PU courses with poor enrolment ‘merged’ with nearby colleges
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.”
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.