By voice vote, a bill aimed at trifurcating Bangalore University has been passed by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Higher Education and Tourism Minister, Mr. R V Deshpande, presented Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill 2015, that was proposed in the House during the first phase of current monsoon session.
To amend the Karnataka State University Act, 2000, the bill considers the importance of bringing reforms in administration and governance of Bangalore University and to improve the quality of education by dividing into three branches. The change of name from its older Bangalore University to newer Bengaluru University is also considered in the amendment, as per stated by Mr Deshpande.
As per the bill, “The Bangalore University” at Gnanabharathi campus is having control over many legislative assembly constituencies in Urban Bengaluru, Rural and in Ramanagara district. Bill also said that, a new university named “Bangalore Central University” would be formed as an affiliating university, with headquarters of Bangalore Central College Campus. It would have territorial command over thirteen assembly constituencies of Bangalore Urban District.
With headquarters at Jangamkote, Sidalagahatta taluk, another new university named “Bangalore North university” would be formed as an affiliating university, with power of control over 17 constituencies in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts.
Recurring expenditure amount of Rs. 10 crore per year would be there as according to the Bill. Talking on the debate CT Ravi of BJP spoke about the need to form joint select committee to study on dividing Bangalore university. Some MLAs present were of the opinion that Bengaluru university must continue to be the name of one university where as the other two universities must be of different names. Others were of the view that, for colleges of Bengaluru, Bangalore University must be present as it is and for Kolar and Chikkaballapur, a separate university must be formed.
Mr. Deshpande, further replied that, having separate university for Kolar and Chikkaballapur would not be feasible. Presently, Bangalore University has 600 constituent colleges with 3.5 lakh students studying.