Staff Reporter

Syndicate meeting allows additional marginal seat increase

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Syndicate of the University of Kerala on Wednesday decided to effect an across the board hike in examination fee and related fee for various courses.

Such a hike is being effected for degree courses after 29 years. The university held three rounds of discussions with students’ organisations about increasing the fee, a press note here said.

(From Rs.11 per paper for BA, B.Sc. and B.Com. courses, the university proposes to increase the examination fee to Rs.50 per paper. For mark lists, the new fee will be Rs.50, instead of the present fee of Rs.5. For practical examinations, the new fee will be Rs.50 for traditional courses and Rs.100 for other degree courses. Now, this fee ranges from Rs.20 to Rs.60. For reappearances in examinations, the proposed fee per paper is Rs.100. For traditional degree courses, this fee is Rs.13 at present. The university has estimated that the per-paper cost of conducting a degree examination without practical is Rs.110.05. With a practical included, the per-paper cost goes up to Rs.125.)

The meeting resolved to request the State Government to order a Crime Branch inquiry into the loss of answer sheet of a student of the B.Com course at Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom at Nagaroor. A preliminary inquiry conducted by a sub-committee of the Syndicate had indicated that the answer paper went missing from the college itself.

The meeting decided to extend the last date for admissions to degree courses to September 10.

It was also decided to extend the last date for postgraduate admissions to September 6 to facilitate postgraduate admission for students of the B.Ed. programme. The university has directed that such students be given Transfer Certificate as soon as the course is completed on August 24.

It was decided to allow an additional marginal seat increase of 10 per cent for degree and postgraduate courses.

The meeting decided to allow one evening batch each for the BBA and BCA courses at the UIT, Thiruvananthapuram. Academic Staff College head Jacob John Kattakkayam will be given the additional charge of liaison officer of the university with funding agencies such as the University Grants Commission and the Department of Science and Technology.

A Vigilance cell will be set up to monitor the quality of construction activities in the university. It was decided to renovate the Senate Chamber.

The Syndicate decided to grant doctorates to G. Rijulal, B. Murugan and V.S. Dilimon (chemistry); R. Rajivkumar (biotechnology); S. Deepa (botany); Smitha V. Thampi (physics); D. Dallas (general medicine); and S. Rajini Devi and Sajna Jaleel (education).