According to the sub-committee, the university at Jnanabharathi will become a unitary university like Jawaharlal Nehru University. The other three varsities – North, South and Central – will be affiliating universities. Providing smooth academic services and monitoring the 600 affiliated colleges has become burdensome, said a source who attended the meeting. The three affiliating universities will have 200 colleges each.
Each affiliating university will be given 100 acres to establish a campus; the remaining land will used by the unitary university, sources said. BU’s Jnanabharathi campus is spread across over 1,000 acres. Deshpande told: “This will be presented before the cabinet for approval. It will enhance the quality of education and provide for better administration.”
In 2013, then Governor HR Bhardwaj rejected a bill drafted by the BJP government to bifurcate BU. But the present Congress government formed a sub-committee and asked KR Venugopal, principal of the Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, to prepare a report on this issue.
Source: The Times of India