SFI opposes private universities in State

Staff Correspondent

Udupi: The Udupi taluk unit of the Students Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday urged Governor H.R. Bhardwaj not to give assent to the Bill passed by the State Government allowing the establishment of two private universities in the State.

In a memorandum addressed to Mr. Bhardwaj and submitted to Additional Deputy Commissioner T.M. Prabhakar, the federation said that the State Government had been lenient in its terms and conditions for the two proposed private universities: Azim Premji University and Alliance University.

Though the projected goal of the universities was to improve the standard of education, the terms stated made it clear that the State Government would have no control over them after three years.

Besides, the Bill gave sweeping powers to the Governing Boards of the universities to decide admissions, fees and curricula. Students from the State would get only 25 per cent of seats in these universities.

The federation said that two universities should not be allowed to be set up; instead, more funds should be allocated to improving the functioning of Government-run universities.

Should the Government go ahead with its move to establish these two private universities, the SFI would intensify its agitation, the memorandum added.

Second memorandum

In a separate memorandum, the SFI urged the district administration to improve the condition of all Government hostels in the district, provide infrastructure facilities in all government schools and colleges, and provide proper water supply to the two backward classes and minorities hostels in Udupi.