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Mangalore University students can take NCC as optional subject

National Cadet Corps ( NCC ) will be an optional subject for students of Mangalore University at the degree level. The university’s academic council on Friday approved the proposal.

This decision will enable students doing BA, BSc and BCom to take NCC as an optional subject along with two other subjects. Hitherto, students joined NCC units in their colleges voluntarily.

The commander, NCC group headquarters, in a letter dated 14th November, 2012, had urged the university to introduce NCC as an optional subject. A seven-member committee headed by M Rajashekar, dean, department of science and technology, framed the syllabus on 6th September, 2013. The committee also decided on the qualification for teachers who would teach the subject, vice – chancellor TC Shivashankara Murthy said.

Chairing the academic council meeting, Murthy said the main purpose of offering NCC as an optional subject is instilling discipline in students. Regular commissioned service officers with a master’s degree from a recognized university in defence and strategic studies or defence management studies, or regular commissioned service officers with a master’s degree from the Indian National Defence University, are eligible to teach the subject.

Since commissioned officers heading the NCC units have the above qualification, finding teachers will not be difficult, the VC said. Besides, faculty who work as NCC officers in colleges, too, can teach NCC as a subject. It is not necessary that colleges offering NCC as an optional subject will have to have an NCC unit functioning out of the college.

To former speaker K G Bopaiah’s suggestion on imparting NCC training to students outside the academic purview, Murthy said it might be an additional burden for them.

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Mangalore University to Reinvigorate Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation Board

The 33 – year – old Mangalore University has taken the fine print of Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, literally in its right spirit.

A move to reinvigorate the planning, monitoring and evaluation board that vice – chancellor TC Shivashankara Murthy announced at the second general meeting of the academic council for academic year 2013 – 2014 on 20th September, 2013, is enshrined in section 27 ( F ) of the above Act and the university has made this a top priority.

This board that functioned in fits and spurts at the university in the past is expected to give impetus to university’s functioning in the areas of initiating research programme, and monitoring them, carrying out inter – disciplinary activities, interacting with outside agencies for training, extension and research, and monitoring their progress from time to time. The board will also be vested with responsibility of implementing programmes and activities as decided by it to give the university a distinct edge in research.

While the board headed by a director is functioning well in University of Mysore, Mangalore University, an offshoot of its parent university at Manasagangothri, is finding its feet now in this vital aspect of its functioning.

Education experts conversant with the powers and scope of this board aver that the board has the right to liaison with industries and funding agencies and strive to bring in big – ticket research programmes to any university that has this set up.

Vice – chancellor TC Shivashankara Murthy told TOI that the 10 member board that consists of the VC and the registrar ( administration ) acting in advisory capacity and representatives from the state government, planning board and industry. “We will identify a suitable person of experience to head the board shortly,” the VC said, adding the proposal will be placed before the Syndicate of the university when it meets next.

The UGC has also mandated universities in the 12th Plan to set up research committees to give direction to research carried out in higher education bodies. This committee will screen major research projects, scrutinise and certify if the projects submitted are in order and in accordance with UGC guidelines. “The university which has already attracted major research funds will be better placed for higher research grants through this committee,” he said.


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