Governor seeks clarifications on Bangalore varsity bifurcation bill

The bill, passed by the previous govt, is pending with the Guv since February

Governor seeks clarifications on Bangalore varsity bifurcation bill

The bill on bifurcation of Bangalore University is finally moving as the Governor, H R Bhardwaj, has sought some clarifications on the issue.

At the launch of the Edusat programme in polytechnics on Monday, Minister for Higher Education, R V Deshpande, revealed that the Governor had sent back the bill to the department of higher education, seeking clarifications on certain points.

“We will examine them and take action after holding discussions with various stakeholders, including institutions, professors, students and parents,” he explained.

The bill, passed by the previous government, is pending with the Governor since February when it was sent to him. The Governor has not concealed his displeasure over the move to bifurcate the university. An official closely associated with the process told Deccan Herald the bifurcation was “imminent”.

“When I met the Governor about two weeks ago, he told me about sending the bill back to the higher education department,” the officer said. “He said bifurcation was inevitable.”

Responding to a question on scores of errors in BU results this year, Deshpande sought to attribute it to the huge of number of affiliated colleges.

“I have sought a report from the vice-chancellor on the matter. The university has become unwieldy with 600 colleges,” Deshpande added.

Edusat in 32 polytechnics

Meanwhile, Deshpande launched the Edusat programme in 32 government polytechnics. The programme will be extended to 49 other colleges in the near future and to all polytechnics in three months. “It will benefit 68,000 students,” he said. Of a total of 292 polytechnics in the State, 167 are private-run, 44 aided and 81 government.

Deshpande also said Rs 31 crore would be released in two days towards salaries of guest teachers in government degree colleges, who have not been paid for the last nine months.

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