This one is a real shocker, to say the least.
Deccan Herald reports, quoting the Mysore University VC,
IISc and University of Mysore will ink a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) next month for the setting up of the campus, which, in all probability, will be located near the Academic Staff College in Manasagangotri.
The IISc Governing Council and
IISc Court, the decision-making bodies, have recently given a green signal for the new campus. The construction of a full-fledged campus will be taken up with financial assistance from the Union Human Resource Development Ministry and State government,…
I am totally confused at this. With all due respects to Mysore University and its faculties. They simply are too below par to deserve an IISc campus – IMHO. If IISc were to look for an external campus in the neighbourhood, my first thoughts will be Madurai University – with its long, excellent track record in Biosciences. Pune University with its good Physics Department, Biotech and chemistry will, in fact, be the prime candidate. Pune U has long association with TIFR and its proximity to National Chemical Lab should give this type of expansion a big boost. But I understand that Pune U will also get an IISc campus, along with Kolkata. But it deserves to be a part of TIFR expansion, if and when that happens – just to build on its history.
Besides, the plans for Mysore seem to be bizarre, to say the least. “The IISc campus will enable university students gain advanced knowledge and exposure under an exchange programme“. Why call this an exchange, when Mysore campus will, in fact, be a part of IISc? If they are going to be freely moving between the two campus, it is not an exchange. An exchange happens when some students trained by a school (that runs on one set of philosophies) goes to another school to get a totally different outlook.
surprised also to read that Prof. Balaram, the IISc Director says that they can collaborate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Honestly, I do not see there is anything for IISc faculty to learn from Mysore. On the other hand, they can teach them a lot, inculcate research culture and free thinking. But then why only the traditional PCB? Why not beyond?
And to top it all, the VC says “We have qualified English faculty. IISc would like to have University English lecturers to teach the language to experts in IISc, Bangalore“. Give me a break! IISc has(d) a foreign language section (I learnt German there). Just hire a couple of english experts there and drop ‘foreign’ from the department name. Why make big fuss shipping ‘experts’ across for this. And by the way, are IISc professors informed about this ‘necessity to be educated in english by experts from Mysore U’?
(I am sure Abi might have written something on this, but I avoided reading his opinion first before writing mine).