The Government PU colleges perform badly with a pass percentage of 30 to 35% as compared to the average pass percentage of other state (55 to 60%). Some North Karnataka Government PU colleges are even reported to have a 0% pass percentage.
After adopting the National Science Core curriculum as its course curriculum from 2012-13, the state has now started realizing the need of improving the teaching quality in these PU Colleges. In order to facilitate this PU department has tied up with IISc – Indian Institute of Science, to train the teachers in Government colleges.
PU college sent a first batch of its 10 teachers to the Chitradurga district based talent development centre of IISc at Kudapura for assessment. The teachers were selected from PU colleges across the state where college results were very poor.
The teachers were given question papers of 100 marks in each of the 4 subject of science. Nearly 50% teachers scored below average marks between 0 to 10 in few papers. Depending on the performance in assessment, further steps will be taken to upgrade the teaching standards.
Earlier, the PU department had conducted teachers training but, it did not give fruitful results. The PU department is now conducting programs to execute the new syllabus.
At present there are nearly 750 Government PU colleges in the state with 2000 faculty members. While around 50% of these teachers are shortlisted on the basis of Karnataka Public Service Commission, rest 50% are promoted to PU colleges from High School level.