Mangaluru, Mar 23, 2015: Addressing the annual academic convention of Association of Mangalore University College Teachers (AMUCT) at Eric Mathias Hall in St Aloysius College on March 22, Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R V Deshpande said that Higher Education department had submitted a recommendation to Finance department on continuing grants to more than 100 aided colleges in the State which were established between 1987 and 1995. He added, the Finance department would also look into the problem of shortage of lecturers in government colleges.
Sports matters : The minister stated Higher Education department would implement a sports policy and introduce sports as one of the optional subjects in higher education at degree level. The Central government is to introduce the new education policy and the State will also introduce the policy through the Knowledge Commission. The responsibility is given to the Commission Chairman Dr Kasturirangan, he informed. Deshpande stated that in the past one-and-half-years a record number of government colleges had got NAAC accreditation.
The colleges with NAAC ’A’ grade with autonomous status can get deemed university status in 15 days. The government has started implementing technology and diploma selection has gone online. It has also started smart classes, virtual classes, tele-education etc., he added.
FUCTAK former president Prof Ravindra Reshme said that in Karnataka, literary world and politicians didn’t grab the benefits of globalisation. The caste-centric politics has become a barrier to development. The government should not discriminate aided colleges. The vice chancellors of universities should have good relationship with degree colleges, he said. St Aloysius College Principal Rev Fr Swebert D’Silva detailed the problems of aided institutions and the negative impact they face.
R V Deshpande felicitated former president of the AMUCT DR A M Narahari, who retired from teaching after 36 years of service. Narahari is working as the Registrar of St Aloysius College for the past eight years. Veena Narahari his wife and family members were present. The gathering was a lively one.