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Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka
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Jnana Bharathi Campus
Jnana Bharathi Post
Bangalore (District Bangalore)
Karnataka, India
Pin Code : 560056

Bangalore University, Bangalore Karnataka is a University recognised by UGC. Bangalore University, Bangalore Karnataka is also known as BU Bangalore. Bangalore University, Bangalore Karnataka was established on / in 1964.

Bangalore University is situated in Bangalore of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Bangalore comes under Bengaluru (Bangalore) Tehsil, Bangalore District.

Fax # of Bangalore University, Bangalore Karnataka is 080-22961006, 23219295, 23211020.

email ID(s) is Bangalore University Bangalore Karnataka

Website of Bangalore University, Bangalore Karnataka is www.bub.ernet.in, www.library.bub.ernet.in.

Vice Chancellor : vc@bub.ernet.in.

Registrar : 080 - 22961006, .

Contact Details of Bangalore University, Bangalore Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-80-22961005, 23213172 / 23213023
Finance Officer 080- 22961007
email: fo@bub@ernet.in, registrar@bub.ernet.in


Faculty of Arts:
Department of Economics
Department of English
Department of Foreign Language
Department of Hindi
Department of History
Centre for Kannada Studies
Department of Performing Arts
Department of Political Science
Department of Rural Development
Department of Sanskrit
Department of Social Work,
Department of Sociology
Department of Telugu
Department of Urdu
Department of Visual Arts
Department of Women Studies

Faculty of Science.....
Apparel Technology & Management
Department of Botany
Department of Chemistry
Department of Communication
Department of Electronic Media
Department of Electronic Science
Department of Environmental Science
Department of Geography
Department of Geology
Department of Library & Information Science
Department of Microbiology / Biotechnology
Department of Mollecular Biology
Department of Mathematics
Department of Computer Science & Applications
Department of Physics
Department of Psychology
Department of Sericulture
Department of Statistics
Department of Zoology

Faculty of Commerce.....
Department of Commerce
Canara Bank School of Management

Faculty of Education.....
Department of Education

Department of Physical Education
Faculty of Education.....
Department of Education
Department of Physical Education

Faculty of Engineering.....
Department of Architecture
Department of Civil
Department of Computer Science Engineering
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
Department of Electrical
Department of Information Science Engineering
Department of Mechanical

Dept of Law runs LLB course.

Profile of Bangalore University

Bangalore University was established in July 1964 as an offshoot of the University of Mysore, primarily to include institutions of Higher learning located in the metropolitan city of Bangalore and the districts of rural Bangalore, Kolar. Initially, the two premier colleges of the city, the Central College(CC) and the University Vivesvaraya College of Engineering formed the nucleus of the Bangalore University. Soon after the establishment of the Bangalore University, as a first step in the reorganization of courses of instructions, the University introduced Honours courses in the year 1965-66.

Bangalore University has grown both in size and strength to include a large number of affiliated colleges, P.G. Centres of research and a rich diversity of programme options. In consonance with this expansion, in 1973 the University moved into a new campus 'Jnana Bharathi' (JB) located on a sprawling 1,100 acres of land and shifted many of its post-graduate departments to this newly established campus. At present, the JB Campus houses the administrative office a large number of post-graduate departments, Directorates, Centres of higher learning, Gandhi Bhavan, Ambedkar Bhavan, NSS Bhavan, Outdoor Stadium and other support services. The Central College Campus retained as the city campus houses the main examination wing with the office of Registrar Evaluation, city offices of the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Finance (Examination part), Academic Staff College, Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education Centre, Directorate of College Development Council, a few postgraduate departments and support services. Besides, the college also has the Central College Cricket Pavilion where the Karnataka State Cricket Association was first established and trained several cricketers of International repute. Apart from this, in the vicinity of the city campus, the University has two constituent colleges, the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (U.V.C.E started in 1917). The third constituent college, the University College of Physical Education (formerly known as the Government College of Physical Education, started in 1959) is located in the JB Campus. Since 1973, the University is functioning from both the campuses- the main campus at Jnana Bharathi and the City Campus at Central College.

