Mangalore University to open another constituent college
The sixth will come to Moodbidri even as the statutes of three are pending approval
With three of the University of Mangalore’s five existing constituent colleges awaiting formal state government approval, the university is on the verge of opening its sixth constituent college (owned and operated by the university) at Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada in the 2021-22 academic year. .
With the exception of the two former constituent colleges of the university, one, University College of Hampankatta and the other, Field Marshal KM Cariappa College in Madikeri, three constituent colleges, University College of Nelyadi, University College on the Mangalagangotri campus and the Evening University College in Hampankatta. , which have been opened in recent years, still do not have formal government approval.
Of these, University Evening College and University College on the Mangalagangotri campus are over five years old. Both came into being in the 2015-2016 academic year and the Nelyadi College, which is over three years old, was opened in the 2018-2019 academic year when K. Byrappa was the vice- chancellor.
They do not have permanent teachers, non-teaching staff, their own buildings and other basic amenities.
In the midst of such a scenario, the Syndicate, the university’s highest decision-making body, agreed to open another constituent college in Moodbidri.
A statement from the university said on Sunday that Minister of Higher Education, Computing and Technology, Science and Technology, Skills Development CN Ashwath Narayan will symbolically inaugurate the new constituent college which will be temporarily housed in a school building in Bannadkka, Moodbidri, in a function on the university’s Mangalagangotri campus on Monday.
PS Yadapadithaya University Vice Chancellor and CK Registrar (Administration) Kishor Kumar said The Hindu that the statutes of three constituent colleges opened in recent years are awaiting state government approval.
Approval is expected within a month, the vice-chancellor said.
Mr. Yadapadithaya said that temporary teachers and non-teaching staff will be appointed in the new college which will offer BBA, B.Com and BCA courses. The university will have to cover the salaries of temporary staff from its internal resources. He will provisionally appoint the directors of the colleges of Nelyadi and Moodbidri. An appointment notice will be issued in a few days.
The Registrar (Administration) said the statute for the new college to be presented to Moodbidri has yet to be sent to the government for approval as the union approved it only a few days ago.
A former president of the Association of Professors of University Colleges of Mangalore (AMUCT) Hayavadana Upadhya said the university should first clean up its existing constituent colleges. Later, he is expected to open new colleges.
The three colleges opened in recent years do not have a library and laboratory. It should first appoint permanent professors, non-teaching staff to these colleges and provide basic infrastructure. Otherwise, the quality of education will suffer.
“Opening new colleges just to increase quantity and giving in to pressure without focusing on maintaining quality will be an injustice to students,” he said.