Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya on Tuesday said that the State Government would consider creating a separate university for colleges coming under Chickballapur and Kolar districts, which are presently under the jurisdiction of Bangalore University (BU).

Open to split

After inaugurating the new building of the Government First Grade College here, the Minister said the Government was open to the proposal on splitting Bangalore University.

Dr. Acharya made these observations in response to a suggestion by MLC Y.A. Narayanaswamy that a separate university should be established for Chickballapur and Kolar districts instead of starting a postgraduate centre of Bangalore University in Chickballapur.

PG centre

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had announced here on Sunday that a postgraduate centre of Bangalore University would be established in Chickballapur shortly.

Dr. Acharya said he had directed Chickballapur Deputy Commissioner N. Manjula to identify 200 acres of land for developing education facilities in Chickballapur.

The Bharatiya Janata Party Government plans to spend Rs. 10,500 crore for the education sector, he said. The number of government first grade colleges in the State had increased from 159 to 356 after the BJP came to power in the Sate , he said.

Scholarships

Mr. Narayanaswamy said that the number of students opting for the B.A. and B.Com. courses had dropped drastically. Therefore, the Government should offer scholarships to B.A. and B.Com students so that students opting for these courses would increase.

Chief Whip in the Legislative Council A.H. Shivayogiswamy and Chickballapur MLA K.P. Bache Gowda and senior officials of the Department of Collegiate Education were among those present on the occasion.

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