‘Blacklisted universities are trying to get private varsity status’

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has demanded that the government come out with proper guidelines for the establishment of private universities in the State.

Members of the ABVP staged a demonstration outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Thursday and submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.

ABVP State secretary and Belgaum divisional organising secretary A. Gurunath Rajgira said the government was preparing to get a Bill passed during the legislature session here, to allow the establishment of more such universities that had been blacklisted by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The blacklisted deemed universities were trying to get a private university status with different names, which the government should be aware of, he said.

He said the ABVP opposed the proposed Bill as the government had not consulted experts before proposing it.

Clarifying that the ABVP was not against private universities, Mr. Rajgira said it only wanted the government to set stringent regulations to help students get quality education. The ABVP demanded 50 per cent seat reservation in all private universities for students belonging to the State, payment of 50 per cent of the fee of meritorious students by the State government, and setting up a fee structure committee with two members from the Legislative Assembly or Council with a retired Vice-Chancellor heading the committee.

SFI joins protest

Dharwad Staff Correspondent reports:

The city unit of the Students’ Federation of India has also opposed the State government’s move to present a Bill on allowing the proposal of setting up more private universities.

SFI district president Maruti Ambiger said in a release that the State government had already allowed two private universities in the State. Allowing more such universities would only hasten the process of privatisation of higher education, he said.

Higher education was in a mess as State-run universities were suffering from lack of funds, poor infrastructure, shortage of teaching staff, irregularities in conduct of examinations, and corruption, among others. Under such circumstances, the State government should initiate steps to address these problems. Instead, it was opting for privatisation of higher education, he said.

‘Take over’

The State government should drop the idea of presenting the Bill. Instead, it should take over the two private universities which had already been set up, Mr. Ambiger added.

  • 50 per cent seat reservation in all private universities for students from State sought

  • ‘Set stringent regulations that will help students get quality education’