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Old February 11th, 2011, 06:14 AM   #1
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Karnataka Education: Schools/Colleges/Universities

Karnataka Education thread is to post news & updates of all existing and upcoming schools, colleges & universities in Karnataka.

Karnataka state has been a pioneer in the field of education with many great Institutions.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 06:16 AM   #2
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Gulbarga varsity launches microbial technology course

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The Gulbarga University has launched an innovative post graduate diploma in Microbial Technology and Bioprocess Engineering, the first of its kind in the State, from the current academic year.

The one-year interdisciplinary course in the emerging areas is open to any student with life science background. Students with MSc in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Engineering graduates with any biology subject, Medical, Pharmacy, Agriculture, and Veterinary science graduates are all eligible for the course. The selection for the course will be made on national-level merit criteria. Due to lack of information, only eight students have sought admission in the maiden year, while the sanctioned strength is 12. Out of the eight students admitted, in the first year, seven are from MSc in Microbiology while one is a BE in Biotechnology. The regular classes will start this month. The University Grants Commission has sanctioned Rs 40 lakh to Gulbarga varsity for purchase of necessary equipment and infrastructure.

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Chairman of the Department of Microbiology Dr Y M Jayaraj told Deccan Herald that the new course was very useful as it gave value addition to the basic life sciences knowledge and makes the students industry-competent. “Due to industrial exposure and practical orientation, the students will have greater chances of getting placement in various industries’’ Dr Jayaraj said, adding the course has extensive applications in the areas like microbiological industries, vaccine, enzymes, tanning and pharmaceutical industry. Besides the students emerging from the new course can have easy placement in quality control, research and development wing. Enzyme treatment is said to be the latest trend in a number of industries replacing the chemical treatment. The new course extensively deals with enzyme treatment which creates better demand in the industry. The two-phase course comprises two semesters. Phase I includes theory and practicals in the department, phase II involves a two-month placement in industrial/institutional R&D for a project work and phase-III covers theory and practicals.
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Funds sought for Kannada Study Chairs abroad

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The Kannada Development Authority has submitted a proposal to the State government seeking a grant of Rs two crore each to Kannada Study Chairs in four universities abroad.
Three universities in Germany and one in Austria have set up Kannada Chairs where several scholars are into research. Authority Chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru on Thursday said he had appealed to the chief minister to allocate funds to Heidelberg University, the University of Wurzburg and Munich University in Germany and Vienna University in Austria. Chandru had led a delegation to these universities a couple of months ago and the team interacted with the faculty of the Indology Department and felt the need for financial assistance to strengthen the Kannada Study Chairs.

Movie library: He said these varsities had separate library comprising 2,500 books and hundreds of Kannada movies. Many faculty members in the department have studied Kannada literature in Karnataka. The foreign universities require only seed money to strengthen the departments, he said. The Authority will provide Rs 2,000 a month to students studying in post-graduation centres of Kannada in neighbouring states. The Kannada Development Authority has selected 80 students from financially poor families for the benefit. The beneficiaries will receive the money at a function to be held in Bangalore on Sunday, February 13.
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nice to see education is also getting its due
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KDA plans funding to set up Kannada Chairs abroad

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Bangalore: For the benefit of Kannada research scholars residing abroad, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has mooted a proposal on funding to set up Kannada Chairs in Munich University, Heidelberg University, University of Wurzburg, all in Germany; and Vienna University, Austria.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, KDA Chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru said Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had been urged to allocate Rs. 2 crore each to set up a Kannada Chair in each of the four universities in the State Budget for 2011-12. These universities have established Indology Departments to teach Indian languages.

For the benefit of research scholars, universities have sought one-time grant to set up chairs and purchase Kannada books.

Mr Chandru, who led a delegation to these universities, said the University of Wurzburg has nearly 2,500 Kannada books and 250 video cassettes of various Kannada films.

The foreign universities had also inked pacts with some of the State universities for promoting Kannada and exchange of faculty, he said.

The KDA chief said the Government had decided to hold a programme at the Freedom Park here on Sunday to grant fellowships of Rs. 20,000 each for 80 postgraduate Kannada students studying in seven universities located outside the State.

