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Workshop: Guidance and counselling have become a matter of significance vis-a-vis choosing from various career options for the students. The Visvesvaraya Technical University's Entrepreneurship Development Council (VTU-EDC) will be conducting a "Faculty Development Programme on Student Guidance and Counselling" for engineering college teachers of Karnataka state at its Machche campus, 15 km from Belgaum, for three days from August 2. Experts from the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chennai, will be conducting the training programme.

The main objective of the three-day workshop is to understand the principles of guidance and counselling, academic, social and emotional characteristics of students, understand student behaviour and provide them proper career guidance. About 100 faculty members from various engineering colleges will be participating.

The NITTTR Director, G.B. Jaiprakash Narayan; Head, Dept. of Education, B.G. Barki; and Head, Dept. of Education Management, B.Mukhopadhyay, will deliver lectures on topics such as "Analysis of student behaviour," "Student counselling" and "Teaching characteristics."

The VTU Vice-Chancellor, K.Balaveera Reddy, will inaugurate the workshop.

Vijaykumar Patil

Kuvempu University

Criticised: The Kuvempu University Private College Teachers' Association has criticised the reported statement in the Legislative Assembly by the Higher Education Minister, D. Manjunath, that there will be a 15 per cent reduction in the grant for the 96 urban aided colleges.

The Association president, C.H. Murughendrappa, and the secretary, D.H. Gurumurthy, pointed out that the Congress-led coalition government had given an assurance in its Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that the grant-in-aid system would be continued for the aided colleges.

They said the Minister's statement has caused concern among college teachers and opposed the suggestion by the Minister that the deficit in the annual grant to the aided colleges as the result of the 15 percent cut in the grant could be made up by enhancing the tuition fees.

"It is not a feasible proposal as college students are already agitated over the costly fee structure.''

They said the teaching and non-teaching staff would be constrained to resort to direct action if the Government reduced the grant.

Pramod Mellegatti

University of Myosre

Teachers unhappy: The teaching staff in the University of Mysore seem to be a divided lot. For, the discord over the implementation of semester system for undergraduate courses continues to manifest sporadically. And in the latest round of misgivings aired by the Mysore University Private College Teachers Association, there was a fresh set of problems aired by teachers who remain sceptical about the efficacy of the new system.

The points raised by the Association merit attention. For instance, it was pointed out that there was no provision for the Government colleges to appoint new teachers to cope with the additional work load. This is significant as the private colleges make ad hoc arrangements to deal with a situation while a Government college cannot take any initiative on its own. The University, on its part, was said to be undecided as to who was qualified to teach subjects such as the Indian Constitution or Environmental Science.

But the crux of the matter was the reported suggestion of the Kuvempu University that the colleges should conduct three examinations while the University would conduct the remaining three. This, the Association argued, proved that the semester system would end in a fiasco if introduced hastily.

In a bid to end their misgivings, the members of the Association sought a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor. But if the silence of the Vice-Chancellor is any indication, it is likely that there will be no rethinking on the issue.

R. Krishna Kumar

Gulbarga University NCC honour for V-C: The 32nd Karnataka Battalion of the NCC has conferred on the Gulbarga University Vice-Chancellor, V.B. Coutinho, the title of Honorary Colonel Commandant.

he award was conferred at the annual NCC Camp being held on the outskirts of the city.

Out of the 250 Universities in the country, the NCC had decided to confer the title to the Vice-Chancellors of 14 Universities this year, recognising the contribution of the Universities to the NCC.

T.V. Sivanandan

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