The private universities should provide 50 per cent of the seats to students from Karnataka, meritorious and poor students, and students belonging to the Dalit community.

The Udupi unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protested in front of the Clock Tower here on Monday demanding proper guidelines from the State government for the establishment of private universities in the State.

Addressing the protesters, Abhishek Jain, General Secretary of the city unit of ABVP, said the private universities were mushrooming everywhere in the State. When the State government could not run kindergarten schools and formulate their fee structure efficiently, it was unlikely that the private universities, once established, would follow the orders of the State government.

Mr. Jain said the government had been planning to introduce a Bill in the winter session of the Legislative Assembly, to be held in Belgaum; this would give the nod to some private universities. The government should not act in a hasty manner on this issue. The government should allow the setting up of private universities, only after it had framed rules that made allowances for a fee based on the present CET model, a single entrance exam for admissions, and 50 per cent power to the government to appoint Vice-Chancellors and Registrars, he said.

The private universities should provide 50 per cent of the seats to students from Karnataka, meritorious and poor students, and students belonging to the Dalit community. Fee to be paid by these students should be fixed by the government. The fees of the private universities should be affordable to students from all sections of society, he said. The protesters took out a procession from the Clock Tower to the Taluk Office, where they submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, to tahsildar B. Abhijin.

Mangalore Staff Correspondent writes:

Members of the Akhil Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishad, who staged a protest in Mangalore on Monday, demanded clarity in the form of guidelines for the proposed Bill to set up private universities in the State. Calling the proposed Bill, which is scheduled to come up in the winter session of the Assembly, as conceived to only help private players, the ABVP Mangalore City unit secretary Yatish Kumar P. said the government had to specify the fee structure that the universities could formulate.