Karnataka Higher Education Minister Basavaraja Rayaraddi announced that the State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has accredited to provide an amount of Rs. 511 crores for the development and refinement of the infrastructure of government degree colleges and also the technical colleges.
After the review meeting of Higher Education Department called upon by chief minister on Friday, Rayaraddi addressed the reporters. He said that there are as many as 412 government degree colleges and 81 technical colleges in the state under the higher education department. In order to refurbish the buildings and provide necessary additions, the department sought Rs. 511 crores from the government, to which Siddaramaiah agreed.
The Chief Minister will allocate the required amount in the supplementary budget. He told that construction work which had stopped abruptly due to the lack of funds can be resumed now as new funds are being provided. In addition to this, various other works like construction of toilets, new buildings, setting up libraries etc. are also to be carried out.
Rayaraddi said that only 44 colleges out of the total 412 government degree colleges have permanent principals. The vacant posts of principals will soon be occupied by the senior professors to which the government has given its nod. Also, 2761 posts of assistant professors are lying vacant out of which 2160 posts will be filled by December.
Reddy also announced that Mandya Degree College will be granted the status of an autonomous institute. Also, Maharani College in Bengaluru will become a cluster university i.e it will lead various institutions in its vicinity. Vice Chancellor for the university will soon be appointed.
Earlier this month, Reddy said in a seminar in Karnataka University that government has allotted 107 crore rupees for the establishment of a school of Economics which will be named after Dr. B R Ambedkar. Dr. B R Ambedkar School of Economics will start functioning from the next academic year from the Bangalore University campus.
On Friday Reddy said, “As many as 50 acres of land will be given for the same. We are yet to finalize whether to have graduation or post graduation courses here.”