Economics teachers in universities heaved a sigh of relief after a recent ruling on who is eligible to teach a subject.
A meeting of the higher education council headed by state higher education minister CT Ravi said those who have done their post-graduation degree in a particular subject are most eligible to teach it.
The ruling put an end to long wars waged between the departments of economics and commerce in state universities including Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Kuvempu.
The subject for post-graduation will be the eligibility criterion for teaching that subject no matter whether one has studied the same in the undergraduate programme or not.
“Most universities have this problem. So we decided to give importance to the PG subject. However, the board of studies of that particular university should look into it,” Ravi said.
There are about 3,000 Economics lecturers and 7,000 Commerce lecturers in the state. However, Commerce lecturers claim that they have the right to teach Economics because they studied Economics in UG and PG levels as a major subject.
Conflicts arising from this clash of views were going on for up to 20 years in state universities and the government had made efforts to end them.
In 2009, Aravinda Limbavali, the then higher education minister set up a committee headed by K Hanumanthappa, former vice-chancellor of BU, to submit a report on the problem.
Hanumanthappa died and the problem persisted,
A few months ago, the higher education council tried to tackle it by asking the heads of some warring university departments to sort out the issue among themselves.
The Karnataka State Economics Teachers Federation opposed this plan and threatened to go on a statewide protest and also to move the court.
Following fresh complaints from universities, Limbavali’s successor VS Acharya had set up a committee under Prof Bisallaiah to submit a report.
Based on the committee’s report, the higher education council recently gave its verdict.