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VTU Vice-Chancellor Prof Karisiddappa will head the Committee to monitor the initiative

Bengaluru, NFAPost: With a view to developing ‘Super 30’ engineering colleges by taking up one college in each district of the state, a committee headed by VTU Vice-Chancellor Prof Karisiddappa, will be formed and the committee will comprise of academicians, industry leaders, officials among others.

This was decided in the preliminary meeting chaired by Minister for Higher Education C N Ashwatha Narayana.

The purpose of ‘Super 30’ is to focus on providing quality teaching in every district and to meet industry requirements.

“Wherever the government college exists that will be considered on priority and in districts with no government college, private engineering colleges will be selected,” said C N Ashwatha Narayana.

Colleges known for quality will not be included in this. But those which lack quality teaching will only be taken up to be developed as model colleges.

The development would mainly concentrate on faculty training, industry collaborations, setting up of laboratories, foreign collaborations, and such other things rather than physical infrastructure, the Minister emphasised.

To begin with, one department in each selected college will be taken up for up-gradation and later on, it will be expanded to the whole college. The funds needed for this will be shared in the ratio of 1/3rd by CSR funding of companies, 1/3rd by VTU, and 1/3rd by the institution itself, C N Ashwatha Narayana explained.

It was decided in the meeting to connect the selected colleges with the leading industries and to allow industries to guide the colleges as anchoring institutes. It was also suggested to loop in alumni students in this attempt.

Prof.Karisiddappa, G.Kumar Naik, ACS, Department of Higher Education, P.Pradeep, Commissioner, Dept of Collegiate & Technical Education, Prof.Gopal Joshi, ED, State Higher Education Council, Prashanth Prakash, Chairperson, State Startup Vision Group, Dr.C.N.Meena Nagaraj, Director, Department of IT/BT attended the meeting.

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