Central pool of faculty to encourage research

Bangalore, December, 6 : The Bangalore University has decided, along with eighteen institutions like the IIM and IISc, to set up a central consortium for exchange of students, faculty and technology to give a push to research related activities among students.

He was speaking at the convocation held at the senate hall in Jnana Bharathi Campus.

He said the consortium will be aimed at creating a knowledgebased sharing through single window and will help utilise each other's expertise.

"The university is also looking at setting up a central instrumentation facility on the campus by next year to help facilitate research by B Sc students," he said. "We have asked the departments to tell us about their requirement on equipment."

The VC said they visited the GKVK campus to see the facility there and said BU students will be using the lab on the GKVK campus.

He said they were planning to facilitate research among 100 postgraduate students by giving `1 lakh per project.

The university also plans to start undergraduate research programmes in the near future.

Prabhudev said they were keen to provide nutritious meals to students. "We are going to approach ISKCON and Akshaya Patra Foundation on Monday to provide meals to students," he said.

The meals will be provided at a cost. "We are looking at an expenditure of `45 lakh for 2,000 students," he said. "In terms of finance, we will approach banks and institutes and plan to implement it on a PPP model."

At the event, students from SC/ST category of the 2009 batch were also felicitated by Principal Secretary M Madan Gopal to encourage them to work harder and perform better.
"We held a meeting with the institutes last week and are looking at the possibility of creating a central consortium that will be beneficial to the institutes," said N Prabhudev, vicechancellor, Bangalore University. "In the coming week, we will meet to decide the finalities and are looking at signing an MoU."


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