A proposal to set up a university devoted exclusively to fine arts at Badami, Karnataka, is likely to be scrapped. Instead the proposed varsity might be merged with the Dr Gangubhai Hangal University of Music and Performing Arts, Mysuru.
The university for promoting fine arts was initially proposed by the BJP government. A notification to this effect was also issued. The then minister for Kannada and culture Govind Karjol had taken a keen interest in the project. According to the proposal, the varsity would have an eight-member faculty and 45 departments. It would cater to 4,000 residential students.
The government had also identified 430 acres of land at Khyad village near Badami in Bagalkot, which is surrounded by historical sites where performing arts and crafts thrive for establishing the varsity.
The government had also appointed Professor S C Patil, Dean, fine arts, Kannada University, Hampi, as special officer to oversee the preparation for setting up the new varsity, in March 2013. Thereafter, Patil had prepared an elaborate proposal and submitted it to CM Siddaramaiah in November 2013.
The CM had promised to get the proposal approved by the cabinet. Following this, a regional office was set up at Bengaluru.
The university was started in 2009 and operates from a rented building. It does not have its own premises till date.
Many feel that the state government made a mistake by establishing the Music and Performing Arts University in Mysuru.
“If there are financial constraints, then the minister should think of merging the music university with the proposed one and shift its headquarter to Badami,” said Srinivas Deshpande, an art promoter.
Now it seems that the proposal will be scrapped.
The minister for higher education Basavaraj Rayaraddi has hinted at a possible merger of the proposed varsity with the Dr Gangubai Hangal University of Music and Performing Arts, Mysuru.
The minister is said to have cited the financial burden the new university may add to the exchequer. The merger was recommended by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission.
Rayaraddi could not be reached for his reaction.[Source: Times of India]