International Accreditation Organization (IAO)
IAO grants Candidacy Status to
"Bangalore University"
(http://www.bub.ernet.in )
 


PRESS RELEASE

26thJuly 2011, New Delhi, India: IAO is glad to announce that the accreditation committee has recommended "Candidacy Status" to "Bangalore University"Bangalore. The candidacy status has been granted to Bangalore University in the light of the great contributions made by Bangalore University in the area of academics and allied areas in the past few decades and in the current times under the dynamic leadership of Prof. N. Prabhu Dev.

Bangalore University (commonly known as BU, Kannada: ) is a public university located in Bangalore, Karnataka State, India. The university is one of the oldest in India, dating back to 1886. The university is a part of The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and nears the status of "Potential for Excellence" which is reserved for the top 10 universities in India under the Guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC).The University is engaged in research through MoU with foreign and local universities, organizations and institutions. Numbers of its departments are identified by UGC as Centres of Excellence.

The University was opened as the Central College, Bangalore in 1886, by the British Government to award University degrees. It was renamed as the Bangalore University from Central College, Bangalore by the UGC, India on July 10, 1964 by the government under the then State of Mysore to consolidate institutions of higher education in the city of Bangalore.

The university now operates from two campuses - the Central College Campus and the JnanaBharathi Campus.

The Central College, Bangalore (established in 1886) and the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) (established in 1912) (the two original institutions in Bangalore) were subsumed into this university. With the promulgation of the Karnataka State Universities Ordinance of 1975, which aimed at bringing uniformity to all universities in the state, the university lost its federal character and became a state-affiliated university. In 1973, the University moved to the Jnana Bharathi Campus located on 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of land.

The Bangalore University gave birth to universities like Visvesvaraya Technological University, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences.

The university's Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) has been designated by ISRO to train astronauts for the Indian space program. Bangalore University has been awarded the Sir M Visvesvarya chair from ISRO to perform research in space science.

Because the University produces the largest number of Ph.Ds in India, it has acquired a good reputation among foreign universities. Consequently, the university hosts a growing number of foreign students.

Bangalore University is Ranked 13th among 500 universities/institutions in India(India Today Nelson servey). 

The Candidacy Status was recommended to Bangalore University in the light of its overall contributions to academics, research, and splendid Placement Track Record and the various evidences provided by Bangalore University and their overall process compliance of International Accreditation Organization i.e. IAO (
www.iao.org)

The accreditation process was initiated with the process of application followed by submission of the required information and other annexures required for the accreditation process. The detailed review, report and recommendations along with recommendations of various other members of the accreditation committtee was forwarded for awarding "Candidacy Status" to Bangalore University.

The University has demonstrated high standards of teaching and research.

The Vice-Chancellor is Dr. N. Prabhudev. In 2001, the university was accredited by NAAC and received Five Star Status. The university then once again reaccredited under the new grading system with a grade A.

Sir C.V.Raman, Nobel Laureatephysicist, was associated with the University while working at the Indian Institute of Science.He had announced his Nobel winning work at the University premises based in Central College, Bangalore in 1927.He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1930.

Professor Leonid Hurwicz who served Bangalore University as a Professor in Economics won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2007. Professor Hurwicz served as a Professor of Economics at Bangalore University from 1965-1968. During his Fulbright year, he taught classes at Bangalore University. Professor Hurwicz credits his Fulbright experience as "an important phase in my development and a significant influence in the development of my economic theories."

A committee monitors research activity in the University. Over 85% of the faculty members of the University have doctoral degrees and they are engaged in guiding research scholars. Faculty members are eligible to guide students after 5 years of teaching and publications in peer reviewed journals.

The number of Ph.D. awarded during the past five years is about 600. There are over 1044 students currently registered for Ph.D. and about one fifth of them are part-time Ph.D. students. The University encourages college teachers from affiliated institutions to carry out research in the post graduate departments. Several teachers of colleges work under the Faculty Improvement Program (FIP) of the Government. About 10% of the students are NET scholars.

The university offers research fellowships to one or two students a department in each academic year to promote research activity. The SC/ST Cell of the University provides financial assistance to the SC/ST students for preparation of the dissertation at postgraduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. There is one hostel exclusively for research students. A majority of the research scholars are drawn from the jurisdiction area of the University.

The university has developed 5 years integrated Masters courses in science, arts, business and social science.

The faculty published over 1300 papers in learned journals during past five years. However, only about one third of the faculty members are publishing regularly. Faculty members have made original contributions in the fields of Fluid Mechanics (Mathematics), Organo silicon chemistry, peptide synthesis and organo-metallic chemistry (chemistry), Aquatic Biology and Fisheries (Zoology), tissue-culture techniques for rare plants (Microbiology and Botany), Petrology and Geochemistry (Geology), Highway road research (Civil Engineering), mulberry research (Sericulture), collection of rare Kannada manuscripts and cultural folklore artefacts and translation of significant works of literature from Indian languages into Kannada (Kannada) and in Oral History. Awards include the fellowships from National Academy of Science, Indian National Science Academy, Royal Society Bursary.

The University monitors research activity of the faculty members through annual performance appraisal reports. Publication linked incentives to the faculty in the form of reduction of teaching load and enhanced funding from the University resources may be considered.

The Department of Sericulture is involved in the extension activities by offering expertise to farmers and officials of the Government with regard to production of silk.

