KARNATAKA

Row at university meeting over inquiry panels visiting colleges

`There is nothing wrong in sending a local inquiry committee to a college for the second time as there can be improvements after the visit of the first committee'

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: Members differed at the meeting of the Academic Council of Kuvempu University here on Tuesday on the composition of local inquiry committees (LIC) and their visit to colleges to decide the eligibility of the latter to seek affiliation to Kuvempu University.

A discussion followed after Abdul Rehman, a member, objected to the setting up of a second LIC after a committee constituted earlier rejected the application by a college seeking affiliation to the university on the ground that it did not satisfy the conditions laid down by the university.

Madegowda, who joined issues, said an LIC comprising himself kept on visiting a college in Sagar until it gave a favourable report.

The Registrar (in charge), S.B. Sheregar, sought to know whether it is fair to complain about the issue after the LIC has given its approval to accord affiliation to the college. He pointed out that Prof. Madegowda did not oppose when the Syndicate gave permission to the college to offer postgraduate courses.

Infrastructure

B. Bakkappa, who led the second LIC to the Sagar-based college, said he has given a report in favour of granting permission to the college to offer postgraduate courses as it has taken several steps to improve the infrastructure.

Srikanth Kudige sought to know how many times an LIC can be sent to a college. The quality of education will suffer if the affiliation is granted under pressure, he warned.

The Registrar (in charge) for Evaluation, S.A. Bari, said there is nothing wrong in sending an LIC to a college for the second time as there can be improvements after the visit of the first committee. He opined that the university has not done anything wrong in sending the LIC for the second time to the college.

Mr. Sheregar said that the university has decided to grant autonomy to Sahyadri College in Shimoga, L.B. Shastry College in Sagar and a degree college in Harihar at the instance of the UGC.

Mr. Hoovaiah Gowda welcomed the decision to allow some undergraduate colleges to offer postgraduate courses.

The Vice-Chancellor of the college, K. Chidananda Gowda, said the UGC encourages imparting of postgraduate courses in undergraduate colleges as it is felt that such a move will help improve the quality of teaching at the undergraduate level.

He pointed out that Bangalore University and the University of Mysore have allowed undergraduate colleges to offer postgraduate courses.

Role models

To this, Mr. Rehman said that these universities should not become a role model for Kuvempu University.

The Registrar disclosed that 17 colleges have sought renewal of affiliation, which has been conceded except in the case of one college.

The meeting accepted an amendment to the regulations governing the five-year integrated M.Sc. in applied sciences. It also accepted the calendar of events of law courses for the new academic year.

The meeting also accepted the reports of the LICs on renewal of affiliation to LB and SBS College to offer postgraduate courses in commerce.

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