Staff Reporter

Senate seeks steps for pay reforms

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Senate of the University of Kerala has resolved to initiate steps to reform the examination system scientifically to make it fault-free.

The Senate, at its sitting on Saturday, passed an adjournment motion to this effect.

The Senate passed a resolution, moved by the member M.T. Joseph, demanding that the university expedite implementation of the pay reforms proposed by the University Grants Commission for college and university teachers.

In his resolution, K. Sunilkumar called for giving options to university employees on the disbursal of their salaries. Vice-Chancellor A. Jayakrishnan told the Senate that this resolution be adopted.

A resolution presented by D. Vijayakumar calling for the computerisation of the university information centres was passed.

K. Sasikumar, in his resolution, called for the creation of a post of dean of research to provide guidance on matters pertaining to research and consultancy. B. Bhuvanendran moved a resolution demanding that the university youth festival be compulsorily held in December each year. The Senate passed both resolutions.

The resolution moved by Mathew Varghese calling for the establishment of a finishing school in the university was also passed.

In reply to a submission moved by Varghese Perayil, the Syndicate member A.A. Rasheed said the university would consider constructing a building on the land gifted to it at Adoor, if it received permission to do so under the building rules.

In reply to a submission moved by D. Vijayakumaran Nair, the Vice-Chancellor said the modernisation project of the Senate chamber had been re-tendered.

The Senate decided to investigate the complaint that a shortage of non-teaching staff in the teaching departments was creating difficulties. This complaint was made in a submission moved by S. Farooq.

In reply to a submission moved by Dr. Sasikumar, the Syndicate member A.R. Rajan said the university was readying guidelines for improving research activities. The university would consider giving permission to persons other than teachers to do part-time research, he added.

D.Litt.

At its sitting on Friday, the Senate ratified the Syndicate’s recommendation to confer honorary D.Litt. degrees on film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, actor Mammootty and Mridangam exponent Umayalpuram Sivaraman.

The Senate decided that the proposal to grant an honorary degree to Oscar winner and former student of the university Resul Pookkutty would be discussed in various committees. Resolutions calling for providing generator-driven power backup to the whole of the Palayam campus and for shifting the Institute of Distance Education to the Palayam campus were passed.

The Senate felicitated Jancy James, Professor at the Institute of English, on her appointment as the first Vice-Chancellor of the central university being set up in the State and Mr. Pookkutty for winning the Oscar award.

The Senate condoled the death of the former President R. Venkataraman.

No fee hike

In a press release issued here, the university made it clear that the fees of various examinations had not been raised. The news to the contrary propagated by certain quarters was baseless.

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