4-yr degree courses to start this academic year itself
Thiruvananthapuram: The expert committee has recommended that 4-year degree course and triple main courses which give prominence to research can be started in the state this academic year itself.
Also the possible courses that can be introduced here have been included in the report submitted to the government by the committee headed by MG University Vice Chancellor Dr Sabu Thomas.
New subject branches also should be included along with conventional subjects. Courses in new subjects which are not introduced in the state yet also are suggested in the report.
The courses can be started in the colleges which has NAAC 'A' grade or ranked below 100 in NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) ranking.
After the 4-year graduation, the PG course should be only one year. Then the students should be able to join research, the report recommended.
Though the committee suggested to start the courses this year itself, there are at least six hurdles to overcome this.
- The colleges should submit the application for starting a new course within August 31 of previous year. As this time period has ended, the government has requested the Governor for relaxation in time limit. It is likely to be allowed.
- First, letter of consent has to be submitted after considering the application given to the university. Then permission should be sought from the government.
- The government should take a decision to start the courses and give no-objection certificate. The conditions regarding new teaching posts or appointment of contract teachers also should be decided before this.
- Permission should be sought from higher institutions like AICTE and Medical Council, if any.
- After this, the university will allot courses assessing the facilities in the college.
- If the course is not available in the university currently, the scheme, syllabus, eligibility of teachers and students should be decided. This has to be fulfilled by Board of Studies and Academic Council. These procedures are time-consuming.