One of its kind.The Higher Education Department (HED) has decided to adopt colleges in rural areas.The initiative aims at bringing together private and public universities of the state to exchange programmes and facilities and empower students in skill development.
The department has identified 12 private universities such as PES University, Dayanand Sagar University, M S Ramaiah University and Alliance University.
Sources in the department told Express that public universities have failed to make the most of various programmes and funds provided to them. As a result, students in the rural areas would suffer. Department Principal Secretary Bharatlal Meena is working on this collaboration between private and public universities for the past four months.
He has held meetings with vice-chancellors and principals of rural colleges in this regard. This initiative will facilitate faculty and student exchange programmes, training programmes for teachers and encourage joint research work in rural colleges affiliated to government universities.
The collaboration also aims at automation of the information and communications technology (ICT) programmes.
Sources said that the department is keen on providing e-resources to rural students, for which the available studios in private and public universities will be interlinked.
The PES University of Bengaluru is the first varsity to reach an agreement with Tumkur University and Kuvempu University. The collaboration, called ‘TUPUKU’, was formally inaugurated at the PES University campus in Bengaluru on September 12.