Published: 26th October 2017
Bangalore University split in three, financial trouble looms large as revenue-generating colleges not under BU ambit
The affiliation fee, which is one of the major sources of revenue, has to be divided between the three Universities
The trifurcation of Bangalore University into Bangalore University, Bangalore Central University and Bangalore North University has left the parent university financially poor. Recently, the State Higher Education Department had divided colleges among the three universities based on Assembly constituencies in Bengaluru Urban and Rural. However, after the colleges were allotted, the revenue generated by Bangalore University is set to come down as revenue-generating colleges have been allotted to Bangalore North and Central universities.
As per the copy of the distribution of colleges which is available with Express, Bangalore University has 255 colleges of which 18 are government, 10 are aided and the remaining are private unaided colleges.
Speaking to Express, a senior official from Bangalore University said, "Though there are more private unaided colleges under our jurisdiction, most are below average and we cannot expect revenue from them."
According to university officials, affiliation and examination fee are two major sources of revenue. "We can't expect revenue from these colleges, and we will be forced to depend on the State government's fund," said the official.
However, the university authorities have decided to wait till the distribution of human resources among the three varsities. Once the entire distribution process is completed, the university will invite applications for fresh affiliation. "We will invite applications for fresh affiliation and if we get applications, and if they meet our norms, we will approve new colleges," the official added.
Meanwhile, Bangalore University has also been asked to transfer the affiliation fee collected from the colleges to the two new universities. "This year, the affiliation and renewal of affiliation were done by Bangalore University. As the colleges have been allotted to the new universities, we have to divide the revenue generated from the affiliation fees. We will keep the service charges and the rest will be transferred," the official said.