|Bangalore: Both houses of the Legislature on Wednesday passed the Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill by voice vote to enable an amendment to the Universities Act to bifurcate Bangalore University and establish a separate university at Tumkur.
In the Assembly, Minister for Higher Education G Parameshwara, who tabled the Bill, said that Bangalore University has about 400 affiliated colleges with 4.2 lakh students. It is considered necessary to bifurcate Bangalore University and set up a separate University with headquarters at Tumkur covering Tumkur, Kolar and Bangalore Rural districts excluding Kanakapura and Hoskote taluks to reduce the unwieldy work load of Bangalore University.
The minister said the decision to bifurcate the varsity was taken by the Academic Council of Bangalore University two years ago.
To an opposition charge that the headquarters of the new university was located in Tumkur because he was the district in-charge minister, Dr Parameshwara said that Tumkur has a number of educational institutions including institutions run by the Siddaganga Educational Trust of the Siddaganga Math.
To another charge by Mr P G R Sindhia (JD-S) that there was a proliferation of universities, the minister said that these universities were needed for development of human resources which were in demand worldwide.
He pointed out that only 6 per cent of the students went in for higher education.
Meanwhile, replying to clarifications in the Legislative Council, Dr Parameshwara said the government is willing to the write to the Centre to provide Central University status for Bangalore University. Attaining Central university status would mean all the 42 PG departments in BU would get 100 per cent UGC grants.
The Council also passed the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University Bill-2004 which proposes to set up a veterinary university in Bidar and transfer 21 institutions, veterinary hospitals and research centres from across the state to its juridiction for advancement of learning and research in veterinary animal, fisheries and other allied sciences.
Both houses also passed the Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation) (Amendment) Bill, tabled by Agriculture Marketing Minister B S Patil Sasnur.
The main objective of the Bill, among other things, was to fix maximum quantity of agriculture produce or goods to be stocked by retail traders in the State through notification from time to time.
The Bill also provides for exemption from levy of market fees on agricultural produce on which market fee had already been levied and collected in any market area within the State and such agricultural produce is processed and sold in any other market area within the State or exported outside the State.