We Don't Want Universities to Mushroom: Deshpande

The state government will not allow the mushrooming of private universities that do not have the required physical and academic infrastructure, Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande said on Wednesday.

Published: 23rd January 2014 08:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd January 2014 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

The state government will not allow the mushrooming of private universities that do not have the required physical and academic infrastructure, Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande said on Wednesday.

 Speaking at the launch of Reva University, one of the six private universities in the state, Deshpande said the state government will permit the establishment of private universities only after thorough verification. Only four out of 22 institutions that were legislated to become private universities by the previous government have been notified, he added.

 “We need more universities, but we do not want them mushrooming,” Deshpande remarked. He said the previous government has passed the Private University Act, 2012, that has specified the requirements for an institution to become eligible for the private university status. “A committee of senior IAS officers and other authorities will look into the requirements and submit a report that will verify the presence of sufficient infrastructure, proper faculty and human resources in the institutions. Only then will the government look into it. We want universities with class and excellence,” Deshpande said.

 Reva University in Kattigenahalli, Yelahanka, is managed by Rukmini Educational Charitable Trust and joins the rank of private universities like PES University, CMR Institute, MSR University of Applied Sciences, Azim Premji University and Alliance University.

 Deshpande said the institutions that have been legislated by the previous government should approach the state government. “Their bills have been passed and we will not chase them. If they approach us, we will appoint a committee and we will make a decision based on the committee report,” he added.

 Vice-chancellor V G Talwar said the university will offer 16 undergraduate, seven postgraduate and doctoral programmes in 18 areas in the academic year 2014-15.

“In the next five years, we plan to become an innovative university and offer up to 75 programmes,” he added.

Loan Facility Maybe Extended

Deshpande said the state government is contemplating the extension of the loan facility for students in general universities and degree colleges under the Rajiv Gandhi Loans Scholarship Scheme, which he said only covered professional education. “We are taking it to the Cabinet shortly,” he said, without revealing more details. The loan scheme covers students whose parental income is less than `2.5 lakh and who have availed bank loans,” he added.

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