Says it would be a better alternative to establish a separate university

Instead of establishing a separate university for minorities in the name of Tipu Sulthan in Srirangapatna, the government should provide reservation to them in existing

universities, said Thouseef Ahmed M.Y., Karnataka zone president of Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India.

With the objective of enhancing the number of minority students in institutes of higher learning, the government is planning to establish a separate university in Srirangapatna. In reality, a separate university for minorities would further isolate them from the mainstream. Instead, the government could offer reservation up to 10 per cent to the minorities in the existing universities, he said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs K. Rahman Khan was a strong votary for a separate university for minorities in Srirangapatna. However, Srirangapatna, where the density of the population of minorities was less, was not the right place to establish the proposed university. The density of population of minorities was high in Bidar and Gulbarga. It would be difficult for the students from Gulbarga and Bidar to enrol in the university located in Srirangapatna. Further naming the university for minorities after Tipu Sulthan was also not a good idea. It was wrong to identify Tipu Sulthan, a great patriot who dedicated his life for the cause of the nation, to a particular community, he said.

He said even the Sukhdeo Thorat Committee constituted to study various aspects related to the establishment of separate universities for minorities had recommended setting up central universities in places having predominantly Muslim population. Implementation of this recommendation would provide access to higher learning to minorities, he said.

He expressed displeasure against the lapses in the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act in the State. The government had exempted the unaided educational institutions managed by minorities with 75 per cent enrolment of the students belonging to a notified minority community from RTE. It was unfortunate that even the educational institutions where the enrolment of minority students was less than 75 per cent also were denying admissions under RTE. Along with reserving 25 per cent seats in private educational institutions for economically weaker sections, the Act also stressed on upgrading the quality of education.

Even after the implementation of RTE, the amenities and teaching standards in a majority of schools remained poor in the State, he said.

President of SIO India district unit Mohammed Shoaib and functionary Musaib A. Nazeer were present.

  • ‘A separate university for minorities will further isolate them from the mainstream’

  • ‘Reservation in existing colleges will provide access to higher learning to minorities’