Visvesvaraya Technological University to offer undergraduate course in 66 engineering schools in Karnataka
In order to rekindle interest in basic sciences, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), the only technological university in the state, has decided to offer general science courses from the current academic year.
The university has already identified 66 affiliated colleges, both government and private, based on facilities and faculty availability to offer undergraduate courses. The proposal is submitted to the state government for approval.
According to the vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Karisiddappa, this is a four-year Bachelor of Science (Honors) program that includes an exit option in accordance with the guidelines of the National Education Policy ( NEP). The university decided to start classes following a suggestion from the Minister of Higher Education, Dr CN Ashwath Narayan.
“A few months ago, the minister launched this idea at a meeting. We have tabled it before the executive council and the academic senate. Following the approval, we invited applications from interested colleges, ”said Karisiddappa.
However, the university has finalized the colleges based on the infrastructure and availability of faculties, among other things, to offer undergraduate courses. “Our engineering schools have the best faculties in physics and mathematics. Thanks to this, we can make better use of their knowledge and experience. This year we have shortlisted 66 colleges and are awaiting government approval, ”said Prof Karisiddappa.
With this, engineering schools will become multidisciplinary and students taking bachelor’s degree courses in these schools will be able to study courses like computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) as open electives.
The University has also requested the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to initiate the admission process based on the ranks announced in the Karnataka 2021 Common Entrance Test. “Priority will be given to those who wrote KCET and the allocation of seats will be by KEA. In case there are any vacancies, we will allow non-KCET students … ”, added the vice-chancellor.
Admission decided by college is 60 and the certificate will be issued by VTU as a related science degree course.
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