“BCU should expand offerings, provide opportunities for undergraduate research”

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Bengaluru City University (BCU) may consider using the provisions of the National Education Policy (NEP) to expand its offerings, said K. Kasturirangan, Chairman of Editorial Board, NEP and National Framework Curriculum, Department of Human Resources Development.

Delivering the speech at the first convocation of the BCU here on Monday, Dr Kasturrangan said that the NEP places a major emphasis on holistic and multidisciplinary education as a fundamental component at all levels of education, especially l undergraduate education. The current siled approach to undergraduate education must transform into an integrated, multidisciplinary, and holistic approach to liberal education. The University Grants Commission recently published draft guidelines for transforming higher education institutions into multidisciplinary institutions.

“BCU may also consider using these provisions in innovative ways to expand your offerings,” he said and suggested including some undergraduate research opportunities. He also suggested that BCU could consider hosting a center of excellence in educational technology and work closely with the proposed national forum on educational technology.

At the postdoctoral level, the National Research Foundation, as the NEP suggests, will foster a vibrant research ecosystem by building research capacity in all institutions and at all levels, from undergraduate to doctoral. “Masters and Ph.D. programs should seek to provide teaching experience alongside exposure to research… if implemented, these steps will not only qualitatively enhance teaching and research, but will also be an instrument for the provision of far-reaching contributions to innovations and problem-solving ability in multidisciplinary areas of value to society,” he added.

CN Pro-Chancellor and Higher Education Minister Ashwath Narayan pointed out that women have outperformed men. He said the number of students under BCU is expected to increase several times. At present, 1.3 lakh students were pursuing their studies in various BCU affiliated institutions. “The higher education sphere should become self-sustaining and the practice of looking to government for resources should end. The NEP will grant autonomy and freedom to universities. The administrative process is dematerialized,” he said and added that the NEP envisages meaningful links between academics and industries, which would help solve the problem of unemployment.

Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, who is also Chancellor, presented certificates of degree to 84 students, including 64 postgraduates and six undergraduates who received gold medals and cash prizes. Doctorates were awarded to Mr. R. Jaishankar (social work), V. Ravichandran (cinema) and Satyanarayana Murthy (medicine).

Two union members threaten to resign

Two members of the Bangalore University Union, appointed by the state government, threatened to resign.

On Monday, named TV members Raju and Gopinath questioned the withdrawal of Sohan Lal and Govindaraj’s nomination. In their place, the government has already appointed two others.

Opposing the move, they claimed that two other government-appointed members would also step down from their positions with them. They claimed that the government had given no reason to withdraw the appointment of Mr. Lal and Dr. Govindaraj. They claimed that Mr Lal had raised objections regarding the use of funds allocated to the university for the construction of a block at the Visvesvaraya Engineering University which has already been declared an autonomous institution. Both members have now called for an investigation into the embezzlement allegations.

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