Bangalore University has completed forty one years of fruitful existence and has come to be hailed as one of the largest universities of Asia. Though original intended to be a federal university, it has eventually emerged as an affiliating University. The University has been accredited in 2001 by NAAC and has received Five Star Status. Academically, the university is structured into Six faculties- Arts, Science, Commerce and Management , Education, Law and Engineering. It has 41 post-graduate departments, One post-graduate Centre at Kolar, (started during 1994-95), Three constituent college, 473 affiliated colleges ( of which 88 have PG courses) and several other Centers and Directorates of higher learning and research under its purview. AT present the University offers 51 Post-graduate courses.

Profile of University
The Bangalore University was established on 10 July 1964 as a federal university. In the start, the University was built around two premier institutes of learning the central college and the University Of Vishvesarya College Of Engineering. Today, the University is one of the Hot Spots of learning in the Bangalore City. The university has 6 faculties, viz; Arts, Science, Commerce & Management, Education, Law and Engineering.

The Bangalore University offers education through 41 post-graduate departments, One post-graduate Centre at Kolar (started during 1994-95), 3 constituent college, 473 affiliated colleges (of which 88 have PG courses) and several other Centers and Directorates of higher learning and research.

The University is promised to provide education to all. To fulfill its purpose the university offers in-campus program as well as off-campus program. The off-campus programs are offered through distance education mode.

Bangalore University (BU) is a public university located in Bangalore, Karnataka State, India. The university is one of the oldest in India, dating as far back as 1886, and is renowned as one of the leading major universities in India. The university is a part of The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and nears the status of "Potential for Excellence" which is reserved for the top 10 universities in India under the Guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

History of University
The University was opened as the Central College in 1886, by the then British Government. It was endowed with the status of university on July 10, 1964 by the government under the then State of Mysore to consolidate institutions of higher education in the city of Bangalore. The Central College and the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) established in 1912, the two original institutions in Bangalore were subsumed into this university. With the promulgation of the Karnataka State Universities Ordinance of 1975, which aimed at bringing uniformity to all universities in the state, the university lost its federal character and became a state-affiliated university. In 1973, the University moved to the Jnana Bharathi Campus located on 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of land.

By virtue of the University producing the largest number of Ph.D.s in India, it has also established a good reputation in foreign universities. Consequently, at present the university hosts a growing number of foreign students.

Bangalore University was started as a 'Nucleus of Science' centre of Mysore University, it was endowed with the status of a University in 1964. Bangalore University still commands a student strength of nearly 3,00,000. As many as 400 Colleges and over 75 Post-Graduate Departments, make it the largest University in India. Perhaps in Asia, may be in the world!.

Bangalore University also administers four constituent colleges of which the Central College and the University Visveswaraya College of Engineering are justly famous all over the country.

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Bangalore University launches online facility for xerox of answer scripts

Bangalore: Now, the students of Bangalore University can avail photocopies of their answer scripts online.
Recently, the university introduced the digital evaluation process and as a fallout, it introduced a system to provide the photocopies of answer scripts online, which was inaugurated by vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev on Wednesday.The digital evaluation process was introduced as pilot project for the BCA students and about 45,000 scripts were evaluated digitally within a week after the examinations were over. Now, all those scripts are available online and the students can get the print of their answer scripts online.

"With the introduction of the digital system, we saved valuable time and energy of faculties. The online availability of answer scripts will save the time of students as well. This process will be malpractice free and boost transparency," Prabhu Dev said.Besides, the university would also send SMSes to students who apply for the photocopies online. "We will send an SMS to the student after sending the scanned copy of the answer script to his-her respective e-mail ID," Prabhu Dev said.From the October-November examinations, even the revaluation process will be made online. Students can fill the form on the website and using the reference number, they can pay the fee at Bangalore One centres.Students, who used the online facility, were upbeat about it. After using the new facility, student Shruthi said: "It is really a good idea. We don't need to go to the college and stand in the queue to apply for photocopies or revaluation. We can do it by just sitting at home or at a browsing centre. Even the copies are be sent to our e-mail address within 24 hours."

