Foreign students will be permitted to research: Karnataka University

By Anusha

Karnatak University, Dharwad, has now decided to allow foreign students to take up research tasks, henceforth, international students can go ahead with research work at the university.

H.B. Walikar, vice-Chancellor announced this after a discussion at the university's academic council meeting held at Dharwad on Monday. As per the announcement, international students are allowed to enroll for research work. He said, the doctoral degree however, will not be accepted for job opportunities in India and it will be declared in the certificate awarded to them.

Prof. Walikar said many international students had showed interest in considering research work at the university.

"In order to provide them an opportunity, they could be allowed to take up research after signing an undertaking that the doctoral degree would be issued only for academic purposes and they would not use it as an eligibility to work in the country," he said. He clearly stated that the Ph.D. seats assigned would be above and over the seats that are existing for other research students.

Currently, foreign students are permitted to take up research work by Pune University.

Certain academic council members, counting M.S. Subhash, raised the problems concerned with illegal activities carried out by some foreigners who joined different courses just to obtain visa in the country. Before providing the foreign students a permit to take up research work, permissions from the embassies of their respective countries must be taken, they suggested.

Foreign students allowed to research: KUD

Internal evaluations

The issue pertaining to the internal evaluation marks being given randomly in a few postgraduate centres and colleges was mentioned in the meeting. Prof. Walikar made a point when he said, all students could not be given 20 out of 20 internal marks. Deans from various institutions were asked to come out with directions on granting internal assessment marks, keeping in mind that this will not affect the meritorious students.

Answering about a query pertaining to whether additional chances should be provided to pass the course for B.Ed. Students, like the ones given to B.Sc., BA and B.Com. students , Prof. Walikar said work was under process to provide 3 chances to B.Ed. students.

New course

A 1 year L.L.M. course, has been promised to be permitted at Karnatak University, by the academic council. The meeting resolved to close 2 colleges in Hubli and Belgaum, following the incapacity to run the colleges, by the respective educational institutions.

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