On the occasion of releasing a booklet on 100-days achievements by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Mr. Rayareddy made quite a few announcements. The State Higher Education Department of Karnataka has decided to release Rs. 9 crores for the establishment of a Higher Education Academy at Karnatak University, Dharwad for preparing training modules. Also, it has been decided to conduct a month-long training for the newly recruited assistant professors in 10 selected universities of the State.
The newly appointed 2,160 assistant professors would be trained for 30-45 days in 10 universities of the State. Candidates selected for the job had obtained post-graduation and doctoral degrees but knew a little about teaching method. Experienced professors and faculty would provide training to them. Though there are 412 degree colleges, only 44 colleges in the State have principals. It was decided to give internal promotion to eligible faculty members to fill vacancies.
The State Government has decided to constitute a search committee for identifying an eligible candidate for the post of the vice-chancellor of University of Mysore, Mysuru. The committee for the same is expected to be constituted in a day or two. Currently, K.S. Rangappa is VC of the university.
To eradicate the misuse of funds sanctioned by the government to improve the infrastructure of the colleges, a committee would be set up to nab those involved in siphoning funds. Even there are universities who have inflated bills after the construction of hostel and office buildings and paid money to contractors.
A sum of Rs 100 crore has been sanctioned for providing laptops for students belonging to BPL families and studying in degree and engineering colleges. About 30,000 students would get laptops by year-end.
The department has conducted a survey of available facilities and faculty members in all 412 government colleges, universities, engineering colleges and polytechnics. A master plan would be prepared to provide facilities in colleges by seeking aid from the World Bank.
The Centre has been urged to rename the Central University in Kalaburagi after Lord Basaveshwara or father of the Indian Constitution B.R. Ambedkar.
It was also informed that during the budget session of the legislature next year, a new Bill on uniform academic year and another Bill on regulating activities of private universities would be introduced.