‘State varsities must learn from their pvt. counterparts’

Higher Education Minister G.T. Deve Gowda on Thursday was vocal in his displeasure over the functioning of State-run universities.

“I feel sad about the status of our State universities and government colleges. I think we need to send our university Vice-Chancellors and Registrars to private universities so that they can learn how to improve academics and administration,” he said at the third annual convocation of Reva University on Thursday.

The Education Minister was highly critical of the way the institutions were being run, and claimed that Vice-Chancellors, instead of focusing on ensuring that their universities are recognised globally, were indulging in “wrong” things.

His criticism did not go down well with the academic fraternity. “Private universities are exploiting students and fleecing them by charging huge fees. They also have good infrastructure and pupil-teacher ratio. When these criteria are not fulfilled in State-run universities, how can the Minister compare us with private universities,” said a Vice-Chancellor of a State-run university, who did not wish to be named.

The Minister also took a dig at politicians and said the country would not prosper in their hands. Development of the country is possible only through youngsters, said Mr. Gowda.

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