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The choice based credit system will soon see a partial rollout in undergraduate courses as per a decision of the State’s apex education body, the Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) on Thursday, 21st July 2011. The credit-based system is already in place in PG courses.Announcing the decision, KSHEC Chairman and Higher Education Minister S Acharya said students in undergraduate courses would be able to choose additional subjects not related to their core courses. “For instance, a student in Arts stream can choose some Science subjects if he or she is interested,” said Acharya. The system is likely to be introduced only in the next academic year. In the meantime, universities have been asked to submit details of expected demand for various courses within the next two months.
KSHEC has proposed Mysore as the location for the University for Innovation. This is part of a proposal to establish 14 innovation universities Centre under public private partnership. The proposal will now be placed before the cabinet for a final decision.
Distance education On the recent controversy with regard to the Karnataka State Open University offering distance education programmes in technical courses, Acharya said AICTE guidelines clearly stated that technical courses need to have a fixed amount of classroom time. “According to Supreme Court judgments, distance education courses in technical education cannot be offered.” He said this would also be applicable to general universities offering these courses. Centres of Excellence KSHEC has approved the proposal to establish centres of excellence in all universities of the State. A few centres of excellence will be established in frontier areas of science and technology such as bio-technology, bio-informatics, nano-materials, high performance computing, industrial design and chaos complexity self organising system.
Vice-chancellors have been asked to bring proposals to the next meeting of KSHEC in two months. A programme for rejuvenating UG and PG programmes at various universities in the State was also approved Council. The programme includes skill development components, establishment of career guidance and counseling centres, introduction of community colleges and integration of co-curricular and extra-curricular performance with academic performance. Amicable settlement On the conflict between Economics and Commerce department lecturers over jurisdiction of subjects in many universities, Acharya said he had asked the heads of these departments to settle the issue amicably through talks.
Courtesy: Deccan Herald Paper
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