The state higher education minister also put form demands for establishment of an IIIT in the state
The Karnataka state government yesterday asked the union government to amend the IIT Act so as to reserve 25% seats at Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad (IIT Dharwad) for students from the state. The state government also put forth demands for the establishment of an IIIT in the state, the re-recognition of courses offered by the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) and help from the centre in opening railway engineering courses and flying schools in the state.
Speaking to the media State Higher Education Minister Basavarajrayareddy stated, "IIT Dharwad was made functional from August 1. Only seven students have been selected from Karnataka. Local students should get benefit. We are contributing so much for this IIT, 25 per cent reservation should be given to Karnataka students." Karanatak had granted over 500 acres of land free of charge for the establishment of the IIT.
Basavarajrayareddy added that the state government had modified the regulations for KSOU in order to conform to UGC rules. "We requested the Government of India to grant recognition to the Karnataka Open University at the earliest," he said.
Speaking of the plans for the establishment of an IIIT or an IIT at Raichur, Basavarajrayareddy announced that the state government was ready to allot land free of cost for the institution. Basavarajrayareddy also met the Union civil aviation and railway ministers and urged them for support in reviving the flying club school and introduction of railway engineering programs in the state.