Karnataka: Forum of Former Vice Chancellors presents report to tackle ‘management gaps’ in higher education

The Forum of Former Vice Chancellors of Karnataka (FVCK) recently submitted a report to the state’s Department of Higher Education recommending a large number of changes to address ‘administrative gaps’ in the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, among others.

Dr KS Rangappa, Chairman of the FVCK, at a press conference in Bengaluru on Saturday, said that a five-member panel of former Vice-Presidents chaired by Dr N.S. Ramegowda had been set up to identify “serious gaps” in the implementation of the NEP in the first year. courses.

The committee organized a training workshop for students and faculty members in 12 colleges affiliated with Mysore University on October 15. It then prepared a report based on the problems faced by faculty and students in understanding and implementing NEP 2020. It also identified “gaps, confusions, and unresolved fundamental issues” in the selection of interdisciplinary courses by first-year students during 2021-22. In addition, the forum also said that 70-80% of faculty members expressed their inability to advise students regarding the selection of interdisciplinary courses.

The forum pointed out that the inability of faculty members to provide advice in selecting courses and uploading them to the UUCMS government portal has caused major administrative and academic problems.

The forum also clarified that faculty members of affiliated universities who have to prepare new curricula, are unable to conduct end-of-semester exams and assessment work on time, which leads to delays in issuing grades certificates to students.

The forum also condemned the move of the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) to make mathematics, chemistry and physics electives for engineering students under a “curriculum renewal”. The authority sought to withdraw the decision.

Rangaba said, “Without basic sciences like physics, chemistry, and mathematics, science and technology do not exist. In addition, no engineering subjects can be understood without basic sciences.”

The forum stressed the need to give more powers to deputy professors and deans of faculties in selecting legal officers and faculty members. In addition, it also asked the government to conduct orientation programs for vice presidents, registrars and academic deans to help them handle administrative and academic processes efficiently.

Ramegowda, Former Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysuru said: “We want to volunteer ourselves as part of the forum to conduct orientation programs for new vice chancellors and academic deans on the job. This will help in enhancing the management and academic prospects of the university in the long term. We want to work with the government. To better manage higher education responsibilities.

The FVCK report also suggested recognizing open public universities in the ‘traditional’ versus ‘specialised’ category.

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