UGC checks 53 private varsities, finds only five 'in order'
of 53 private universities inspected by the University Grants
Commission (UGC) had been found to be in order, Human Resource
Development (HRD) Minister M.M. Pallam Raju said Friday.
Fifty-three of the total 145 private universities had been
inspected, the minister said while replying
whose capital Bangalore is a major attraction for students across
India for education, particularly engineering and medical courses,
is to get 13 more private universities, taking their total to 15.
Once these universities are set up, Karnataka will be the third
state, along with Himachal Pradesh, in the country to have 15
Rajasthan has the highest number of private universities at 33,
according to the data with the Universities Grants Commission, the
central organisation that supervises university education in the
The second place goes to Uttar Pradesh with 18 while Gujarat with
13 is the other state with more than 10 private universities.
A row, however, has broken with the opposition Janata Dal-Secular
(JD-S) claiming that a huge kickback - around Rs.100 crore -
changed hands to allow these 13 universities in the private sector
to come up.
The state's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and the people
setting up the private universities have not reacted to this
Two major students' organisations, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak
Sangh's student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and
the Communist Party of India-Marxist's Students Federation of
India (SFI), are also opposing universities coming up in the
private sector and have threatened agitation.
The two students organisations want clear guidelines on the fee
structure, reservations in admission for students from socially
and economically backward sections of the society and government
to have a say over running of these universities.
Both say the government has hurried through passing the bill
without formulating proper guidelines to protect the interests of
students from poorer sections of the society.
The nod for these universities also came in controversial
The bills to allow them were passed by the assembly on the last
day of its winter session on Dec 13 after the opposition Congress
and the JD-S had walked out of the house over the government's
refusal to extend the session by a day.
Both parties have now started attacking the BJP government headed
by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar for passing such important
bills without proper discussion in the house.
Shettar, however, is blaming the opposition, saying they did not
want to participate in the discussion though government was keen
The issue has reached the governor whose assent is essential for
the bills to become legislation.
A JD-S delegation led by its state president and former chief
minister H.D. Kumarswamy met Governor H.R. Bhardwaj in Bangalore
Friday and urged him to withhold assent to the bills since they
were passed without discussion in the assembly.
The two private universities functioning in Karnataka are Azim
Premji University, set up by IT czar Azim Premji of Wipro, and
The assembly has now given its nod for Manipal University, Arka
University, Sharana Basava University, Adichunchanagiri
University, Dayanand Sagar University, Vellore Technical
University, M.S. Ramaiah University, Devaraj Urs University, Roy
Technical University, PES University, Spiritual University, Reva
University and KLE Technological University.