State government urged to open Antaragange University

New varsity will help solve many problems, say ministers

Ministers and legislators who attended the inauguration of the District Confederation of Private College Administrative Boards called upon the State government to open a university at Antaragange.

The inaugural programme was organised at the T Chennayya Rangamandira on Saturday.
Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, District in-charge Minister R Varthur Prakash, Members of Legislative Council Naseer Ahmed and Y A Narayanaswamy and former member V R Sudarshan, who attended, felt that Bangalore University should be bifurcated to establish a new university that would control colleges in Kolar and Chikkaballapur

districts and surrounding areas.

“Every district should have its own university. A new bill should be proposed in this regard. We had also brought the matter several times to the notice of the government,” said Sudarshan.

“The new post-graduate centre building of the Bangalore University has been under construction for several years now, but does not seem ready to see the light of the day yet. The multiple controversies surrounding the building have forced hundreds of students to continue attending classes in dilapidated rooms in buildings similar to godowns. The Bangalore University, however, continues to turn a blind eye towards this matter,” said the former MLC.

Varthur Prakash added that students from the districts are forced to travel all the way till Bangalore to correct minor mistakes in their marks cards. “A new university for the region will alleviate several problems of students,” he said.

Opposite directions

Union Minister K H Muniyappa and District In-charge Minister Varthur Prakash no doubt shared the dais during the inauguration of the District Confederation of Private College Administrative Boards on Saturday. The ministers were also seated next to each other during the programme.

But, being political rivals, they were visibly uncomfortable with the seating. All through the programme, they did not utter a word to each other, and did not even look at each other.

Also, when Muniyappa was invited on stage by the organisers, everybody on the dais, except Varthur, rose in respect.

Confederation president T S Ramesh, vice-president V Narayanaswamy, treasurer Usha Gangadhar and secretary V Manjula were on the dais.

K R Pillappa was the master of ceremony.

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