BANGALORE: Close on the heels of its bitter experience with Bangalore University, the Sitaram Jindal Foundation has been invited by the Rani Chenamma University (RCU), Belgaum, to set up the Belgaum School of Economics in a private-public partnership (PPP) model.
RCU Vice-Chancellor Prof B R Ananthan has, in an ‘open invitation’ to the foundation, said: “It is heartening to note that your esteemed institution has taken up many corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives... We are pleased to invite your institution and explore the possibility of setting up the Belgaum School of Economics.” Prof Ananthan added: “RCU is a state sponsored university. The north Karnataka belt is a backward area and it would be appropriate for institutions like yours to uplift it. As vice-chancellor, I feel we can do wonders.”
The V-C told Express that the entire process would be made transparent, should the Jindals respond favourably to his proposal. “I will duly place the matter with all academic bodies,” he said.
Meanwhile, former BU V-C Dr M S Thimmappa said that the region lacks economic activity and infrastructure. “Imagine the conflict on a campus having a department of economics and a separate school for the discipline.”