Alliance University Bill adopted

Cabinet decisions: Several Bills passed in just 40 minutes!
Last Updated 15 July 2010, 18:23 IST

The Bill facilitates setting up of a private university by the Alliance Business School in Bangalore. This is the second private University Bill adopted by Karnataka Legislature. The Legislature has already given its consent for establishing a private university by Azim Premji Foundation in Bangalore.

The Bill was adopted without debate in both the Houses. When the Bill was tabled in the Assembly, members of the Opposition were staging a dharna. In the last session, following serious objections by the Opposition, Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali moved a motion in the Council to refer the Bill to a joint select committee. The committee could not be set up as the Assembly had not adopted the motion.

The ruling BJP on Thursday withdrew the motion to refer it to the joint select committee and adopted the Bill while there was commotion in the House. The private university focuses on teaching and training in the fields of business, education and management.
The Alliance Business School, the company promoting the university, will be the sponsoring body of the highest authority for all appointments in the university. The Bill records that the institution is being managed by people belonging to the Scheduled Tribe community.

The Bill does not carry any clause to restrict the university on charging fee for the courses it offers. However, the government retains the authority to dissolve the university in case of mismanagement, mal-administration and indiscipline.


The Congress and the JD(S) condemned adoption of the Bill without allowing a debate. M C Nanaiah of JD(S) questioned the logic behind withdrawing the motion to refer the Bill to the joint select committee. “The Government’s act to adopt the Bill without taking the opinion of the joint select committee gives room for suspicion on its intentions. No doubt the Government had entered into a ‘big deal’ with the promoters of the university to facilitate them with legislation,” he alleged.

-  Alliance University promoted by Alliance Business School
-  Chairman of the promoting company will be the chancellor for life
-  Governor will be the visitor of the University
-  The visitor can call for any papers of the University
-  25 pc of seats in all courses reserved for Karnataka candidates

(Published 15 July 2010, 18:23 IST)

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