KERALA

A cyber-friendly campus

THE KARIAVATTOM campus library of the University of Kerala is all set to shift to a new building. The University is planning to set up a cyber cafe in the building now housing the library.

The proposed cyber cafe would be the first of its kind in the University. There is already a high-speed Internet connection at the library. Once the cyber cafe starts functioning, researchers and PG students will find it easy to have access to the Internet and various e-resources.

Once the library is shifted to the new building, this may take up to a month, the University plans to put in place more books and subscribe to more journals. Moreover, students would also be able to borrow books from the new library. Now, the campus library acts only as a reference centre.

THE UNIVERSITY is holding its breath, these days, as its waits for the High Court to decide on the future of its 10 B.Ed. centres. These centres are not functioning as the court has directed the varsity to obtain the recognition of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) for these centres. Though the University has approached the NCTE for an early inspection, the Council has not so far sent a team for inspections. This has prompted the university to file a case in the High Court asking permission for carrying out B.Ed. admissions for this academic year. The hearing in the matter has been posted for March 5.

WHILE FIXING the date of the Lok Sabha election in Kerala, the authorities concerned seem to have considered, among other things, the schedule of various examinations in the State. The date of the poll (May 10) has been fixed in a way not to affect the conduct of the major examinations. The students of the arts and science colleges should really be a relieved lot, for their examinations would have been over before the election to the Lok Sabha. The parents of students preparing for the entrance examinations for admission to the various professional courses should also be pretty happy, for the same reason. However, there is a section of students of the professional colleges who may not find this election date very much to their liking. At least a few of the examinations scheduled by the University of Kerala, in the case of the professional courses, are likely to clash with the elections and the run up to the elections. True, their number may not be big. But chances are that the sound and fury of the campaign could affect their studies and their preparations for the examinations.

THE PRACTICE followed by the University of Kerala, for quite a long time, was to present the endowments and awards for excellence in academics to students at functions held in the colleges concerned. However, over a decade ago, the authorities thought it better to honour such students at the university-level. The university has been organising special functions at which endowments were given away. Because such functions were not held regularly or even annually, there resulted a backlog in this regard. Over the past couple of years, three or four such endowment functions were held. Yet another function is to be held at the Senate Hall here on March 10, to give away the endowments and other prizes for the year 2001, which means there again is a backlog of two years. How many of the prize winners will be able to really make it to the function, three years after they had completed the course concerned, is anybody's guess.

By G. Mahadevan

and J. Ajeth Kumar

By G. Mahadevan

and J. Ajeth Kumar