Minister for Higher Education R.V. Deshpande has expressed concern over the deterioration in quality of education at Karnatak University Dharwad (KUD) in the recent years.

Speaking after receiving facilitation during his maiden visit after assuming charge as the Minister here on Tuesday, he said he was an alumnus of KUD and felt sad to note that the university had lost its grandeur.

There was a time when KUD was synonymous with quality education. The university authorities should work towards providing quality education.

They should suggest steps to the government to ensure availability of quality education, good faculty and quality research, he said.Mr. Deshpande said courses like Kannada, History and Geography were losing relevance.

Hence, the universities should focus on improving the quality of education in these streams. While giving affiliation to such courses, the university should verify whether launching these courses would help students.

After receiving a degree, students should not sit idle or hunt for a job, he said.

Responding to the appeal made by the Vice-Chancellor regarding funds, Mr. Deshpande promised to see that Rs. 10 crore was released for the development of the hostel facility in the varsity.

Similarly, he said efforts would be made to fill vacant posts in the varsity and to set up the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) on the KUD campus.

Referring to the suggestion made by Aravind Bellad, MLA, regarding State universities going for a tie-up with foreign universities to improve the quality of education, Mr. Deshpande said the government was ready to give its nod for such arrangements. Earlier, Mr. Bellad said Dharwad may not retain its status of being the seat of education in future if the university and higher educational institutes failed to launch innovative courses. He had suggested that the KUD have a tie-up with European universities.

  • ‘There was a time when KUD was synonymous with quality education’

  • ‘Courses like Kannada, History and Geography are losing relevance’