‘Splitting Bangalore University is not in the interest of academic quality’ says the VC

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 GowdaProf. 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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My friend has got a MBA seat in the college whose code is B162MB. Does it come under Bangalore university or VTU?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019


Your friend knows where he/she has applied for admission and when gets a seat he/she might have got notified.

You can ask him/her. As per the code its showing Banglore as location and the college name is :- Don Bosco Inst. Of Mngt Studies, Comp. Appl.(MBA), Kengeri, Bangalore.

for confirmation, please write a mail to the admission section of the university an ask regarding it and other informations if needed.

Hope it helps!


i have completed my Bachelor of computer applications (BCA) in Bangalore University.nd i have got my kmat entrance exam result of MCA. net score 38, percentile 12. whats the next procedure should i need to wait for counseling or should I get admission in participating colleges of kmat. please guide

Mahaveer Reddy Student Expert 23rd Sep, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

Candidates who have scored marks equal to or greater than the cut off marks are eligible to participate in the counselling process.

Candidates who wish to participate in KMAT counselling must check the official schedule on the website.

Those selected for the counselling process will get a counselling letter.

Original as well as a photocopy of the letter must be brought by the candidate during the counselling.

Documents to carry during KMAT 2019 Counselling

Original mark sheets

Caste Certificate

Exam scorecard

Passport size photographs

Photo ID proof

If your mark is not in the cut off list, please consult college management for other ways of admission.

All the best


My ranking in pgcet MBA 7650 form 3BH category can I get a seat in presidency college form Bangalore university

Tech. India Student Expert 1st Sep, 2019

Hello Shekar,

It would be better if you would have mentioned your subject which you are interested in and category also.But here i am mentioning cutoff of presidency college for mba.

General-6163 1G-11990 2AG-14843 2AH-18708 2BG-10508 3AG-7835 3BH10507 GMH-9491 SCH-19189 STG-1405.

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Which is better Osmania university or Bangalore university for pursuing Msc in Science field

Shareef 26th Aug, 2019
It is suggested to go for osmania university.
It has high ratings when compared to Bangalore university.
Even in campus comparison osmania university has a very large campus.
You can find many other huge campuses around you.
One of the best Library as well as greenery area it is.
And this isn't telling Bangalore university is not good even it has lot of significance.
It is even listed in top universities.
But when it comes to comparison it is concluded that osmania university is best.
Hope this is was beneficial for you.

What is Auto option in supernumerary quota in pg bangalore university

Hello Shylaja
Auto option in supernumerary quota in PG Banglore is that if the annual income is less than 6 lakh per year, then you are automatically eligible for supernumerary quota.
That means if the annual income of your parents is less than 6 lakh then you will automatically be eligible to apply for supernumerary quota.
Hope it helps you.
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