The annual fellowship amount of Rs. 16.38 lakh would be given to 38 girls and 42 boys studying MA programme in Kannada in Kannada PostGraduation and Research Centre, Kasaragod; Madras University, Chennai; Osmania University, Hyderabad; Bombay University, Mumbai; Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai; Dravida University, Kuppam; and Sollapur University, Akkalakote.

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BU offers land for Bhuvaneshwari statue

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The Bangalore University has offerred ten acres of land for installation of a mammoth statue of goddess Bhuvaneshwari on the Jnanabharati campus.

Sources said BU Vice-Chancellor N Prabhu Dev was very keen on getting the proposed statue installed in the varsity premises. The University wanted to set up a centre for learning and research in Kannada if the government accepted the proposal. A decision to this effect was taken at the Syndicate meeting on Thursday and it would be conveyed to the Kannada and Culture department. According to sources, some of the Syndicate members initially opposed the proposal. They contended that the varsity should not turn into a destination for religious tourism. However, the V-C and other members convinced them saying that the statue would help promote the University at the international level. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had announced a grant of Rs 25 crore for the installation of the statue. Minister R Ashoka had said the statue may come up at the Freedom Park, Gandhinagar. Official sources also said the statue may come up in the Race Course, if the government took control of the Turf Club land.
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University of Mysore to host ‘Suvarna Manasa - 2011’ from Tuesday

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To commemorate the 50 years of the Manasagangothri campus, the University of Mysore (UoM) is organising an academic exhibition, ‘Suvarna Manasa - 2011’ between Feb 15 and Feb 22.

The Suvarna Manasa would bring to fore and showcase the academic success and excellence the University achieved in the past 50 years after the establishing of Manasgangothri campus.

About 42 different departments in the University campus in science and technology, humanities, commerce and education and four exclusive centres, Maharaja College, Hassan and Mandya post graduate centres would host the exhibition showcasing various activities, research programmes, new experiments and the adoption of communication technology in teaching and in the library, V G Talawar, Vice - Chancellor of UoM told a press conference here on Saturday.

The major attraction at the expo would include live experiments, hi - tech laboratories, film shows, cyber crime, quiz shows, digital library, global warming, rain-water harvesting, crime prevention, online trading and securities, micro finance, chemical garden, display of 12 th century AD idol of goddess Natya Saraswathi, 10 th century AD sculpture of goddess Parvathi, rock garden and others.

It would also host exhibition on cartoons, newspaper clippings, historic monuments and photographs. The expo will be open to public between 2 pm to 8 pm for students and general public.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa would inaugurate the week-long programme at the inaugural event to be held at Senate Bhavan at 10.30 am on the day. Higher Education Minister V S Acharya, Chairman of Karnataka Science and Technology Academy U R Rao are expected to attend.
Source:- Deccan Herald
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Health clubs in all govt schools soon

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By an order, the government has made it mandatory for all its schools to have health clubs to monitor the health of children.

It had issued a circular on August 21, 2010 asking schools to set up such clubs, but not satisfied with the progress, the government has now made it compulsory for the schools to set up the clubs. The government initiative comes in the wake of the oft-articulated concern about the deteriorating impact of the modern lifestyles on children across State over the last few years. It is stated that the initiative to make these clubs mandatory was mooted by the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri. While Education Department officials state that the health clubs were already in place across the State over the last few years, it has now taken a proactive stance for making it mandatory in all its schools. “The clubs are just a forum to ensure that the physical health of every school child is monitored,” an officer of the Department of Education told Deccan Herald.

However, health clubs in this context are radically different from the similar-named gyms in five-star hotels. The government concept of a school health club is just a rudimentary, first level check-up of students by teachers. Last year’s circular had asked all secondary schools to have two nodal teachers for the club, a regular teacher and the Physical Education teacher to monitor the children on a regular basis. The children would undego initial screening by the teachers for any health problems, and would be referred to a doctor. The Department had also suggested competitions for generating awareness among students, like painting, book readings and other activities for the health clubs.

“We have tied up with the Lions and Rotary clubs to avail services of doctor among their members,” the officer said. In case of serious medical issues and emergency, the nodal teachers will facilitate to take the the children to the nearest government hospital for treatment. Officers estimate that 536 primary and secondary schools across the State would have the health clubs that were to be up and running by September 9, 2010. “We have almost covered 70 to 80 percent of our schools by initiating these clubs. However, there are a few more schools which need to set up these clubs,” said the official. In Bangalore, however, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has stated that the circular is yet to reach it and it was not aware about the details of these clubs.
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MYSORE: Finally, South India's first music varsity Dr Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University in Mysore will commence its academic activities from March-end.

