Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande on Wednesday said that he would strive to get one world-class university and Indian Institute of Technology at Raichur and Dharwad with help from the Union government but remained noncommittal on what stand the Congress government would take on private universities sanctioned by the Bharatiya Janata Party government.

Speaking to presspersons, the Minister said that with regard to IIT, Raichur, a proposal had been sent to the Ministry of Human Resources Development, and 50 acres had been allotted to the IIT, Dharwad. On the private universities, he said that an individual could not decide anything on it as the interest of students and the State were involved. He said that the posts of vice-chancellors in some universities would be filled after sending a proposal to the Governor on the basis of the recommendations of the search committee.

He said that 19,667 posts of lecturers and non-teaching staff were vacant in degree, technical and non-technical courses in colleges. However, 10,500 posts had been filled temporarily and such staff would be made permanent.

Mr. Deshpande said that tourism had suffered due to severe shortage of infrastructure. A new tourism policy would be formulated.