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MU nod to defence studies

Gaya, April 26: Magadh University would launch a one-year postgraduate diploma in defence management and strategic studies for trainee cadets of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) in Gaya.

In doing so, it would become the second in the country after University of Madras, Chennai, to launch the course.

The announcement was made today by Magadh University vice-chancellor (VC) Mohammad Ishtiyaque during his presidential address at the meeting of the senate.

The senate meeting witnessed a stormy session. There were protests over appointment of teachers on an ad hoc basis besides low budgetary provisions for purchase of apparatus and other issues. The senate, however, passed the deficit budget worth Rs 678.19 crore for the 2014-15 financial year. An income of only Rs 90.89 lakh has been marked in the budget and the remaining Rs 587.3 crore is expected to be footed by the government. Pro-VC Kriteshwar Prasad presented the budget.

The Member of Legislative Council (MLC) from Gaya Teachers’ constituency, Sanjeev Shyam Singh, opposed the proposal of state government to appoint teachers on an ad hoc basis on a fixed remuneration of Rs 25,000 per month.

The VC said: “Retired teachers would get priority in appointment. In case retired teachers are not available, freshers have to be appointed on contract basis till regular appointment is made through Bihar Public Service Commission to fill up vacant posts.”

Singh said it might invite demands in future for regularisation of service as is evident by recent protests by primary and secondary teachers. “The appointments should be made on a regular pay scale,” Singh said, adding: “Only Rs 1 crore has been earmarked in the budget for purchase of apparatus besides deficit budget of vocational courses coming under self-finance category.”

The VC announced several proposals towards improving the academic atmosphere and the infrastructure of the building on the campus. “For academic development, there is a proposal to start post-graduate courses in colleges that have proper infrastructure. A committee of the varsity would assess it. All passouts would be given degrees with photographs and a reference number to avoid fraud. The university has prepared an academic calendar, including schedule for start of session, filling of form, examination.

There is also a proposal to start a course in nursing for low-income group women residing around the university, construction of a separate building for the examination department, coaching centre for students preparing for competition examinations, develop a software to digitalise the files of employees, meet shortage of Grade IV employees through outsourcing, fencing of university land under encroachment and others.