Notwithstanding the land controversy, the varsity has decided to go ahead with the classes at Lakshmipuram School on JLB Road. The varsity was denied land to set up its campus for two years ago. In the process, it wasted one academic year. Some 100 acres of land was allotted to it by the district administration at Varakodu was objected to by the forest department saying it was forested.

The process of admission has commenced and the last date for registration is February 25. However, the fee structure will be finalized at a meeting of finance officers and registrars of different universities of Karnataka on February 24.
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Davangere V-C refuses comment on engg college
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DAVANAGERE: "I have no comments, it is the government which decides about bringing University BDT College of Engineering (UBDTCE) of Davanagere under the VTU umbrella," said Davanagere University V-C Prof S Indumathi, reacting to the government's move on the issue.

Further, she said that if it was in the interest of students and faculty, she had no objections.

UBDTCE principal Prof K Revanasiddappa was not ready to comment on the move immediately as he said he needed to think it over.

However, it was a reason for great joy for most of the faculty and students of UBDTCE for bringing their college under VTU for several reasons: "We will get a high level of recognition both at the national and international levels if our college is brought under the VTU tag," said a senior professor, onconditionof anonymity.

The students said it would help them to have a uniform calender of events including holding of exams and declaration of results.

The college is facing a dearth of recognition and lacks campus placements. There is a shortage of teachers. There is no guest house or auditorium of its own which could accommodate all the students of the college. There is no separate PG block nor classrooms to hold MTech classes, said a PG student.
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Zero waste management plant planned at UoM Sericulture dept
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University of Mysore (UoM) is all set to house a zero waste management plant, thanks to an offer by Mysore City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner K S Raykar to install the plant in the varsity campus.

He was speaking to mediapersons at the inauguration of Biowaste management through composting and vermi-composting organised by the Department of Sericulture, UoM.

Commending the reform activities being taken out by UoM, Raykar said that the initial funding of around ` 20-25 lakh for setting-up a waste management plant will be given by MCC.

He said that the plant will be managed by the university and women self-help groups (SHG) will be given priority to take care of the management of the plant.

He said that segregation and classification of waste will be taken by the Self Help Groups.
Pointing out that the MCC wouldn’t stake claim on any revenue generated, Raykar mentioned that the revenue generated will be utilised for the maintenance of the plant.

Describing the functioning of Biowaste management, Associate Professor Department of Sericulture, Dr Basavaiah said that waste was being accumulated from July last year.

During this time, 50 tonnes of compost and three tonnes of vermi-compost were being generated.

He said that vermi-compost will be sold at Rs four per kg, while one tonne of compost will be available for Rs 1,000.
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Mysore’s own news channel at Suvarna Manasa!
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Mushrooming of '24x7' news channels in the electronic media has also whetted one’s interest to peek into the newsroom.



Given an opportunity, the interested brains, especially general public, will definitely make a beeline into the studio. And, that’s what is happening at Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) of University of Mysore.

The centre has converted a tad big hall into a newsroom, as part of the ongoing ‘Suvarna Manasa Expo 2011’, at Manasagangothri campus.

The exhibition is organised as part of the 50th year celebrations of the good old campus.
Aptly named ‘news room’, it gives the visitor a glimpse of the set up with a newscaster facing the camera.

With women making their presence felt in almost all the fields, media is not an exception.
Here too, at the newsroom, two girl students help you with the minute details, besides donning the roles of newscaster and cameraman, on request.

Brainchild

EMMRC Director Dr A Balasubramanyan, the brain behind the concept told Deccan Herald, he placed a computer screen in a reverse direction in front of a mirror to create a Teleprompter (device used at present to read the text seeing directly at the camera) making the facility complete.

For those having a taste for other technologies, a photo sketch convert gives you a feel of swiftness- it takes a split second to show your photograph captured in the web camera, convert into contour.

Move a bit further, you have ‘photo shine’ literally meaning numerous photoframes with neatly worked out designs readily available, followed by ‘funmorph’.

Just place the curser and drag the photo according to your whims and fancies giving it a funny look for ‘fun morph’.

