KARNATAKA

280 acres sanctioned for Tumkur varsity

TUMKUR, AUG. 1. The Government has sanctioned 280 acres of land for building a permanent campus for Tumkur University, the Minister for Higher Education, D. Manjunath, said here today. Mr. Manjunath, who was here to attend a private function, was speaking to a Kannada TV channel. He said that the land adjacent to Jawaharlal Nehru Navodaya School on Devarayandurga Road was found highly suitable for the campus. The Government cleared his proposal last week and sanctioned the land, the Minister said.

Affiliation

Mr. Manjunath said that for the time-being, the colleges of Kolar and Bangalore Rural Districts would not be affiliated to the Tumkur university. Forty-nine colleges in Tumkur District were affiliated to the university. Proposals for including more colleges would be considered next year.

Brushing aside scepticism in academic circles over the functioning of the Tumkur University from this year, Mr. Manjunath said that admission of students in the 49 colleges had been made under the university's name. The process of admission to the post-graduate centre of the university had just begun. The Government was actively considering a demand for introducing five new courses — English, Economics, Microbiology, Sociology and Political Science.

"An official function will be organised here towards the end of this month to mark the opening ceremony of the university," he said.

Vidyodaya Law College and others had come forward to provide buildings for the varsity. A committee had been formed under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Mallikarjun B. Dyaberi, to work out details of the immediate infrastructural requirement for the university and coordinate with the colleges offering space.

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