Soon, Bangalore University may offer UG course in movie production

Bangalore: Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day workshop on cinema on Monday, BU vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev said that the varsity was in talks with the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA) to start the film institute and undergraduate course in film production."We hope to introduce this programme in the next academic year," he said.

The workshop, organised by KCA, Suchitra Film Society and Acharya Film Society, was inaugurated at Priyadarshini Auditorium, Badami Hall. The workshop covers several facets of film-making such as the technical aspects, film appreciation, criticism and review, the development of cinema and cinema and the government and other industry organisations.Regretting that cinema had not been give the prime space in academics, N Vidyashankar, secretary, Suchitra Film Society, said students needed to gather knowledge of the modern visual culture and learn film appreciation, review and film critiquing.

"This workshop is a beginning and we hope to take this further by introducing film societies in colleges and organising monthly screenings and discussions to understand cinema," said TS Nagabharana, chairman, KCA.Participants at the workshop will be awarded certificates from KCA, Suchitra Film Society and Acharya Film Society.The resource persons at the workshop are HN Narahari Rao, TS Nagabharana and Prakash Belawadi with course co-ordinator Abdul Rehman Pasha.

More gold to glitter at Bangalore University this year

Bangalore: The last time there were any gold medalists from the varsity was in its 39th convocation in 2004. After that, because of the skyrocketing price of gold, the university decreased the number of gold medals. Instead, cash awards were given to the achievers.

However, this time, Bangalore University decided to go for gold medals. "We don't want students to be disappointed. So we have cancelled all the dinners, including the post-convocation dinner, and spent that money on gold medals," said vice-chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev.

In the 46th convocation, about 208 students are eligible for gold medals. "These gold medals are constituted by the university and are not related to the endowment fund. The interest received by the endowment fund will be separately given to the students in the form of cheques," clarified Dev.Nearly `18 lakh used to be spent on dinners. From now on, that money will be used for gold medals. "Along with that, we have got `5 lakh from general funds," he said.Each gold medal will weigh more than 5 grams and the name of a student will be engraved on the medal, along with the signature of the vice-chancellor.
"We also constituted a committee to examine the quality of gold," Dev said.
Recently, at a syndicate meeting, the university decided not to entertain endowment funds below `5 lakh.

BU looks at cashing in through corporates

Bangalore: To overcome deficiency in its the budget every year, Bangalore University has decided to generate funds for its developmental works from the corporate sector.
Recently, the varsity formed a committee to work on the process. Karan Kumar H, a committee and academic council member, had placed a strategy proposal about the fund generation in the academic council meeting held on March 23.

The objective of the committee is to identify and evaluate prospective funding sources that are applicable to their unique needs and situations. Kumar, in the proposal, mentioned the process of collecting and evaluating information about the funding sources so as to make correct decisions about which corporates would help the varsity establish a sound and reliable revenue base for BU.According to the strategy proposal, the university should have some clear-cut programmes about the type of activities that can be funded, such as scholarships for students, faculty improvement programmes like research projects, innovations and experimental enhancements.

According to the proposal, the university can gather funds through social and educational foundations, local corporates, financial institutions like banks and individual donors. Other than these, the committee can also think of continuous revenue-generation sources like energy-efficiency programmes and green campus projects.The strategy proposal also suggested that the university authorities develop a focused and clear plan for pursuing funding sources that will best match the university's immediate budgetary needs and its long-term financial goals.

It also mentioned that instead of revising the tuition fee, triggering private participation in the university funding would be more appropriate. It suggested that instead of generating additional funds from students, it is better to opt for a comprehensive plan.

BU bifurcation is to favour Mylarappa

Bangalore: The department of higher education is all set to bifurcate the Bangalore University (BU), and the report recommending bifurcation by the higher education council, has already been submitted to the government.

