Mangaluru, July 17,2017: Addressing teachers at the 31st annual general body meeting and the annual convention of the Association of Mangalore University College Teachers (AMUCT) at Canara First Grade College in Mangaluru on July 16, Sunday. Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University K. Byrappa on July 16, Sunday asked college teachers to expose students to the hard realities of rural life, stress was on rural connect.
He said the university had made rural-related project work compulsory for fourth semester post-graduate students. The colleges could also take similar steps to connect students to rural areas. If students were exposed to rural life they could think of contributions to rural development once they pass out of the college or university.
Teachers should never opt out of the field of education after attaining superannuation, Mangalore University vice chancellor Prof K Byrappa said. Post-retirement, teachers should remain active by contributing to the education field in particular and society in general by publishing their research papers and by involving themselves in community service, he advised.
Further, asking teachers not to ignore research activities, he said when he joined the university there were 340 research scholars. Now their number has risen to 1,050. The university hopes to add another 300 researchers by next January.
The Vice-Chancellor said he showed no disparity between teachers in colleges and teachers in the university campus teaching post-graduation courses. He considered college teachers on a par with university teachers and took steps to encourage them by allowing eligible college teachers to guide research scholars. It resulted in having “enemies” for him within the campus as many did not like it.
He said regulations of the University Grants Commission did not allow a college teacher to guide unless he taught post-graduate students. The university would help such teachers as they could teach as guest teachers to post-graduate students in the university.
The Vice-Chancellor asked retired teachers to continue research activities and keep them busy through various activities including writing.
M Vaman Kamath, Canara High School Association alternate treasurer and chartered accountant, opined that there is a need to advocate a change in the current education system in order to inculcate skills and the sense of responsibility among students, which will make them confident when they are exposed to the practical world.
Canara College principal Dr Malini K V lauded the efforts of AMUCT in organising teachers for a noble cause. AMUCT members, meanwhile, urged the government to implement the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission.
Prof K Byrappa released the bulletin of AMUCT on the occasion. Retired lectures, lecturers who have been awarded with doctorates and special achievers were felicitated on the occasion. Prof Byrappa too, was felicitated.