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CET: Path breaking initiatives ƒƒ The Government is committed to provide quality technical education to the students of Karnataka state and elsewhere. It is also committed to implementing uniform Common Entrance Examination system. Necessary guidelines were drafted at Government level ƒƒ Belief in the decentralization has been proved in opening up CET counselling centres at Hubli, Mangalore, Shimoga, Davangere. ƒƒ To help-out poor students, Government announced discount of 15,000- 25,000 in engineering fee-structure; during 2009-10, 20,500 students were benefited from this measure. ƒƒ Efforts were made to synchronize COMED-K exams with CET ƒƒ To reduce psychological pressure on the students, medical and engineering CET exams were conducted for two days instead of single day which got accolades from students and parents ƒƒ In order to save one precious year of student, provision was made in the CET counselling for the students who write supplementary exams ƒƒ Appropriate measures were taken to raise Karnataka education standard to global level ƒƒ Bank loans to the meritorious students at lowest interest rate, i.e., @ 6% ƒƒ 5% reservation in Government seats for students studied in Kannada medium ƒƒ New professional courses in Aeronautical, Robotic, Mechatronics were introduced.

Evolving a common, uniform Act

Concept of model Universities

Many Universities in Karnataka, due to various reasons have been functioning under different Acts and guidelines. Knowledge commission of Karnataka, under department of Higher education brainstormed to get all Universities under one umbrella and a committee headed by Dr. N.R Shetty, a noted educationist submitted its report to the Government.

Mysore and Karnataka Universities were selected to re-structuring process to make both the universities as state-of the art globally qualified qualitative Universities.

Increasing grants to the Universities Due to several reasons, different Universities of Karnataka state received smaller amounts of grants. Though revision of grant system was long due, never materialized. Realizing lapse in the system, a policy has been drawn to overcome it and grants were proportionately increased every year.

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Approval for new private Universities Many private institutions expressed their interest in establishing private universities in the state. Among them, Azim Premji University qualified all requirements and bill was passed in the assembly. Alliance University got approval later and started functioning.

MAHADEVAPURA JANAHITA

ARVIND LIMBAVALI JANAHITA ENGLISH  

A book on the developmental activities carried out by Shri Arvind Limbavali in Mahadevapura Assembly Constituency during 2008-12. The book...