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Varsity to get Rs. 5 crore for Kuvempu study centre

Staff Correspondent

Shimoga: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has announced Rs. 5 crore grant for the establishment of Kuvempu Centre for Advanced Studies at Kuvempu University. He was speaking after inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of Kuvempu University at Jnana Sahyadri campus in Shankaraghatta on Tuesday.

State government is committed to provide necessary funds for the education sector. An amount of Rs. 10,281 crore was earmarked for primary and secondary education in the budget of the year 2011-12, Rs. 2,002 crore for higher education, and Rs. 826 crore for medical education. He said that with the objective to provide easy access to higher education for people from all strata of society, six new universities were established in the State in three years.

Addressing the gathering, Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya said that educational institutions had the responsibility to train students to face new challenges.

The inclusive growth could be attained by providing access to higher education for students from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Backward Classes. The enrolment per cent of women for higher education should be enhanced, he said. Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University S.A. Bari said that the university planned to establish Kuvempu Centre for Advanced Studies to mark the silver jubilee celebrations. It had planned to build a block for study of social sciences at the cost of Rs. 10 crore.

He urged the government to bring another district under the purview of Kuvempu University. Chairperson of Legislative Council D.H. Shankaramurthy, Leader of the Opposition in the Council Motamma, MP B.Y. Raghavendra, and member of Rajya Sabha Ayanur Manjunath were present.

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