Mysuru: The students of Karnataka State Dr. Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, who were demanding basic facilities in the University, withdrew their protest after Higher Education Minister G.T. Devegowda (GTD) assured them to resolve all the problems.
The students were on strike since the last ten days. GTD visited the campus on JLB Road in Lakshmipuram yesterday afternoon and inspected the classrooms and the musical instruments. Realising that the students were indeed facing a lot of problems, he promised to solve the problems at the earliest.
Later, addressing the media, Devegowda said that there was shortage of basic facilities in the building and the students were obviously facing problems to study in such an atmosphere. Hence, a fully equipped building will be constructed in the campus itself.
However, if the work is taken up then the classes cannot be held. Therefore, a building belonging to Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) near Mandakalli will be taken up on a temporary basis and the University will be shifted there. He will hold discussion regarding this with the KSOU Vice-Chancellor, said Devegowda.
Send the proposal urgently: The Music University Registrar Dr. Nagesh Bettakote brought to the notice of the Minister that the University building belonged to the Primary and Secondary Education Department. Reacting to this, GTD said that he would talk to the Minister concerned.
“But you give a proposal to shift the building. Along with that give a detailed report as to how many teaching and non-teaching staff are there in the University and how many staff are required,” he said.
Drop unwanted subjects: The students apprised GTD about the subjects where there were no staff to teach the subject and moreover those subjects were not at all related to their studies. At this juncture, VC Dr. Rajesh informed the Minister that according to UGC guidelines, Indian Constitution, Environmental Studies and Computer Applications must be studied.
The students counter complained that science and technology were subjects not related to them at all and it was being prescribed. GTD asked the VC whether these subjects were essential for the students to study, he (VC) replied that actually they were not important. Then drop those subjects, GTD told Dr. Rajesh.
Solve marks card problem: The students sharing the problem with the Minister regarding the marks card, said that only marks are printed and there are no title of the subjects.
Responding to the problem, GTD asked the University officials to sort out the problems within a month, and warned that otherwise a meeting will be called and stringent action taken.