The Mahatma Gandhi University has decided to conduct admissions to undergraduate courses for the 2011-12 academic year onwards through a Centralised Allotment Process (CAP).

The decision was taken at a University syndicate meeting that was held on Wednesday. The meeting was presided over by University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rajan Gurukkal.

Panel formed

A five-member committee, headed by Syndicate member Prof. K. Sadasivan Nair, has been constituted to formulate an appropriate action plan for introduction of the new procedure.

The CAP was introduced for postgraduate courses earlier this year.

According to the University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Rajan Varughese, in addition to the cost-effectiveness of the procedure, repeated requests by students, guardians and stake-holders were instrumental in mooting the same for undergraduate courses as well.

The University has also approved the new regulations of the University Grants Commission (UGC) with respect to the minimum qualifications of college teachers. As a result, the University is the first in the state to adopt the UGC-recommended regulations.

Four new engineering colleges were also sanctioned at the meeting.

These are the Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science and Technology, North Paravur; the Christ Knowledge City, Airapuram (both in Ernakulam); Al-Azhar College of Engineering, Thodupuzha, Idukki; and the Gurudeva Institute of Science and Technology, Puthupally, Kottayam.

Ph.D degree

The syndicate approved awarding of the Ph.D degrees to 16 scholars.

Moreover, the annual accounts of the varsity for the academic year 2009-10 was also approved at the meeting of the Syndicate.

Four new engineering colleges were also sanctioned at the meeting.