North Karnataka members upset as some members complain of inconvenience in travelling all the way to varsity hq in Bijapur
The Upper House on Tuesday saw a sharp division among its members on whether the location of the Women’s University in Bijapur has inconvenienced other colleges in the State.
Leader of the Opposition D.V. Sadananda Gowda, during the debate on the budget, expressed concern that students of women’s colleges from the coastal regions had to travel all the way to Bijapur for administrative purposes as they come under the Women’s University located in Bijapur.
He said women’s colleges should be affiliated to universities near to where they live. This was seriously opposed by members from north Karnataka region.
“Don’t you know that even we (from north Karnataka) will be inconvenienced if the women’s university is located in southern parts as we too have to travel all the way,” shot back Janata Dal (S) member Basavaraj Horatti.
Leader of the House S.R. Patil and Congress member Veeranna Mathikatti strongly endorsed his views and said students and lecturers of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and the Visvesvaraya Technological University were following a similar system without problems as all the medical and engineering colleges of the State were affiliated to them. “It is this kind of attitude that has resulted in some of the people from north Karnataka even demanding a separate State,” Mr. Horatti said.
But the division within the JD (S) on the issue also came to light as another JD (S) member Puttanna supported Mr. Sadananda Gowda’s point of view.
For a moment, this prompted an argument between the two.