ANDHRA PRADESH

OU may withdraw autonomy to some campus colleges

HYDERABAD Dec. 24. Osmania University is likely to do away with the autonomy given to some of the campus colleges during the D.C. Reddy regime given the opposition to it and the "not so enthusiastic'' attitude of the administration concerned.

If the developments and opinions expressed are any indication, autonomy given to College of Arts and Social Sciences and College of Science on the campus and the two constituent colleges -- P.G. College in Secunderabad and Saifabad are likely to be withdrawn from next year.

A committee headed by former Economics professor, Tippa Reddy, which was constituted to look into the issue is still to submit its report but the response it got from the teachers and administrators is clearly against the continuation of autonomy.

However, the colleges which were given autonomy long ago like the College of Engineering, Nizam College and University College for Women, Koti favoured autonomy.

One of the committee members and a senior professor says diverse opinions were expressed by the teachers with whom the committee interacted.

However, majority felt that autonomy was creating more problems to them than solving them. "Even the OUTA has been against it right from the start'', he explains.

The committee was formed after Prof. J. Ananta Swamy took over as Vice-Chancellor. The autonomous status extended to the two campus colleges and the two constituent colleges ran into rough weather with neither the principals nor the students comfortable with it. The earlier Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D.C. Reddy gave autonomy arguing that it would lead to higher academic standards and more administrative freedom for the colleges.

Designing of new courses, framing of syllabus and conducting the examinations by the colleges were a part of autonomy.

However, several teachers argue that the university never gave freedom to the colleges even though they enjoyed autonomous status.

"Where was the autonomy,'' asked a senior lecturer and added that they shot down new ideas and meddled with the entrance examination system creating new problems for some departments.

Moreover, it created two different heads for one single department as local head and global head and spoiled the relations between the teachers.

All the colleges left with was conducting the examinations. This was considered a burden by the principals given the confidentiality they had to maintain and the complex procedure it involved.

Moreover, the principals and teachers became the target for the students to vent their ire for low scores.

``We have now sought written opinions from teachers and student groups and anyone can express their opinions freely,'' a committee member says.

However, whatever may be the recommendations, they would be implemented from next year only.