Careers360 interviews Prof. B. Thimme Gowda, Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University who shares his views on a proposal to split the large university. In this interview, the VC also speaks on getting Central University status for Bangalore University and funding challenges.
Read the exclusive interview of Bangalore University VC to know the expert insights on New Education Policy.
Careers360:Bangalore University is the largest when it comes to the number of affiliate colleges. Does it affect its functioning since this involves too much of administrative work?Prof. B. Gowda: There are two things. First, whatever grant we get from the MHRD or UGC is meagre when we look at our total expenditure. The University’s budget is Rs. 400 crores and what we get from the UGC for five years is Rs. 20 crores and the grant that we get from the state government is about Rs. 116 crores. What about the rest of the nearly 300 crores? We get all this from colleges in terms of affiliation fee, service charges, etc. Therefore for the finance purpose this is required and that too nowadays so many autonomous colleges, deemed universities, private universities are coming up with the result that big colleges with large student strength go away from the universities. As a result the number will be just of government colleges, small colleges that we can manage. Therefore there is a move in Karnataka to split Bangalore University into three universities.
Careers360:Will state government fund the university if it plans to split it? It also has the largest campus with 1200 acres and the largest student-base? Prof. B. Gowda: I am of the opinion and have also conveyed it to the state government that it is not in the interest of the academic quality unless they give us the grant. Sometime back government wanted us to turn into a non-affiliating university but I said if you take away all the affiliated colleges from us and now you are giving just Rs. 100 crores and if you could give us additional Rs. 200 crores you make us no affiliating university.
Prof. B. Thimme Gowda, Vice Chancellor, Bangalore University
Unless you make a qualitative structural change these cosmetic changes will not help, therefore let the central government take full control of the higher education and run it and things would be much better.
Careers360:Has the state government decided on any time frame on splitting the university? Prof. B. Gowda: Now the panchayat elections and bye-elections are going and they might do it after that, I do not have much of the idea if they will immediately go for two new universities or they will go step by step. We are not against formulating another university for the rural areas but splitting the city colleges into two universities is not in the best interest of the students.
Careers360:Do you think that getting central university status will solve the problem of funding? Prof. B. Gowda: I am of the view that entire higher education should be taken over by the centre and fund all the universities. At present 90% of grants from the MHRD is spent on central universities/institutions, human resource produced is less than 10% from these institutions, while only 10% of the total allocation is spent on state universities.
Careers360:In what way will the Indian universities benefit from the upcoming New Education Policy? Prof. B. Gowda: Unless we appoint the best teachersand motivate youngsters through incentivesit is very difficult to bring qualitative and drastic changes. While appointing teachers social reservation should be there but while doing it the best among them should be chosen.
Careers360:At a time when internationalization of higher education is in focus, what is your vision for the future? Prof. B. Gowda: We have to have a controlled way for running and allowing foreign institution or foreigners to come and run institutions in India, we can do it, let there be competition. Our curriculum, faculty, infrastructure should be at par with the international best and the government will have to encourage us.
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