Bangalore Dayananda Sagar Institutions Bangalore is spread over 29 hectares, has 10 schools in one campus and 8000 students in all. Educational scene in Bangalore is just a small example of how universities are developing rapidly in the south. Cities like Chennai, Hyderabad and Coimbatore are also witnessing a boom in education.
These cities have seen the ; privatization ; of education than ever before. Each institution has used a variety of schools run as demand grows. And the numbers speak for themselves. In a huge 260 Faculty of Engineering in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, 216 and 120 in Karnataka.
"We've had a big boom, 300 institutions in the last one and half years. You should have heard that in nursing education. If we are the Silicon Valley of India, the government’s contribution to that has been just one engineering college in 50 years. The remaining is from private sector," spokesperson, consortium of medical, engineering and dental colleges, Dr S Kumar says.
One of the main reasons for a growing number of private universities is that very few universities in states like Bengal, Bihar and north-east. And when the need for a private group of students are met, there are very few places available for mature students. That's why they are in the south.
"About 45 per cent of students are non-Karnataka, from the rest of India and rest of world. This campus represents full India and the world. We see a mini-India in this campus," director, business strategy, Dayanand Sagar Institutions, R Janardhan says.
"Job prospects are good here, moreover in Assam, education facilities are not good. We have education facilities but higher education is simple and slow," an Assamese student, Trishita Borthakur says.
"It is not so easy to get a seat. I sat for an entrance test, scored well and got in," BMM student, Sonu Luniya adds.
However, states like Tamil Nadu have seen so many deemed universities that the business of education is taking its toll.
"Quality has definitely suffered. When you have such large numbers, quality will go down. I wouldn’t deny it," spokesperson, Dr S Kumar says.
There is no doubt that the proliferation of universities have their own quotas.