Other interesting exhibits are ‘PTZ’ camera- P-pan, T-tilt and Z-zoom, ‘Mysore marvels’ a slide show of the history of Mysore produced by EMMRC, multi-channel mixer, gramophone to name a few.

The studio too is kept opened, and it will sure answer most of your related queries. The exhibition will remain open up to February 24, between 2 pm and 8 pm.
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21ST KARNATAKA HISTROY CONGRESS IN CITY FROM FEB.25

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Mysore, Feb.24 (SB)- The 21st Session of the Karnataka History Congress will begin in city from Feb.25 under the aegis of the Department of Studies & Research in History, Karnataka State Open University (KSOU).

The three-day Session will be inaugurated by Prof. S.A. Bari, Vice-Chancellor, Kuvempu University, Shimoga, at Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar auditorium, Senate Bhavan, Manasagangotri, on Feb.25 at 10 am.

Prof. B. Sheik Ali, retired VC, Mangalore & Goa Universities, will take part as the chief guest.

Prof. Shivanna, retired History Professor, Mysore University, will chair the Session and Prof. K.S. Rangappa, VC, KSOU, will preside over the function.

Prof. S. Chandrashekar, President, Karnataka History Congress and Prof. R. Rajanna, Gen. Secretary, will be present.

Prof. Sheik Ali will release the 20th Session souvenir. Prof. Rangappa will release 'Adhunika Bharata' book authored jointly by Dr. A.C. Nagesh and Prof. R. Rajanna.

The Sessions will come to an end with a valedictory function on Feb.27 at Cauvery auditorium in KSOU premises at 4.30 pm.

Nadoja Dr. D. Javaregowda will deliver the valedictory speech and Prof. O. Anantharamaiah will be the chief guest.

At the Sessions, more than a hundred papers will be presented by scholars and researchers on ancient, medieval and modern Karnataka history, political, social, economic & religious conditions, art, architecture, culture and traditions along with various movements.

The Karnataka History Congress was started in 1980 by a group of history scholars with an aim to bring interest in the public about the history and traditions of Kannada land.

Veteran scholars like Prof. A. Sundar, Prof. A.K. Shastri, Prof. Shettar, Prof. Syed Azam, Prof. Jamuna, Prof. Vijay Poonacha and others will be present along with around 500 History lecturers, researchers and students.
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Budget allocation for Education

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Higher Education

A post graduate centre at Kushalanagar under Mangalore University would be set up during 2011-12, for which Rs.5 crore has been provided. For imparting specialized training in Music and Art, Music University, Janapada University and Lalithakala University have also been established. In 2011-12, Rs.10 crore would be provided for their development.

The outlay for Higher Education has been enhanced from Rs.1,676 crore in 2010-11 to Rs.2,002 crore in 2011-12.

Primary and Secondary education

An outlay of Rs.900 crore has been made for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 2011-12. The State Government has provided Rs.394 crore to supplement the central grants for this programme.

In view of the popularity and good outcomes of Nali-Kali, this scheme has been extended to cover students of 3rd Standard also. 7 lakh children in the State will be benefiting from this scheme. 2.65 lakh teachers have been given residential training under the scheme.

Under the Rastriya Madhyamika Shikshana Yojana started in 2010-11, 74 model schools have been established. State Government will provide 25% of its share to this scheme. A sum of Rs. 50 crore would be provided in the year 2011-12.

Under the popular, effective and useful bicycle scheme, during 2009-10, 5.32 lakh students have been given bicycles. In the coming financial year about 12 lakh students would be provided bicycles pertaining to the period 2010-11 and 2011-12. Rs.250 crore will be provided during the year 2011-12 for this.

At present free text books are being provided to the students of 1st to 8th Class studying in both government and aided schools. During the year 2011-12 free text books will be supplied to students of 9th and 10th Class also.

People from rural areas have complained that income certificate is being insisted upon at the time of admitting their children to Government primary schools. Therefore from the year 2011-12 onwards this condition of income certificate would be dispensed with.

A new scheme for adult literacy called Sakshara Bharath has been started. This programme is being implemented in 20 districts including 11 districts of north Karnataka. In this programme a total of 40 lakh non-literates including females of 15 years and above in rural areas would benefit. Priority is accorded to scheduled castes, schedule tribes, minorities and other backward classes. A provision of Rs.5 crore as State share is made for 2011‑12.

