college union elections were actually opposing cultural activities, he said. The meeting criticised the demand made by the managements of some colleges to conduct college union polls as per the ‘parliamentary model.’
In reply to a submission moved by Mathew Verghese, syndicate member Mohammed Kunhu said the University would investigate complaints that some answer papers of a B.A. examination were sent for evaluation without the necessary false numbers. In reply to another submission, Mr. Kunhu said immediate steps would be taken to address any shortcomings in the valuation system for P.G. examinations.
Vice-Chancellor M.K. Ramachandran Nair informed the meeting that the syndicate would consider the demand for orientation programmes for those elected to bodies such as the Senate. In his submission, K. Sasikumar pointed out that the motive behind the recent break-in at the Botany block on the varsity’s Karyavattom campus was not theft alone, but academic sabotage. Replying to this, Syndicate member Thoppil Gopalakrishnan said adequate security measures were put in place there.
Syndicate member A. A. Rasheed said that problems relating to the disbursement of research scholarships for SC/ST students would be dealt with in a time-bound manner. Syndicate member C. Bhaskaran said the University would find out whether there was unification of the syllabi and fee for various add-on courses offered in affiliated colleges. Mr. Prasanth said that there were adequate provisions in the University’s laws to effectively counter ragging. The Vice-Chancellor told the senate that the University would prepare guidelines for investigating complaints about internal assessment.
Replying to a resolution moved by Dr. Sasikumar, syndicate member B. S. Rajeev said the HRD centre at the University would be revived so that the quality of service of University employees could be enhanced. The senate passed a resolution moved by D. Vijayakumaran Nair that called for considering the marks scored for Plus Two examinations for admission to medical courses from the next academic year.
The Senate felicitated head of the department of Zoology Oommen V. Oommen for his discovery of a legless amphibian after twenty years of research. The Senate expressed its condolences on the recent death of educationist K. Sivadasan Pillai and University employee V. Jayachandran Nair.