BENGALURU: Bangalore University (BU) has extended its ‘golden opportunity’, to clear incomplete courses, to all its alumni from the day it was established. This is as part of its golden jubilee celebrations.
In November last, BU had announced a one-time opportunity for only those who had failed to clear half the total number of papers. Following several requests, it decided to extend the offer to all alumni at its academic council meeting held on Friday. Interested candidates can take up the examinations in the existing syllabus only.
Registrar (Evaluation) Ninge Gowda said, “There are some who have already made use of the opportunity in the semester exams in December 2014.” Candidates who joined the university prior to 2002, when annual exams were held, will have to appear for exams along with distance education students. Those who enrolled after 2002, when the university introduced the semester system, have to appear for the exam along with freshers.
The University has also approved select departments of certain affiliated colleges as research centres. The entire college will not be identified as a research centre but only the best equipped departments in those colleges, the Vice-Chancellor said. The move comes in the light of a huge demand for PhDs while there is an acute shortage of guides.
An expert committee was constituted with Prof K Siddappa, former V-C, Bangalore University, Prof M K Sridhar, Dean, faculty of Commerce and Management, and Srinivasan H V, Assistant Registrar, Bangalore University, as its members. Siddappa recommended seven colleges while the other two members recommended eight colleges each. These institutions will now select professors from their faculty and seek BU’s approval for them to be identified as research guides, he added.
Some of the departments identified as research centres are Adarsh Institute of Management, Oxford College of Business and R V Institute of Management (for research in management), Maharani’s Arts, Commerce and Management College for Women (for research in economics), Government First Grade College, K R Puram (Kannada), Government Arts College, Ambedkar Veedhi (History and Economics) and College of Fine Arts, Chitrakala Parishat (Visual Arts).
Internal Marks: Panel to Make Surprise Checks
To keep an eye on Internal Assessment marks allotted by colleges, BU has decided to constitute a committee which will make surprise visits to colleges and conduct checks. Vice-Chancellor Dr B Thimme Gowda said, “The University will constitute a committee to look into the veracity of internal assessment marks given by colleges.”
At the academic council meeting, members pointed out that in some colleges, the internal marks given to all the students in a class were more or less the same. Colleges are required to assess students for 20 marks. It was found that students are being given 18 or 19 marks, which the BU authorities suspect, has been given arbitrarily. The committee will conduct surprise inspections and check whether colleges have maintained records pertaining to the assessment.
Henceforth, BU will conduct internal assessment for 30 marks. This follows a suggestion from Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) for uniform internal assessment in all universities across the state.