Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Karnataka Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali on Thursday met Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh and urged him to take steps to set up an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Karnataka for which the State Government had made elaborate preparations.

‘Enact law’

Mr. Limbavali, who met Mr. Singh on the sidelines of a two-day conference of Higher Education Ministers convened by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, also urged the Centre to enact a legislation to regulate private professional colleges in terms of fee structure and admission procedures to prevent commercialisation of education and help poor meritorious students.

He also urged the Centre to sanction four Indian institutes of information technology in Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli and Belgaum, where information technology parks have been established, extension of ISRO-enabled EDUSAT programme to government degree colleges and special funding for the women’s university in Bijapur.

He wanted the Government to start providing annual funding, on the lines of University Grants Commission, to engineering colleges for their modernisation and quality improvement and sanction 20 polytechnics to Karnataka of the 1,000 proposed to be opened in different parts of the country during the 11th Plan period.

Mr. Limbavali thanked the Centre for sanctioning a central university in Gulbarga and a world class university in Mysore.

Addressing presspersons here, he denied that the State Government was planning to hand over part of the implementation of the meal scheme for schoolchildren to maths.

He, however, said that International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) would be allowed to continue to provide meal to schoolchildren in some parts of the State.

“ISKCON has been providing midday meal for schoolchildren for the past 10 years. It will continue to do so,” he added.