Karnataka envisions “Super 30” engineering schools


The aim is to focus on providing quality education in each district and meeting the demands of the industry

Bangalore: With the aim of developing “Super 30” engineering colleges by taking one college in each district of Karnataka, a committee will be formed to work to provide quality education in each district and to meet industry requirements.

The committee – headed by Professor Karisiddappa, Vice-Chancellor of the Technological University of Visvesvaraya (VTU), will be made up of academics, industry leaders and government officials, among others.

This was decided at the preliminary meeting chaired by CNAshwath Narayan, the Minister of Higher Education, on Friday.

The aim is to focus on providing quality education in each district and meeting the demands of the industry. Wherever there is a government college that will be given priority consideration and in districts without a government college, private engineering colleges will be selected, Narayan said.

Colleges known for their quality will not be included in this. But those who lack quality education will only be taken up to become model colleges. The development would focus primarily on faculty training, industrial collaborations, setting up laboratories, foreign collaborations and other things rather than physical infrastructure, the minister said.

To begin with, a department in each selected college will be taken up for upgrading and later it will be extended to the entire college. The funds necessary for this purpose will be shared at the rate of 1/3 by the CSR financing of companies, 1/3 by VTU and 1/3 by the institution itself, explained Narayana.

It was decided at the meeting to link the selected colleges with advanced industries and allow industries to guide the colleges as anchor institutes. It was also suggested that the alumni loop be included in this attempt.

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