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State to have private agricultural colleges In the legislature

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Proposal for another UAS at Raichur to be studied


Cabinet subcommittee to examine issue

Firm chosen to construct airport at Hassan


BANGALORE: The Cabinet on Thursday decided to allow private agricultural colleges to be set up in order to reduce the fiscal burden on the Government.

It constituted a Cabinet subcommittee headed by Minister for Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs M.P. Prakash to examine the issue of granting permission to private managements to establish agricultural colleges in the State. At present there are no private agricultural college in the State.

Mr. Prakash told presspersons after a Cabinet meeting on Thursday that the Government was planning to grant permission for private agricultural colleges on the lines of medical and engineering colleges. The subcommittee was likely to submit its report in eight days, he said.

He said private sector involvement in agricultural education would help attract investment in research and development. The Cabinet subcommittee would also consider a proposal to set up a University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Raichur.

The UAS, Bangalore, had submitted a proposal to the State Government to allow it to offer affiliation to private educational institutions to start colleges offering specialised courses in agricultural sciences.

Amendment needed

The present University of Agricultural Sciences Act, 1963 has no provision for the UAS, Bangalore, or the UAS, Dharwad, to grant affiliation to private agricultural colleges. The UAS, Bangalore has six constituent colleges. The Government has to amend the Act to grant permission to set up private colleges.

Airport

0The Cabinet also chose Jupiter Aviation and Logistics Ltd. for construction of an airport at Hassan. Five companies had expressed interest in the construction and management of the airport. The chosen firm would be given a 30-year lease, he said.

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