Govt. should pay review panel expenses: KU

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 20. The Syndicate of the Kerala University, which met here today, has resolved to ask the State Government to bear the expenses of the five-member commission appointed by the latter which is currently reviewing the functioning of the Universities in the State.

As per the relevant stipulations of the Kerala University Act, such a commission should be appointed every 10 years to review the functioning of the University. About three months ago the State Government had appointed commissions to go into the functioning of all the universities in the State.

The commission reviewing the functioning of the Kerala University is headed by the former chief secretary, Ms. Padma Ramachandran. The expenses of the Commission, including TA, DA and honorariums come up to one lakh rupees a month. The term of the commission is five months.

The Syndicate has asked the vice-chancellor, Dr. B. Ekbal, to summon the principal of the College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram to explain why the College failed to apply for affiliation from the Kerala University for its ongoing part time B.Tech course.

On the `year out' issue involving the 1998 B.Tech students, the Syndicate has decided to waive, for one year, the regulation that a B.Tech student who has not cleared semesters one through four cannot register for the fifth semester B.Tech course. The meeting has also asked the VC to identify an eminent academician to go into the reasons why a large number of students fail the examinations of B.Tech semesters one to four.

The Senate of the Kerala University will be in session on July 21 and July 22.