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Government gives go ahead to Azim Premji varsity

The first private university in the State, Azim Premji University, which envisages building teaching talents and offering specialised training for educators, will come into effect through the ordinance route. 

The State Cabinet on Friday gave its nod for promulgating an ordinance to provide statutory backing for setting up the private university. The Cabinet also gave its go ahead for promulgating an ordinance to set up the Karnataka Samskrita-Veda University.

According to the provision of the Azim Premji University Ordinance, the university will provide teaching, training, research and development in the fields of elementary, secondary, education management and policy. Besides, courses in education in science, social science, humanities and management will also be offered. 

A security deposit of Rs 25 crore will have to be deposited by the Azim Premji Foundation, the social arm of the IT major Wipro, for setting up the university.

The Governor of the state will be the Visitor of the University. The Visitor can call for records of the varsity and pass necessary directions. However, the state government will have no role in the appointment of officers. But in case of mismanagement and maladministration, the government can interfere.

This article appeared in Deccan Herald, issue dated 29 September, 2009