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No decision at Syndicate meet on Vice-Chancellor nominee

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The Bangalore University Syndicate, which met on Saturday, reportedly could not decide its nominee for the post of Vice-Chancellor of the university.

H.T. Rathod, in-charge Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the Syndicate, alleged that the Syndicate members did not authorise him to suggest any names for the post.

“A few members did not have confidence in me, maybe because I belong to the Scheduled Caste. They claimed that as I am also an aspirant for the post, I should not be authorised,” he charged.

He claimed that the members would have reacted differently if someone else was the chairman of the Syndicate. “The members should have faith in the chairman, no matter who it is,” he said.

Sanjay Vir Singh, Registrar, said that the Syndicate would meet again soon to discuss the issue and suggest a name to the Search Committee.

However, a Syndicate member, on condition of anonymity, said that after a heated debate on the issue, most members unanimously decided to nominate Ramakrishna Naidu, a member of the University Grants Commission, to the post.

The Syndicate decided to keep the suspension order of K.R. Venugopal, principal of University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, in abeyance. Mr. Singh said that the committee formed to look into the allegations would submit a preliminary report soon. “The university will take a decision only after that.”

The Registrar said that affiliation fee issue would be reviewed again, following request from the principals’ association.

“The fees that we are charging is very less compared to other universities in the State,” he added.

Following a Government Order, the Syndicate approved the raising B.Com, BBM and BA seats in Government First Grade Colleges, effective from this academic year.

The Syndicate also accepted the explanation given by chairman, Board of Examination, Department of Kannada Studies, Bangalore University, C.B. Honnaiah; external member BOE, Department of Kannada Studies, Mysore University, Hanoor Krishnamurthy and external member BOE, Department of Kannada Studies, Gulbarga University PG Centre, C. Nagabhushan.

The university had issued a show-cause notice to them after out-of-syllabus questions appeared in the second year MA (Kannada) correspondence course question paper.

“The Syndicate accepted their explanation. A chairman cannot be held responsible, as he cannot look at every paper that is set. The charges have been dropped. All the BOEs have been cautioned,”he said.

With regard to the Rs. 1 crore due to the university from many of the affiliated and autonomous colleges, the Registrar said that the Syndicate agreed to remind them about the dues.

“If they do not clear the dues and get a No Due Certificate from the Finance Officer, the university will not approve admissions for this year,” he added.

S.K. Lakshman, Registrar (Evaluation), was present.

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