Govt gives go ahead to Azim Premji varsity

Ordinance passed for setting up first private university in State


The State Cabinet on Friday gave its nod for promulgating an ordinance to provide statutory backing for setting up the private university. The Cabinet also gave its go ahead for promulgating an ordinance to set up the Karnataka Samskrita-Veda University.

According to the provision of the Azim Premji University Ordinance, the university will provide teaching, training, research and development in the fields of elementary, secondary, education management and policy. Besides, courses in education in science, social science, humanities and management will also be offered.

A security deposit of Rs 25 crore will have to be deposited by the Azim Premji Foundation, the social arm of the IT major Wipro, for setting up the university.

The Governor of the state will be the Visitor of the University. The Visitor can call for records of the varsity and pass necessary directions. However, the state government will have no role in the appointment of officers. But in case of mismanagement and maladministration, the government can interfere.

Sanskrit University

The Sanskrit University Bill had received flak when it was tabled in the Legislative Council in July this year. The Opposition had accused the BJP government of trying to propagate its “saffron agenda” by setting up the university. The university will be  offering courses in vedic studies, shastras, vedanta, and ancient Indian sciences among others.

Nagappa report

Acharya said the Cabinet decided to accept the R G Vaidyanatha Commission of Inquiry report on the circumstances that lead to the death of the former Minister H Nagappa after his abduction by Veerappan.

The commission was asked to find out the reasons for the failure of the security system, which led to the abduction of Nagappa from his residence in Kamagere in Hanur on August 25, 2002. Nagappa was provided with the “Y” category security.

The 132-page report was submitted by Justice Vaidyanatha in 2006. Acharya said the government will provide five to ten acres land as requested by Nagappa’s wife Parimala on the outskirts of Bangalore to set up a memorial in the name of the former minister.

Disciplinary action would be initiated against SI Sashikumar for dereliction of duty in Hanur when the abduction took place, he said.


Other decisions

* National Swastha Bhima Yojane to be extended for 18 lakh BPL families in Belgaum, Mysore, Bangalore Rural, Mysore and Shimoga.

* Jurisdiction of Kittur Rani Chennamma residential schools to be entrusted with the Department of Public Instruction

* VAT/CST exemption for coaches produced for  Bangalore Metro by BEML

* Rs 25.9 crore sanctioned r purchase of new training equipment in ITI

* 15.46 acre sanctioned for setting up IT park in Shimoga

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