UoM to start engineering college

UoM to start engineering college

September 15, 2020

Building to come up in Manasagangothri campus

Mysore/Mysuru: University of Mysore (UoM) has decided to start an engineering college from the academic year 2020-21 and submit a proposal to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) seeking permission to appoint teaching and non-teaching staff as well as start several courses.

This was decided at the Academic Council Meeting held here yesterday under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof. G. Hemantha Kumar.  

The VC said hitherto, the Varsity had planned to construct the new building for the proposed engineering college at the foot of Chamundi Hill but the idea was dropped due to some reasons. Now, the engineering college building will come up within the Manasagangothri campus. The courses will be started under the self financing scheme. 

A committee has been constituted to work out details about the total number of teaching and non-teaching staff required to start the new course. Once it is ready, the proposal will be submitted to AICTE for its approval.

He opined starting of the engineering college by the University is going to benefit the students a lot. A revenue of around Rs. 4 crore to Rs. 5 crore is expected from this college and the same could be spent on development of other departments, the VC said.

Prof. K. R. Niranjan said it was not a right decision to start the engineering college from the current academic year without the AICTE permission to prevent the students from facing difficulties in the future. 

Replying to this, the VC said if the Varsity wanted to do it, they should have done with pending approval of the AICTE. But keeping the students interest, it is decided to postpone it.

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Skill Development Training

He said as per directions from the Government and under the proposed National Education Policy, the Government Degree College of Terakanambi in Gundlupet taluk and the Government Degree College in Hassan would be taken under its belt and start skill development training centre from the next academic year. Only the college buildings and basic facilities will be handed over to the Varsity and it will take the responsibility of appointing teaching and non-teaching staff, he said. 

The Government will give the financial assistance in case they find short of funds to run the centres. Offering courses like tourism and logistics will help the candidates to become self-employed, the VC added.

10-member panel

The VC said a ten-member committee headed by Prof H.A. Ranganath has been constituted for the effective implementation of the much-hyped National Education Policy (NEP). Besides, another committee comprising 20 professors too has been formed. The Policy will be implemented upon the report to be submitted by the Prof. Ranganath Committee. It will take at least one year for the new policy to come into force, he added.

Increase Ph.D candidate numbers

Prof. Niranjan suggested to the VC to increase number of candidates seeking entrance to Ph.D in the wake of less in number. If needed, the Varsity must make changes in the existing rules.

Replying to this, Prof. Hemantha Kumar said first he will check the number of candidates who have enrolled for Ph.D in the last five years and the total number of passed candidates. This will give a picture whether there is any need to amend rules.

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The meeting also resolved to form an internal disciplinary committee for the selection of guides to guide the Ph.D candidates of Bio-Technology and for other three departments.

Registrar (Evaluation) Prof. K.M. Mahadevan, MLAs L. Nagendra and M. Srinivas, Dr. D. Anand, Prof. N.M. Talwar, Prof. R. Rajanna, all Academic Council members and CDC Director Srikantaswamy were present at the meeting.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “UoM to start engineering college”

  1. Eran says:

    Adding one more building?

  2. Bhamy Shenoy says:

    I am surprised by the decision to start a new engineering college for several reasons. Do we really need one when several engineering colleges started by the private and profit oriented groups/politicians/so called philanthropists are closing down ? As stated the new college will generate rupees four to five crores to fund other departments. Unless the college is first rate having top class professors and outstanding infrastructure, it is impossible for a college to attract self financing students. Just look at management college in the University. How much funds does it generate? Has Mysore University showed any capacity to manage any world class or top class departments in recent years?

  3. Meghadoot! says:

    Those of us who were born and brought up in Mysuru in 1950s and studied in the then only engineering college existing then, know how UOM blundered in not taking over that excellent college as university engineering college with the purpose of generous grant available then from the centre. Caste=based politics played its huge part.
    Looking at this shambolic state, Srinivas Mallya, then a MP is Surtahkal region, an arid and toddy-tapping region, used his influence with Lal Bahadur Shastry and got a regional engineering college in that GodForSaken patch. The rest is history.
    As for world class stature, the IITs are not located at best over 170, which means nothing anyway.

  4. Hare Krishna! says:

    @Shenoy often talks nonsense. No university or institute in India is world class. World class in academic circle is ranking of universities within 100 of world ranking, as published by such reputed ranking publication as: Times Higher or QS ranking tables. No university in India, including the IISC and IITs are within this 100 table. Expecting an institution in Mysuru to be world class is sheer nonsense.
    @\Shenoy I know from your posts in various blogs that you are not a fan of UOM, proudly saying what a wonderful institution your IIT Madras was, which incidentally in its 1960s admitted only 70% students on merit through entrance examinations, and the rest 30% were gerrymandered through the backdoor,based on political and administrative patronage as determined by the Director, who themselves like Pandalai were politician’s favourites-in his case a Keralite like him was lobbied hard by Kerala politicians. Working there and in another IIT as a academic member those days, it was an eye opener for me.
    Why criticise a desire to start a university engineering college in Mysuru? Bengaluru university has UVCE, and UOM has had none.
    The above poster well argued about the failure to induct the sole engineering college then in Mysuru in 1950s to the UOM fold, and how Srinivasa Mallya MP, Lal Bahdur Shastri’s assistant used this reason to get a regional engineering college to his Surathkal, an arid constituency which for all practical purposes served as UOM’s university college too for quite a few years


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