BENGALURU: Some of the colleges affiliated to Bangalore University are shockingly short of facilities, an inquiry panel has found.
Some are running classes in school campuses, some have hired teachers qualified only to teach school kids and some just have a handful of students.
These revelations have been made in a report submitted to the academic council which met here on Wednesday. The university had sent local inquiry committees (LIC) headed by senior professors to inspect the colleges affiliated to it and submit a report.
Prof P V Vishnu Kamath of the department of chemistry said some of the colleges which he visited had not bothered to renew their lease period. “I saw a college running in school premises and when we asked for the faculty register, they provided the one with the list of primary, high school and pre-university college teachers.”
“It was impossible to identify who is teaching what. I feel the university should request some COD officials to investigate. We feel the university must not entertain such colleges,” he added.
He said there are some colleges where the students get admission but disappear for the rest of the academic year and come back only during examinations. “It is really becoming a trend among students to get admission and not attend classes. The shocking thing is even the colleges are encouraging it,” he said.
The members were surprised that the previous committees that had visited such colleges had recommended renewal of their affiliation.
There are many colleges running without proper buildings, faculty and infrastructure, he said.
After a detailed discussion of the report, the university decided to give fresh affiliation for just 57 colleges out of the 66 which had applied. Out of the 564 that had applied for renewal of affiliation, it has considered 545. And out of the 17 that had applied for permanent affiliation, 16 were passed.
Meanwhile, the university has decided to send committees for surprise checks on erring institutions.