Since the activities of Bharat Scouts and Guides are conducted at the high school level, this subject will be transferred to the Department of Primary and Secondary Education. An amount of Rs.4 crore will be given for constructing Scouts Bhavan in Bangalore and to provide uniform of scouts and guides for the poor children.

The total outlay for the primary and secondary education has been increased from Rs.8,830 crore in 2010-11 to Rs. 10,281 crore in 2011-12.

Karnataka Knowledge Commission

Headed by the eminent space scientist Dr.K.Kasturirangan who is also a Member of the Planning Commission, the Karnataka Knowledge Commission is working with a mandate to transform Karnataka into a vibrant knowledge society. The Commission has given several recommendations in the focus areas of literacy and school education, higher education, vocational education, humanities and management, health services and knowledge networks. An amount of Rs.10 crore will be provided for implementing the projects recommended by the Knowledge Commission.

Medical Education

The total annual intake of undergraduate courses in four government medical colleges at Bangalore, Mysore, Bellary and Hubli have been increased from 500 to 800 seats. Simultaneously proposal is also being made to the Medical Council of India for increasing the number of PG seats. With these additional seats, along with the 600 MBBS seats in the newly started six government medical colleges, the availability of qualified medical doctors will increase considerably.

An amount of Rs.5 crore will be provided to upgrade the Rajiv Gandhi Chest Institute as a national institute. To provide specialised health care services to senior citizens and to take up research activities a ‘Geriatric Institute’ at an estimate of Rs.5 crore would be established in the premises of Rajiv Gandhi Chest Institute. Karnataka Institute of Diabetology is developing as a unique centre for comprehensive treatment and care of diabetic people. An amount of Rs 5 crore will be provided for strengthening the institute. For upgradation of Dharwad Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Institute, Rs 5 crore would be provided.

Hrudaya Sanjeevani Scheme is being implemented successfully by Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research. During the current year, 992 poor patients have already been treated. An amount of Rs.5 crore will be provided to continue this scheme.

An amount of Rs.25 crore will be provided to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli.

Ayush: World Ayurveda Conference was held successfully this year in Bangalore. With a view to encourage study of Ayurveda, it is proposed to start an Ayurveda college in Shimoga in 2011-12. An amount of Rs.10 crore will be provided for this.

During 2010-11, more than 45,000 patients were treated in Ayush hospitals and clinics. In all district hospitals Ayush units would be started. For this purpose Rs.5 crore would be provided. In Ayush Hospitals and in other places, Wellness Centres would be established on Public Private Partnership basis.

In order to provide preventive, holistic and lifestyle management practices, a new scheme called ‘Ayush Grama’ would be taken up on PPP model in one Gram Panchayat each in 10 taluks on pilot basis.

The outlay for the Medical Education has been increased from Rs. 723 crore in 2010-11 to Rs.826 crore in 2011-12.
Source: State Budget
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State plans “grading” system for engineering colleges
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The state government which is in deep trouble over the fee reimbursement arrears that amount to nearly `3,500 crore, is once again talking about a “grading” system for engineering colleges apparently to rein in the college managements. To this effect, it has directed the high-power committee set up for the purpose to grade the colleges within two weeks.

The managements, meanwhile, see it as an “arm-twisting tactic” adopted by the government to create panic among the colleges which are demanding the fee reimbursement arrears.

The government had appointed a three-member high-power committee in August last year to grade the colleges based on their faculty and infrastructure after it received several complaints that majority of the engineering colleges in the state had failed to comply with the AICTE norms despite running for several years.

Sources said that the government wants to grade engineering colleges into four categories. Top colleges will be graded “category A” and average colleges “category B”. The remaining below-average colleges will be graded as “C” and the rest will fall under the D category which are “unfit” to run classes.

The government plans to release fee reimbursement arrears on priority basis to colleges depending on the grades. While A-grade colleges will get 100 per cent of the arrears, the B-grade ones will get 50 per cent and the C-grade colleges will get 25 per cent arrears immediately. The D-grade colleges will be issued notices to comply with the minimum norms to claim the funds.

As per official estimates, less than 70 colleges out of 700 engineering colleges in the state fall under “category A”. A major chunk of the colleges are sub-standard and can be “checked” while releasing the funds.

