In July, the Karnataka State Government split up the 130-year-old Bangalore University into three separate varsities, creating the newly formed Bangalore Central and Bangalore North Universities.
The Bengaluru Central University, which has over 233 colleges, plans to change city’s higher education landscape with several reforms, the Bangalore Mirror reported.
Starting with going digital.
The admissions, administration, examinations and evaluations of results will now happen digitally.
Being more inclusive
The university wants to strengthen its policy on inclusivity. Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, professor S Japhet said, “As the university is embedded in the heart of the city, it gives us a major task to set the foundation strong. Among students, it aims to provide equal opportunity to women, SC, ST, backward classes, persons with disabilities, and other marginalised sections of the society.”
Have a higher teacher to student ratio
The university also wishes to attract and retain highly qualified faculty members and wants to achieve a 1:15 faculty to student ratio. The varsity will even have local and global teaching and research collaborations.
Open doors for other sources of funding
State funds and students fees will need to be supplemented if the best opportunities are to be provided to students. The university will throw open a CSR wing, as well have consultants provide expert advice on research and other proceedings.
Smart cards for attendance and facilities
Smart cards will be introduced for students and to show when they enter and as a requisite for attendance.
New schools to make the variety of education richer
BCU aims to start new schools in its first phase of operations.
Additions to existing departments in areas like science, mathematics, commerce and management, communication, apparel technology and management and foreign languages will be made too.
In addition, research-based centres in the areas of urban studies and film studies are being planned. These are aimed to address the critical needs of the city, its economy and people.
What is the budget for all the changes?
A budget of Rs 1,000 crore over four years has been presented to the government for consideration. At least Rs 325 crore is required for the initial work.