BANGALORE: An inquiry committee has recommended the acceptance of a report approving the renewal of affiliation of a college that existed only on paper.
Prof Harishchandra, Dean, Faculty of Science and Syndicate member, had been asked to inquire into a local inspection committee (LIC) report submitted by Prof Sarangi. His inquiry report will be placed before the academic council at a meeting on Tuesday.
The college management had written to the university just a day after the LIC visit, requesting it to close the MBA programme at the Bangalore Institute of International Management (BIIM).
The letter, a copy of which is with Express, states: “Following no admissions during 2013-14 we are requesting the university to close down the MBA course as we are shutting down the Bangalore Institute of International Management (BIIM) for the academic year 2014-15 and shifting the students joined for the courses in the year 2012-13 to another college from our trust at the adjacent building Bangalore Institute of Management Studies (BIMS).”
A university source said, “There should be a detailed discussion on both reports. How did the inquiry committee uphold the LIC recommendation without checking the college’s letter?”
The LIC visited the college on January 27, 2014 and recommended renewal of affiliation for both colleges.
The report had stirred up a controversy because it had accepted, among other irregularities, two colleges having the same principal.
Following media reports, the Syndicate constituted an inquiry committee headed by Prof Harishchandra. This committee revisited the colleges on May 10 this year.
The college management wrote to the vice-chancellor about shutting down BIIM on March 28. The March 19 issue of Express had carried a detailed report about the first report.
Then principal of the two colleges, Dr S Erappa, had said, “Earlier, the two colleges were running from different campuses, but we have now shifted to one campus and paid the affiliation fees for both.”
The inquiry committee headed by Prof Harishchandra says BIIM is functioning at a campus on the first floor of a building opposite RV College of Engineering, and the second college, BIMS, from a different campus next to it. It says the recommendations of the LIC are thus acceptable.