Bengaluru: St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) has been upgraded to St. Joseph’s University under RUSA-II. The college has become the only Private Aided College that has been upgraded to this position in the entire country. SJUB will function as a university from the 2022–2023 academic year onwards.
The Ministry of Education launched Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in 2013 to upgrade autonomous colleges and turn them into clusters to establish new universities. RUSA will create new model degree colleges, and new professional colleges and provide infrastructural support to universities and colleges. “We are delighted to inform you that under RUSA II, St. Joseph’s College is now upgraded to St. Joseph’s University. The Government of Karnataka on 23’d February 2021 passed the St. Joseph’s University Bill (now Act) paving way for the College to become a University with a difference. St. Joseph’s University will be a unique university in the country and will function in the PPP Model,” stated a press release.
It further added that the aim of RUSA is to achieve mass access to higher education with high-quality standards and St. Joseph’s University will be at the forefront to take this mission of Higher Education to all citizens of our country. “St. Joseph’s University will be a leader in promoting scientific research/temper, quality education, innovation and improve equity in higher education by providing adequate opportunities of higher education to SC/STs and socially and educationally backward classes; promote inclusion of women, minorities, and differently-abled persons,” it read.
“The University is extremely grateful to the Office of the Governor of Karnataka, Ministry of Education, Govt of India, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Karnataka Province of the Society of Jesus and all stakeholders who made St. Joseph’s University possible,” it added.
Established in 1882, St. Joseph’s College has been an institution where innovation blends with its time-tested tradition. The college has been the epicentre for quality education, character formation and its commitment to social Concern over the last 140 years. The institution is managed by the Karnataka Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is one of the oldest colleges in Karnataka.