Sources said that the government wants to bring to the notice of the Supreme Court the existing “ground realities” in colleges with regard to the quality of engineering education being offered to students after claiming huge amounts from the government. This will be done as part of its affidavit to be filed before the SC within four weeks.
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All 1,500 institutes of Higher Learning & Research to be Linked with National Knowledge Network by March, 2012
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The Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12 has announced that the connectivity under National Knowledge Network (NKN) to all 1,500 Institutions of Higher Learning and Research through optical fiber backbone would be provided by March, 2012.

The Finance Minister pointed out that 190 Institutes would be connected to NKN during the current year.

The NKN was approved in March, 2010.

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Gulbarga University to open PG centre at Basavakalyan
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Bidar: Gulbarga University plans to open a postgraduate centre at Basavakalyan, Vice-Chancellor E.T. Puttaiah said here on Saturday.

Speaking at the inauguration of a library devoted to the works of 12th century Sharanas at the Basavakalyan Development Board (BKDB), he said the university would announce the details of the project soon.

BKDB special officer S.M. Jamdaar promised to build a hostel and other buildings for the proposed centre in Basavakalyan.
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ICHR proposes two new centres

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The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has submitted a proposal to the Central government to open two more regional centres in the country.

According to ICHR Chairman Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, who was in the City to inaugurate an exhibition on the Vijayanagara empire on Tuesday, a proposal has been submitted to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) for two more regional centres in Srinagar and Mumbai. “At present, there are two regional centres – the Southern Regional Centre in Bangalore and North Eastern Regional Centre in Guwahati,” he said. A proposal has also been sent to the HRD Ministry to increase the scholarships for research purposes on a par with UGC scale. Fellowships are also likely to be awarded to senior historians. The scale of these fellowships are also likely to be increased in a month’s time. The organisation is also planning to expand its activities by organising a regular series of lectures about books on history.

The exhibition of pictures, rare archival documents and maps showcases temples, tombs, forts, bazaar, water management systems and inscriptions during the era between AD 1336 and 1684. Visitors can also enjoy old photographs, rare maps and sketches drawn by the Portuguese and the English. There are inscriptions in Persian, Dutch and Kannada languages on display along with a set of photographs of Hanuman, Veerabhadra and Mailara Narasimha in Hampi sculpted to enthuse warriors. The ICHR chairman said the collection was intended to bring out the cultural variety during these periods. “Some people claimed that the Vijayanagara kings were of Karnataka origin, while others claimed they were Telugu rulers. This kind of ambiguity is interesting and we wanted it reflected in the multi-cultural nature of the period,” he said. He also said they were attempting to reach out to the general public rather than focus on academics and scholars. There are about 15 documents and 125 pictures of various monuments of Hampi, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga, Golconda, Ahmadnagar, Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Kannur and Tiruchirapally. The exhibition also highlights the syncretic culture comprising Sufis, Sharanas, and Dasas. The period of Vijayanagara promoted languages like Persian, Dutch, Arabic, Kannada Telugu, Tamil and Marathi. Sultanate states like Bahamani, Adil Shahi, Qutub Shahis, Barid Shahis and Nizam Shahis were also influenced by the indigenous culture and promoted the regional literature in their respective states. ICHR is located on Palace Road, near Mysore Bank Circle and the exhibition is on till March 10 between 10 am and 5.30 pm.
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BANGALORE: A list of examinations reforms, most significantly one that proposes to disallow students from “carrying over” more than half their exam papers as arrears, was proposed and put up for discussion among principals from affiliated colleges of Bangalore University here on Tuesday.

Reflecting on the proposals that aim at tightening the examination and academic system, Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya, who delivered the inaugural address, spoke of the need to focus on the quality of the system.

Among other proposals, the reforms suggest that the university will only conduct examinations in even semesters, and the odd semester exams will be handled by the colleges.

Question papers

Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev said that the question papers for these college exams will be set by the university. If approved with consensus, and by university bodies, these proposals will be implemented from the 2011-2012 academic year.

This would mean that the university would return to the system of annual examinations, instead of testing students every semester. The proposal also clarifies that ranks and gold medals would be based only on the university examinations.

Proposal

Dr. Acharya explained that the proposal for this was mooted by Member of Legislative Council M.R. Doreswamy who had written to the Government on the issue.

Mr. Doreswamy said that this was imperative to reform the system, while Dr. Acharya maintained that consultations with various stake-holders will show the way forward.
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