The new Kodagu University in Karnataka will also have about 10 colleges, which are currently under the University of Mysore.
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A new university has been established in Kodagu, Karnataka. With this, 24 undergraduate colleges of Mangalore University are likely to join the new university. Karnataka The Legislative Assembly passed a bill last week, clearing the way for the establishment of Kodagu University. The Legislative Assembly has amended the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, paving the way for the formation of eight new universities, including Kodagu University, to be separated from the jurisdiction of Mangalore University.
Kodagu is located about 150 km from Mangaluru and is a geographically and culturally distinct region. The colleges of Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Udupi come under the ambit of Mangalore University. The new Kodagu University will also have about 10 colleges, which are currently under the University of Mysore. The largest and oldest college in Kodagu district, Madikeri-based Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa College. Mangalore University Postgraduate College and Research Center located at Gyan Kaveri campus at Chikka Aluvara is proposed to be made the headquarters of Kodagu University.
Administrative office may be in Chikka Aluwara campus
Center director K. s. Chandrasekharaiah confirmed that the administrative office of Kodagu University is likely to be located at the Chikka Aluwara campus. He said the students of Kodagu have to go to Mysore or Mangaluru to study postgraduate studies, which can now be avoided, provided more job oriented courses are offered at the Gyan Kaveri campus.
These seven universities will also be established
Madikeri MLA MP Appachu Ranjan has requested the government to provide 200 acres more land to the Chikka Aluvara complex. At present it has only 70 acres of land. Other universities proposed by the government in the bill are to be set up in Koppal, Mandya, Bagalkot, Chamarajanagar, Bidar, Haveri and Hassan.
Priority being given to local universities
Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Professor PS Yadapadithaya said that he has not received any official information regarding the formation of Kodagu University. He said that under the new National Educational Policy (NEP), priority is being given to local universities, which can provide good education and environment to the students.
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