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Karnataka Assembly: Chanakya University Bill passed amidst protests over land allotment
Karnataka Assembly: Chanakya University Bill passed amidst protests over land allotment

Bengaluru: Raising protection over the allotment of land to set up the proposed Chanakya University near Devanahalli, Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Tuesday approved the Chanakya University establishment bill introduced by Higher Education Minister CN Ashwathnarayan. However, the bill is pending approval by the Legislative council. Briefing media persons after the bill was passed in the Lower House, Ashwathnarayan said, "The government is putting emphasis on quality education. Anyone who comes forward in this regard will be encouraged. Some have scoffed at giving land to the new university."

The combined Opposition took objection to the introduction of the Chanakya University Bill, 2021, without adequate discussion, leading to logjam for nearly an hour. Congress Chief Whip M. Narayanaswamy accused the government of handing over 116.16 acres worth nearly Rs.300 crore to Centre for Education for Social Studies (CESS) to start the university at a cheap price, leading to heated exchange.

Earlier in the day, speaking at a press meet, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah had urged the government not to “divert” hundreds of acres of industrial land at a very low rate to drive an “RSS agenda”.

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