Govt puts on hold renewal of recognition of 383 PU colleges

The recognition of 383 unaided and aided PU colleges in Karnataka have not been renewed owing to academic shortcomings, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait told the Legislative Council on Friday.

Further, the minister said renewal of recognition of another 180 PU colleges have not been completed either because they have not sought renewal or the process has been delayed because of various factors.

“The government will take necessary steps to protect the interests of students who are studying in these colleges,” Sait said, without specifying what or how it will be done.

According to statistics furnished by the government, 151 PU colleges whose recognition has not been renewed are in Bengaluru.

The ministers response came with regard to a question raised by BJP MLC S V Sankanur on the number of PU colleges whose recognition has been renewed.

“The number of PU colleges functioning in Karnataka
as on 2015-16 is 3,547. Of them, recognition has been renewed for 2,984 colleges,” Sait said.

On hold

The process of renewing recognition to 383 colleges has been put on hold because institutions have had zero admissions, low academic standards and other reasons, Sait said.

Renewal of recognition to the other 180 colleges has been delayed as the Department of PU Education is verifying shortage of infrastructure, change in location, change in management and also to check whether these colleges are running departments or courses without permission.

According to a November 2006 circular, recognition of PU colleges should be
renewed every five or 15
years.

“While it is normally once in five years that recognition is renewed, the process happens every year. It is also true that colleges face harassment from our officials during the process. Thats why we have implemented an online system to grant recognition,” Sait said.

The department has started granting permanent recognition to colleges that are 15 years old, Sait
said.

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