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Bangalore: After a long wait Wipro Chairman Azim Premji finally got the nod from the state government on Wednesday to establish a Private University in Karnataka. When established, it will be the first of its kind in the state.


The long-drawn attempt to establish the first private university in the state has been finally met with the promulgation of an ordinance to establish the Azim Premji University— promoted by Wipro Chairman Azim Premji— on Wednesday, informed the Azim Premji Foundation (APF) sources.


The Azim Premji University Ordinance 2009, received the assent of Governor H R Bhardwaj earlier this week, said the sources. It will be a unitary university established in Bangalore, focusing chiefly on development of school education.


The University will focus on providing high quality training for government school teachers, capacity building among government education administrators, and developing resource centers.


It will also offer degree and diploma in subjects such as education management, education policy, elementary education, teacher education, and technology education, said the sources.


Earlier, Azim Premji Foundation APF) had indicated an unwillingness to wait until the next legislative session in December for the government’s nod to the project. Subsequently, the state government decided to take the ordinance route to establish the university.


The Ordinance has been modeled on the Himachal Pradesh Private Universities Act that provides the government extensive control over the university. APF, in contrast, had pressed for the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) University Act adopted by Uttarakhand - a less intrusive Act.


Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, who has been extending support to the Government in improving educational facilities in several districts of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region over the past decade, had approached Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa, and Minister for Higher Education Limbavali to set up a private university.


The expected cost of the university is Rs 200 crore, with a focus on educationists and teaching professionals attached to Wipro. There are several deemed universities in Karnataka, which impart medical and technical education.













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