Bangalore University’s inspection committees found 30-40 per cent of BU’s colleges “inadequate”

Every year the Bangalore University’s squad comprising of aprox 25 inspection committees, conducts routine inspection of all 600+ colleges affiliated under BU.

The research report of this year which has not yet been presented but is soon to be presented it was revealed that these local enquiry committees found around 30-40% of BU’s colleges to be “inadequate”.  Inadequate in the sense of not following the rules and regulations of the University.

This inspection activity is carried on by the University’s committee once in every year in order to ensure that the colleges are functioning as per guidelines and are working towards progress. The committees final report serves as the basis for whether the license of the particular college is to be renewed or cancelled. Lat year, the license of 2 colleges were cancelled and the last to last year of 11 colleges.

This year’s final report hasn’t been made yet but it is in news that the committee has found some 30-40% of the colleges inadequate. What action will be taken by BU is yet to be seen.

The committees consists of academicians and university officials  and the team visits all the 600 colleges under BU each year to carry on the inspection process.

The colleges are judged on the following parameters:-

  • Infrastructure index comprising of 20 questions
  • Faculty index comprising of 13 questions
  • Management index comprising of 30 questions
  • Student performance index comprising of 6 questions

Grounds for the colleges being adequate

The chairman of the committee found the compliance with the rules and regulations of the University was the main concern area. He said that, “Colleges have to display fee structures on their noticeboards, they do not do it. They have to have a PhD faculty with 10 years’ experience for a principal, but that does not happen. There should be sufficient rooms and the ratio between the number of classrooms and students should be right, and that is not followed.”

Another committee member said, “The library should be well-equipped and must have a librarian; that is lacking in most places. The computers section should be adequate for teachers and students. We always say that teachers should engage in research works and that is also a fault line we have been finding”.

The other rules include the holding of a cultural programme once a year, the list of students passed out must include students with distinction and rank holders, there should be some provision for remedial classes, scholarship distribution, and the colleges should also try applying for NAAC accreditation.

As per the Chairman, the non-compliance with all these parameters have led these colleges to become “inadequate”.

The effect of the score

On the basis of score scored by a colleges as per the parameters, further action is decided.

If the score of a college is-

  • around 40%, then it is eligible for the affiliation to get renewed
  • at 45%, the college can increase the no. of admission of students
  • at 50%, it can take on additional courses after sanction by BU
  • at 60%, it can apply for permanent affiliation
  • at 65% or above, permanent affiliation status can be renewed.

An academician, a member of Bangalore University’s inspection committee said: “LIC reports are crucial. If it says a college is not fit to run, then its affiliation will be cancelled. We take action. The university has some of the best colleges in the state. New colleges have to struggle a bit and that is why they might be shown as ‘needs improvement’.”