TAMIL NADU

Move on bifurcation of colleges flayed

BANGALORE, DEC. 30. The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Mr. K.H.Srinivasa,

has said there have been no noticeable reforms in the field of education and that the Government has been effecting only structural changes.

Speaking at a seminar on ``Bifurcation of composite degree colleges and future of higher education,'' organised by the Bangalore University College Teachers' Association (BUCTA) here on Sunday, Mr. Srinivasa said the decision to bifurcate composite degree colleges was not acceptable as the Pre-University course was not a course in itself but a bridge between high school and the degree course. It was not an independent course, and students would find difficult to get jobs after PUC than after completing SSLC or degree, he added.

The Government should ensure that those who passed PUC got jobs before going in for bifurcation of composite colleges, he said.

The Government should take steps to promote value-based education, he said. Though the State Government constituted committees such as the Navneeth Rao Committee, the Kothari Committee, and the Raja Ramanna Committee steps had not been taken to implement their recommendations.

Mr. Ravindra Reshme, President of BUCTA, said the seminar was a ``symbolic agitation'' to draw the attention of the State Government to the problems of teachers and create public opinion. Instead of paying attention to the problems in the education field, the Government was opening 45 new engineering colleges, he said.

Priority was given to information technology and biotechnology at the cost of other disciplines, he said.

Mr. Chennabasavaiah, MLC, academics, and representatives of teachers' groups were present.

Statewide stir: The BUCTA and the Federation of University College Teachers of Karnataka have planned to launch a Statewide agitation from January 1.

Mr. Reshme told presspersons here on Sunday that the teachers would wear black badges from January 1 to 6. They would hold dharnas during the lunch hour on the college premises from January 7 to 15 and ``relay'' dharnas in front of the offices of the Joint Director, Education Department, deputy commissioner, and tahsildar in all the taluks of the State. A State-level rally would be held on January 30, he added.

The private colleges teachers' associations of all the six universities in the State and the Karnataka State Government College Teachers' Association were supporting the agitation, he added.

The agitation was in protest against the Government's failure to give teachers their salaries and the bifurcation of composite degree colleges, among others.

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