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Bangalore varsity to introduce welfare schemes for students

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— FILE PHOTO: K. MURALI KUMAR

PROGRESSIVE MEASURES:A significant proposal is the reservation of one seat during admissions in postgraduate courses for the single girl child, and full waiver of tuition fees.

BANGALORE: Bangalore University's (BU) Academic Council meeting here on Wednesday had some good news for students: it proposed two new welfare schemes for them.

Taking into account the inability of students from deprived backgrounds to continue studies in the event of the breadwinner's demise, the university will introduce the Vidyarthi Medical Policy for Students offered by the National Insurance Corporation. The scheme offers Rs. 1 lakh for educational expenses in case the earning member of the student's family passes away.

If the event of the death of a student in an accident, Rs. 50,000 will be given to the family. The scheme also provides for cashless medical reimbursement, and will be available at 150 hospitals in the city. The university plans to earmark Rs. 20 lakh for the scheme from this academic year.

Single girl child

Another significant proposal is the reservation of one seat during admissions in postgraduate courses of BU for the single girl child, and full waiver of tuition fees. The proposal aims to discourage female infanticide and sex selection, as well as promote education among girl children. Affiliated colleges have been asked to accommodate 50 per cent concession in the fees for every girl student who is one of two daughters, and who are the only children in the family.

A new scholarship scheme has also been introduced from this year according to which single girl children from below poverty line background, studying in PG courses will be given a scholarship of Rs. 500 per month.

Obsolete courses

A committee was formed to identify “obsolete” courses that had no takers, and suggest replacements accordingly. The committee identified six such courses, including BA (RC) Marketing, Industrial Relations, Commerce; Philosophy; Rural Development, Social Work, Tourism, Women's Studies, Music, Dance, Drama and Music, Choreography, Speech and Hearing; B.A. (Vocational) Archaeology and Musicology and Optional Hindi, Urdu, Telugu and Tamil among others.

M. Siddananda, who headed the committee, also recommended the introduction of common language textbooks for Arts, Commerce and Science streams, as well as streamlining the examination papers for the disciplines. A study group will be constituted to define the functions and organisation of the proposed Bangalore School of Economics (BSE) under BU. While Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev will be the Chairperson of the study group, former Infosys Board Member T.V. Mohandas Pai will be co-Chairperson.

Deferred

The Academic Council meeting decided that the date of notification of the abolition of the grace marks will be modified. Instead of Novemebr 4, 2010, the abolition will now come into effect from the academic year 2011-12. This in turn will prevent the ripple effect of having to change the marks of exams conducted earlier.

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