KARNATAKA

Permission sought to allow journalism graduates for B.Ed.

VC to raise issue at university board meeting

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: The Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, K. Chidananda Gowda, has said that he has written to the Government to consider the inclusion of new subjects, including journalism, in the list prescribed by the Government for admission to the B.Ed. course.

Responding to a request by members of the Academic Council here, he said the university has renewed its request for the inclusion of journalism in the list of subjects prescribed for admission to the B.Ed. course after the Government made it clear that students having studied journalism and linguistics as optional subjects at the degree level are not eligible to seek admission to the B.Ed. course.

He said he will take up the matter at the meeting of the Inter University Board (IUB) as there are other subjects along with journalism which have been excluded for admission to the B.Ed. course.

The Finance Officer, Ramachandraiah, said commerce should also be included in the list of subjects prescribed for admissions to the B.Ed. course as it has been recognised as one of the subjects for seeking admission to the B.Ed. course in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Hoovaiah Gowda said science graduates are being discriminated against as admission to B.Ed. is being denied to them except those who have studied the chemistry, biology and zoology combination.

The Vice-Chancellor said the university has been selected as the State Eligibility Test (SET) examination centre, which is expected to function from November. The UGC Committee will visit the campus this month in connection with the opening of the centre, he added.

He noted that the university has many firsts to its credit, and the introduction of the semester system at the undergraduate level is one of them.

Prof. Gowda said the university is the first in the State to have introduced the choice-based credit system from this year at the postgraduate level, which allows students to study the subjects of their choice along with the core subjects.

In addition to courses pertaining to information technology and biotechnology, the university has decided to start postgraduate courses in nanotechnology and food technology, he said. The university has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Massachusetts to take up research in nanotechnology at the Postgraduate Centre in Davangere.

Besides, a postgraduate course in food technology will be started from this year in collaboration with the Centre for Food and Technological Research of India (CFTRI) of Mysore at the Postgraduate Centre in Davangere where the Master of Accountancy and Financial Analysis will also be offered.

The postgraduate courses to be started from this academic year at the main campus include M.Sc. in Biochemistry, M.Sc. in Microbiology and MA in English Language Teaching.

He said the Government has accorded approval for the recruitment of teachers.

Prof. Gowda said it is proposed to open a postgraduate centre of the university at the Government Law College at Kadur in Chikmagalur district. He said the proposed centre will offer postgraduate courses in Kannada, economics and social sciences.

The meeting adopted the annual report and the audit report for 2004-05.

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