PU courses with poor enrolment ‘merged’ with nearby colleges

Sep 12, 2017

 MYSURU: Till now, only lower and higher primary schools of the state were facing zero admission problem. But this year, even the government-run Pre-University (PU) colleges are facing a similar crisis, forcing the state Pre-University Education (PUE) department to merge hundreds of combinations (course subjects) with nearest colleges and transfer the excess staff to colleges with a good number of admissions.
Sources said the department was merging those combinations for which up to six students sought admission this year.

According to PUE sources, colleges in Mysuru (15), Mandya (20), Chikkamagaluru(10), Hassan (18) and Kodagu (6) are facing a problem of poor enrolment. In these colleges, a few combinations like physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology (PCMB) have recorded either zero admissions or admissions up to 10 students. This has forced the department to merge these courses in the nearest colleges. Students and lecturers are transferred to colleges with more admissions.

Officials said following the decision of combination merger, a large number of teaching faculty categorised as excess staff have been transferred to nearest colleges with good admissions and vacancies. “Excess lecturers in Kodagu (25), Hassan (169), Mysuru (85), Mandya (73) and Chikkamagaluru (56) have been transferred,” said an officer.”

Deputy director of PU Education B C Jayadevaiah told TOI there was no proposal of closing down any PU college. He said college merger has been done combination-wise. We are just merging courses having very less admission in this year…with the nearest PU colleges,” he said.

No solution

A senior officer of the PU department said there was no solution to student shortage in PU colleges. In this academic year, the department had directed all college lecturers to take the initiative to ensure good admission by reaching out to students and parents. We also launched a drive to identify dropouts after SSLC. Despite this, many colleges have witnessed huge admission shortage,” he said.

It is not practical to keep a combination just for the sake of 3-4 students as lecturers can’t create an academic atmosphere. So, we implemented this merger scheme,” he said.