The research activity of the Departments of the University is well recognized in the form of special grants from the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, Zoology, Physics and Geology are receiving special grants from UGC in the form of DRS, SAP and COSIST to the tune of Rs.20 million for the development activities. Several faculty members have major research projects supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), UGC, CSIR, Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources etc. The faculty was able to generate about Rs.80 million during the past five years. The highway road research itself generated over Rs.20 million.

The DSA Center in Fluid Mechanics of the Department of Mathematics conducts research in applied mathematics. Research work by the faculty in the center resulted in 31 publications in the past year in international journals. One of the faculty members associated with the center has been conferred the VV Narlikar award.

In the liberal arts and language departments, Kannada is active in research publications and publishing of books. The department collects rare Kannada manuscripts and cultural artefacts. The Department has published an annotated directory of the manuscripts in its possession and has also set up a small museum of cultural items collected from Karnataka. The department offers expertise to the Government in promotion of the state language.

The Research output of the Department of Political Science specialises in Human Rights, Election Studies, Civil Society, and Women Empowerment in Karnataka Government. The Department has represented India in an international research project "World Value Survey" in which 65 countries participate. Bangalore University is working as a nodal centre for Asia in this project.

The Department of History is doing research work in the areas of art history, Women Studies, modern history of Karnataka, freedom movement and nationalism.

The contribution from the Department of Sociology is in the areas of Sociology of Women, Family and Kinship, Sociology of medicine, and Sociology of Markets. The department of Social Work has carried out state sponsored projects and some of the findings have been adopted by the Karnataka State.

The Department of communication has a production unit and is producing program capsules for broadcasting through public channels in collaboration with Doordarshan. A studio has been set up in collaboration with Doordarshan. The Department can be made a nodal agency for the production of weekly student magazine, which can act a catalyst for student progression.

The faculty of the university published over 150 scholarly books during the past five years. Some of the books in the fields of Mathematics, Zoology, and Physical Education are used by the undergraduate students.

The university is promoting holding of research symposia/seminars/workshops of national and international level to advance research culture in the Departments. During the last five years, the University has organized about 84 conferences/seminars/workshops/annual meetings of the Indian National Science Congress.

The university is promoting a research attitude among faculty by providing leave to pursue studies in national and international institutes. About 10% of the faculty have availed themselves of this leave. The university has a provision for granting sabbatical leave to senior faculty.

The consultancy services that are offered by the post graduate departments are largely informal.In addition, several departments such as Communications, Psychology, Statistics, Environmental Science, English, Computer Application and Geology offer certificate courses to the public as a part of extension activities and also for generating funds for the University. The city campus at Central College, Bangalore University is used for this purpose.

About IAO:www.iao.org

International Accreditation Organization (IAO) is an international educational quality assurance agency working to enhance the standards of education around the world.Accreditation and educational quality assurance are essential factors that complete the educational ecosystem. While regional accreditation bodies have dutifully evaluated education providers on a regional scale; a body to recognize and accredit education providers on an international scale was needed in the wake of growing globalization. With more students studying at Educational Institutions or working for companies outside their home country, it was imperative to create standards that are both regionally and internationally recognized and accepted. 

The India chapter of IAO is in charge of standardizing and promoting traditional and non- traditional education in the India region. We have native members in our team who are well aware of the dynamics of India education system and possess the necessary expertise and knowledge to serve in the education field in India.

The India chapter is responsible for organizing seminars, workshops and education expos; it also facilitates IAO in serving education institutions and other stakeholders within the India region. 

To accomplish the challenge, IAO created a unique Points Profile System by organizing the best global practices in education at one place. This evaluation criteria was developed by gathering the common educational quality assurance standards from all over the world in collaboration with regional accreditation bodies. IAO's Point Profile System works as general basis of evaluation for any education provider, regardless of its regional location. The core focus of the Points Profile System is to work as an additional international accreditation for education providers that will supplement their regional accreditation. 

The Points Profile System is a dynamic and evolving system that is continually updated in order to cater new developments in the academic world. In relation to this, IAO is also working upon a Points Profile System for students on an individual level that will increase individual acceptability and recognition of students in both educational sector and the employer market. 

IAO owes its success to its strong network and team of accreditation professionals spread in over 25 countries around the world. IAO has also collaborated with regional accreditation bodies to supplement their strict accreditation methods with its expertise of standardizing the educational environment internationally. IAO's expertise and services are also recognized by different global accreditation associations.

Values:

Foster excellence in education all over the world in collaboration with regional accreditation bodies through the development of criteria and guidelines for assessing educational effectiveness.

Encourage institutional improvement of education endeavors across  the globe through continuous self study and evaluation.

Ensure the confidence of educational community, the general public, and other agencies or education providers.

IAO has formed alliances with renowned regional accreditation bodies for the promotion and accreditation of traditional, non-traditional and vocational education in their respective regions. IAO's international accreditation supplements the regional accreditation with its expertise of Points Profile System, supported by latest technology to establish, preserve and promote the finest educational standards worldwide.

For Further Details, Please Contact:

Professor (Dr.) Rana Singh
www.ranasingh.org
Chapter President -India
IAO
E-mail:
dr.ranasingh@iao.org
Phone: +91- 8866971103
Mobile: +91-8800049885
http://www.iao.org
 

 

Source: By E-mail (July 27, 2011)

Published on IndianMBA.com on July 27, 2011

 

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