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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Minister pitches for IIT in Bengaluru

Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju / File photo


Two days after the Union Minister for Human Reso­u­rce Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju rejected the state’s demand for an IIT, the state higher education minister R.V.  Desh­pande announced that the state will do its best to bring an IIT to the state.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Deshpande said that the issue will be discussed in the state cabinet and the proposal will be forwarded to the union government again. “I am confident that the union government will sanction an IIT to the state in the present five year plan itself,” he said.
Reacting to the VTU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr H. Maheshappa’s statement that AICTE should stop giving permission to new engineering colleges for the next five years, Mr. Deshpande informed that he is against any such idea.
“We need more engineering colleges as well as general degree colleges. But our concern is the quality of education. I am opposing only those colleges making money in the name of education. If anyone comes forward with the goal of providing quality education with good infrastructure, faculty and facility, we are ready to support them,” he said.
Earlier, the VTU VC had urged the All India Coun­cil for Technical Education (AICTE) not to allow new engineering colleges for five years, following the large number of vacant seats in the existing colleges.
Deshpande said that to ensure that only those colleges with the necessary facilities will start functioning, the higher education department has decided to make changes in the existing rules.
"Presently Local Inquiry Committee reports were enough to start new colleges. But from now on, an expert committee visit will be compulsory. The committee report will be made public through university websites,” he said.
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