Published on: December 19, 2022
Why in news? The Karnataka state department of Higher Education has rejected a proposal to set up a tribal university .
- The Department of Kannada and Culture had proposed the tribal university in order to encourage further studies and research on tribal communities.
- The Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) rejected the proposal at its general body meeting.
- Council decided to offer courses or subjects related to tribals at the existing Janapada (Folklore) University.
- Idea of starting a tribal university: On recommendations by a Cabinet sub-committee.
Expert committee Recommendation
- An expert committee head: Dr R Balasubramaniam( founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement)
- Purpose : Study for the purpose of establishing tribal university
- The following recommendations
- There was no need for a separate university.
- Recommended a study chair constituted in any of the existing universities
- Pointed the reservation in education for the tribal community and a tribal community study centre were already functional at the Kuvempu University
Other reasons from committee
- Karnataka has a tribal (STs) population of 42,48,987, according to the All India Survey for Higher Education report for 2018-19.
- The total number of students belonging to this community is around 1.5 lakh and pointed out unnecessity in set up a separate university for this number
- The Janapada University will be instructed to offer courses tribal courses from the next academic year
Karnataka Folklore University
- It also known as Karnataka Jaanapada Vishwavidyalaya,
- Nature: Public university
- Vision : Exclusively dedicated to the study and research of folklore.
- Location : Shiggaon, Haveri
- The university is claimed to be world’s first university for folklore inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Karnataka D. V. Sadananda Gowda.
- The university offers degrees M.A. in various fields were well MBA, MPhil and PhD