State to have private science university

State to have private science university

The National Science University will have a full-fledged aerospace school, science parks, innovation centres and research incubators when it becomes fully operational.

S Mahalingam, Chairman of the Foundation for Education for All (FEAL), Bangalore, and Siddaiah, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, signed an Expression of Interest at the Global Investors’ Meet last week.

The Foundation says that it will invest up to Rs 500 crore on the proposed varsity, described as the first private science university in Karnataka.

The university will follow the public-private partnership (PPP) model and will be established on a 100-acre campus in Nelamangala in September 2013.

“The Foundation has already purchased 50 acres and is ready to invest Rs 100 crore immediately,” Mahalingam said.

The varsity will focus mainly on pure sciences as well as on research and development (R&D).

Undergraduate courses

According to Mahalingam, it will also introduce an R&D approach to undergraduate courses.

To begin with, five to six undergraduate and postgraduate courses and a few research programmes will be started. Later, the university will have 15 disciplines, including aerospace and engineering.

“Our undergraduate courses will run for four years with a semester or two dedicated to research. We have been in talks with foreign universities for R&D tie-ups and student exchange programmes,” he added.

The institute would conform to all the rules, regulations and framework laid down by the State government with regard to the fee structure, the reservation of seats, the appointment of vice-chancellors, etc, according to Mahalingam.

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