Karnataka Passes Invoice to Arrange Chanakya College Amid Opposition Outcry Over ‘RSS-Backing’


The Karnataka Legislature on Wednesday handed Chanakya College Invoice amid furore that the federal government has given away priceless land to an RSS company at a throwaway worth. The Invoice paves the best way for one more personal college in Bengaluru.

A heated dialogue erupted within the Legislative Council over why priceless land close to the worldwide airport was given away at a throwaway worth to a non-public college. In addition to, Congress MLCs’ accusations that the college was being given away to an RSS-backed organisation was met with an indignant “What’s incorrect with giving it to the RSS? Ought to or not it’s handed over to Italians?” from the treasury benches.

Dubbing the proposed college a ‘land rip-off,’ Chief of the Opposition within the Meeting and former chief minister Siddaramaiah stated that the land recognized for the college close to Haralur, close to the airport, was initially meant for an aerospace tech park.

“That is land acquired from farmers on this space. About 116.16 acres of land is being given away for simply Rs 50 crore. In the identical area, the KIADB had bought land from farmers at Rs 1.5 crore per acre – the federal government has spent over 175 core simply to purchase the identical piece of land, and below regular circumstances, it ought to have price Rs 300 to Rs 400 crores for anybody to purchase this plot of land from the federal government,” Siddaramaiah stated whereas addressing media. He urged the federal government to return on this land allocation.

Siddaramaiah additional stated that the federal government had accepted the land for this college in April final yr, at a time when the state was busy with covid-control measures. “It simply reveals there are different forces behind this,” he stated.

“All of the individuals related to this college have an RSS background. Why ought to the federal government give away its land at such low charges?,” he stated.

The College on the centre of this controversy is a non-public one, funded by philanthropists. It’s began by Prof MK Sridhar, who heads the Centre for Academic and Social sTudies. Prof Sridhar, a former economics professor and dean at Bangalore College, was additionally a key member of the committee that drafted the brand new Nationwide Schooling Coverage (NEP).

The college plans to start out undergraduate, grasp and PhD programmes from the educational yr beginning June 2022, in social sciences, humanities, arithmetic, primary sciences, commerce and administration, Prof Sridhar advised news18.

“It might be a non-public college however it’s primarily based on philanthropic funding. And we are attempting to design our personal curriculum primarily based fully on the NEP, to focus extra on studying outcomes. Over a time frame, we are going to begin programs in regulation and training, performing arts and sports activities as a part of our curriculum. We need to herald the best perspective on Indian data methods from historical to fashionable — from Vedas to different data methods — and on the identical time hyperlink it to the worldwide situation,” Prof Sridhar advised news18 in an interview whereas iterating that the Centre was arrange as a society in 2007.

Some volunteers have dedicated to funding the college, however that can solely grow to be clear after the governor offers his assent and the college comes into existence, Prof Sridhar stated. The invoice to determine the college was handed by a voice vote amid the Opposition Congress and JDs members strolling out of the Council in protest.

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