The Higher Education minister R V Deshpande who headed a sub-committee on Thursday said that the Bangalore University would be split further into four units. Before the beginning of the next academic year, the law and finance departments of the university could be split. The Division of the university would give birth to Bangalore North University, Bangalore South University, Bangalore Central University and the present university at Jnanabharathi.
The university that is present at Jnanabharathi would be a unitary university like Jawaharlal Nehru University and the other three universities North, South and Central would be given affiliated university status. In the meeting it got decided that it has become cumbersome to manage all the 600 affiliated colleges by one single university and thus the decision to split the university into four has been taken. The three affiliating universities would now handle 200 colleges each making it easier for each of the universities to function.
For all the new universities that have been split up from the main one, there would be an allocation of 100 acres of land for establishing of campus. Rest of the land would be used by the unitary university. The present campus at the Jnanabharathi is spread across 1,000 acres and is suitable enough to accommodate the extension. The campuses for all the universities could come under one rough through this mechanism.