Minister for Higher Education G.T. Deve Gowda on Monday urged Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar to announce a special package for Hyderabad-Karnataka region, which got special status under Article 371 (J), for establishing centres of higher learning, universities, skill development centres and vocational training centres.

Participating in a video conference with the Union Minister from New Delhi, here, Mr. Gowda said Karnataka had made noticeable progress under the National Higher Education Mission and sought continued support to the State from the Centre for improving the higher education enrolment.

While thanking the Minister for identifying Raichur and Yadgir districts under ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme, Mr. Gowda said two model colleges were proposed at a cost of Rs. 12 crore each under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), at Shahpur in Yadgir district and Siddaramapura in Raichur district.

Both districts had been identified by NITI Aayog as aspirational districts. Out of 28 States, 117 districts had been identified under the programme. According to a survey, Raichur stands at 12th place while Yadgir at 40th place, Mr. Gowda said.

The Minister also said some degree colleges in Raichur and Yadgir districts had been identified for infrastructure upgradation at a cost of Rs. 2 crore each.

From Bengaluru, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education N. Mahesh and Commissioner for Collegiate Education P.C. Jaffer took part in the video conference.

In Mysuru, Karnataka Higher Education Council Executive Director S.A. Kori, and Additional Deputy Commissioner T. Yogesh accompanied the Minister.

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