Amid boycott by Congress and JD (S) members, the State Legislative Council on Friday approved two separate Bills for the establishment of four more private universities in Karnataka.
Tabling the Bills, Higher Education Minister C T Ravi sought approval from the House to enable JSS Science and Technology University, Srinivasa University, Vaidehi University and Garden City University to set up campuses across the State.
Opposition Leader S R Patil questioned the urgency for pushing the Bills on the final day of the session. He termed it a bad precedent and said his party needed at least two to three days to study the Bills.
JD(S) leader Basavaraj Horatti, C H Vijayshankar of the BJP and Maritibbegowda criticised the government for batting for private varsities.
While B J Puttaswamy suspected hands of mafia on the lines of real estate, R V Venkatesh of the Congress said the government would not have any control once it gives its permission.
Dissatisfied with the minister’s reply, Congress and JD(S) members staged a walkout.