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Each college will get Rs. 1.5 crore, says Shankaramurthy

  • Local people should provide up to five acres of land
  • Yoga, new courses to be introduced

    Yadoor (Kodagu district): The Government will establish 90 first grade colleges in different parts of the State next year, Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy said here on Wednesday.

    He was addressing a gathering here, three km from Somwarpet town, after receiving the documents of the B.T. Chennaiah Gowramma (BTCG) College, which was handed over to the Government by the management of the Somwarpet Taluk Vidya Samste. Mr. Shankaramurthy said the Government had already opened 15 degree colleges in the State. Every college proposed to be set up would have full-fledged facilities, including library and laboratory, as the Government would allocate Rs. 1.5 crore to each of them. Local people should provide up to five acres of land. Yoga would be introduced and newer courses added in every college in future, Mr. Shankaramurthy said.

    Headgear

    The Minister indicated that wearing of headgear during convocations, which he said symbolised the colonial culture, would be done away with in future.

    He said the new name of the college would be "B.T. Chennaiah Gowramma Government First Grade College".

    Somwarpet MLA, B.A. Jivijaya, recalled the origin of the college in 1981, which had run successfully for 25 years. Mr. Jivijaya spoke on according prominence to IT education in the face of globalisation. It would also help rural students to be on a par with their urban counterparts.

    Digressing, he said the Government failed to address the problems of the district. He said he would take up the matter with Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy shortly.

    Madikeri MLA, K.G. Bopaiah, said all-out efforts should be made by the BTCG college administration to erase the notion that Government colleges fared badly vis-à-vis private colleges.

    He said most of the well-known names in the State and the country had emerged from Government institutions. Talent of the rural students needed to be identified and nurtured.

    D.C. Jayaram, president of the Somwarpet Taluk Vidya Samste, who handed over documents relating to the BTCG College to the Minister, presided over the function. He said the announcement by the Government that grants would be discontinued had forced the management to hand it over to the Government.

    Director of Collegiate Education K.V. Kodandaramaiah said that being a government college, it would get funds under both non-plan and plan programmes of the Government.

    Linda Christie, Regional Joint Director, Mangalore, Collegiate Education, spoke.

    Kodagu Zilla Panchayat president H.S. Ashok was present. Principal H.N. Ramesh welcomed the gathering.

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