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Demand spurs seat increase

Ranchi, Feb. 20: Buoyed by the response of students in pursuing degree-level vocational studies, Ranchi Univ- ersity has decided to incre- ase seats in different courses from 60 to 95 in four institutions.

The colleges, where seats would be increased from the 2008-09 session, include Marwari College, Ranchi, JLN College, Chakradharpur, Ranchi College, Ranchi and Ranchi Womenís College.

The courses include bachelor of science in information technology, bachelor of business administration and bachelor of computer application among others.

At present, 16 vocational courses are being run in 22 different colleges, the authorities of which claimed that companies recruited 578 of their students by December 20 last year.

In todayís meeting of RUís vocational course co-ordi- nators, the authorities also decided to hold practical te- sts of vocational courses before conducting theory examinations.

The authorities also enquired whether there was uniformity in vocational courses run by different colleges.

RU authorities also decided that there should be at least two teachers for each vocational course batch of 60 students.

If any institute has less number of teachers, then the vacancies must be filled up through contractual appointments.

All college principals have been asked to provide the exact number of teachers in vocational and add-on courses and if there is paucity of them.

A meeting of the RUís council of vocational studies is slated for February 23 in which college-wise budget for vocational and add-on courses are supposed to be submitted.

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