The State Government has decided to establish 10 residential colleges in the State at an estimated cost of Rs 250 crores. The colleges will commence functioning in the first week of September announced Minister for Higher Education Basavaraja Rayareddy, reported Kannada Prabha.

Speaking to newspersons at Vidhana Soudha on Wednesday, Rayareddy said, similar to residential schools, residential degree colleges to teach B A, B Com and B Sc will be established. In the first stage 10 colleges will be started at 10 districts. Each college will be set up in 10 acres of land at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crores.  The infrastructure will include building, library, laboratory, faculty staff quarters and sports ground. This is the first time that a Government is establishing residential degree colleges with such facilities, he said.

In the first phase colleges will be started at Bidar, Koppala, Kalaburgi, Chitardurga, Rayachuru, Haveri, Yadagiri, Vijayapura, Kolara and Chamarajanagara. The DCs of all these districts have been instructed to suggest a place with minimum 10 acres for setting up the colleges and report to the government within one week. In the second stage 20 more colleges in remaining districts will be set up.

The new residential colleges will provide 60 per cent reservation for SC and ST students and 40 per cent for general category students. The ratio of male students to female students will be 65:35.  In the current year B A, B Com and B Sc courses will have 40 to 120 students and in the next 3 years each college will have 1000 students, he said.

For the Hyderabad - Karnataka Region Development Board will also establish separate residential colleges at 6 districts at an estimated budget allocation of Rs 25 crores for each.

The State Government will provide only faculty and student’s food expenses to these colleges.  With this, the backward districts will get 2 colleges at every district. The special project was undertaken in view of the least average recorded for degree colleges from this region.

When questioned if the colleges will get students as the admissions for the current year has already closed, Rayareddy replied classes will start for as many students who get admitted.