Published: 19th June 2018
Affiliation for colleges without any 'reality check' draws flak at the Mysore Uni Academic Council
Deans of various faculty members express concern over institutions not abiding by UGC norms and roster system in appointments of faculty
The precedent of continuing with the affiliation for colleges with riders triggered heated discussion during the fourth general meeting of the academic council of the University of Mysore in Mysore on Tuesday.
Prof C Basavaraju, the dean of the faculty of law, questioned: "As to how long we should continue with the traditional method of issuing affiliation with a set of conditions. Though a local inspection committee (LIC) is entrusted with the task of visiting such institutes to peek into the pros and cons before deciding over the demand, it's time we have to take a decision in this regard in the interest of sanctity of the varsity."
Basavaraju who has served as acting V-C and also the registrar in the past, questioned:"How many institutions are following roster system in the recruitment of faculty mainly lecturers and principals. In most of the colleges irrespective of private and government, there are no regular principals, as they will be headed by 'in-charge' principals. In some cases, they are also not qualified according to University Grants Commission (UGC) norms."
Mahadev, the dean of faculty of arts, who buttressed the concern of Basavaraju said: "It's high time we get rid of such benevolent practices, as in some of the umbrella institutions running a chain of colleges, they claim to have been following roster system complying with UGC norms, but when it comes to individual colleges, it presents a different picture. It's better to bring the issue to the notice of the government."
However, Registrar R Rajanna who took exception to any such hasty decision suggested that it's the prerogative of the government to decide over the same', only to be opposed by Basavaraju who contended that 'varsity should take a call first'.
MLC Appaji Gowda who is also a member of the academic council took exception to the appointment of principals from different streams, as it would serve no purpose.
Earlier, chairman of local inspection committee S Srikanta Swamy said: "It has been decided to continue with the affiliation for 165 composite colleges irrespective of government and private and aided and unaided institutions spread over Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Hassan districts, for academic year 2018- 19, followed by post-graduate courses at 104 institutions and recommendations for temporary affiliation after fulfiling some of the conditions put forth by the committee."