T.N. Prabhakar, Joint Director of the Department of Collegiate Education (Mysore Division), has called upon colleges to make use of funds provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to organise seminars on researches on the recent trends in various disciplines.

He was speaking after inaugurating a two-day national seminar on the ‘Recent advances in chemical biology’, organised by the Government Science College here, on Friday. Prof. Prabhakar said seminars should not be “ceremonial” events just to claim the UGC funds. “Colleges should review how far the deliberations of the seminars have reached society and improved the lifestyle of people,” he said.

The teaching faculty should keep tabs on the topics on which seminars were held in different colleges and try to focus on subjects which have not been dealt with so far. “Students should get ample opportunities to present their works at seminars,” he said.

Hassan MLA H.S. Prakash said the State government could only provide infrastructure at colleges. It was the duty of the teaching faculty to strengthen the institutions academically. Over 200 delegates from different parts of Karnataka and neighbouring States are participating in the seminar. The UGC has offered an assistance of Rs. 1.3 lakh for organising seminar.