Mangaluru, July 24, 2015: Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University K. Byrappa has said that the university has reasons to increase the fees of postgraduate courses from the current academic year. However, it will examine the demand of students to rationalise it. VC Byrappa said the total fees had not been revised for the past four years.
The VC said the university, from the current academic year, would offer Rs. 5,000 as monthly fellowship to those students who have enrolled for research. It would be offered to general category students as students of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were already getting it. With this, all research students at the university would get monthly fellowship.
In addition, the university was planning to offer fellowship to one meritorious student from each department to encourage joining research. The fellowship would be offered for one year.
The Vice-Chancellor said the university has appointed “adjunct professors” from the current academic year to teach post-graduate students. He said the university has planned to upgrade the laboratories of all science departments as modular laboratories (similar to modular kitchens). In the modular laboratories, all equipment were systematically arranged. It could be dismantled and chemical drops would not damage the floors. Upgrading all laboratories would require about Rs. 5 crore.
He said monthly salaries of guest teachers have now been increased from Rs. 8,000-Rs.14,000 to Rs. 16,000-Rs.28,000. The monthly salary of temporary staff such as clerks has also been hiked from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 9,000.
The Vice-Chancellor said the university recently organised an open house to showcase its strength to those students who were interested in joining the postgraduate courses and apprise them why they should join the courses at the university campus.
VC Byrappa said building a postgraduation centre at Chikka Aluvara in Kodagu district had cost the university Rs. 20 crore. In it, the governments’ contribution stood at only Rs. 1 crore. It had to bear the amount from revenue generated in house.