Meanwhile, department sources said that the bifurcation is not necessary in the current situation and the government is doing it to favour one of BU's influential faculties, BC Mylarappa.A report submitted by the higher education council had recommended dividing the university into two, as Bangalore University and Bangalore South University. As per the report, the current BU vice-chancellor (VC) will remain at Bangalore University, while a new VC will be appointed to the newly proposed university.

"Dividing Bangalore University is like match-fixing. This is mainly to favour Mylarappa, who belongs to the BJP, and a strong contender for the vice-chancellor's post," said a source reliable to higher education minister VS Acharya.

Mylarappa had tried to become vice-chancellor of BU when the post fell vacant after the resignation of then VC, HA Ranganath. But his application was rejected because of allegations against him about misappropriation of funds, when he was a director of correspondence courses at BU.

"He tried to become VC of Tumkur University also, but the then higher education minister, Aravind Limbavali did not evince interest," sources said.

According to sources close to Acharya, this time around, it has been decided to appoint Mylarappa as VC of the soon-to-be established Bangalore South University. "Mylarappa is pressurising the government through RSS people. One of the RSS leaders who was also an MLC and academician, is supporting Mylarappa and was involved in preparing the report," said a source.

Many academicians and faculty, however, feel there is no need to divide BU. "Over 170 under-graduate and 26 BEd colleges are not functioning. When this is the situation, why has the government decided to divide BU," asked an official. As per the report submitted by the council, most of the infrastructure, including Jnana Bharati will go to Bangalore South University and Bangalore University is expected to function from Central College.

Bangalore varsity all set to go Dutch

Bangalore: In an era where everyone thinks global, how could the Bangalore University be far behind? Confirming the reports, vice-chancellor N Prabhudev expressed Bangalore University's interest in tying up with The Hague University from The Netherlands, for the benefit and progress of the university.

In the first-phase of the exchange programme, they are looking at a staff-exchange. "We are more inclined towards the staff-exchange programme owing to economic issues. Secondly, if we send one teacher, he-she can come back and teach 100-200 students each," said Prabhudev.

The faculty needs to be trained in problem-based disciplines such as renewable energy, aerospace, climate change etc, he said. He maintained that in the second phase, a student exchange programme could be a possibility.

He also added that plans for a school of bio-technology and nano-technology, where high-end technological equipment would be used, was under way for which trained faculty members would be required.

The vice-chancellor also expressed interest in starting gemology and oceanography courses, with help from the group from The Netherlands.

Two faculty members — A Aarbodem and A Reuneker — from The Hague University from The Netherlands, who were present at the press-conference, said that an agreement would be reached after another 35-member delegation from the university, came to Bangalore in March.

It was decided that after a wider discussion on its scope, decisions will be taken and understandings signed. "Many students from Bangalore are already interacting with their counterparts in The Netherlands," said A Aarbodem, from the Academy of ICT Media, The Hague University.

Prabhudev indicated the possibility of building an international hostel for students, to create a healthy living environment for foreign students. Currently, there are 3,000 international students studying in Bangalore University.

Pramod Muthalik and five of his associates

Bangalore: Chief of Sri Ram Sene, a right-wing Hindu extremist group, Pramod Muthalik and five of his associates were arrested for assaulting a Bangalore University (BU) official for "delay" in conducting degree examinations.

Muthalik and 25 members barged into the chamber of BU Distant Education Director Niranjan and threatened him of dire consequences if the examination was not held on time, Central DCP G Ramesh said.

Muthalik and his supporters demanded written assurance from BU to hold examination on December 26, but Niranjan declined, he said.

In the melee, one of the associates of Muthalik slapped Niranjan while others damaged the furniture, a TV set and a fax machine in the chamber, Ramesh said.

Muthalik and others were demanding BU to hold examination in Koppal, Bellary, Davangere and Bangalore centres, where it was cancelled after mass copying came to light, the DCP said.

The examination was scheduled on December 14, but was not held on grounds of non-installation of CCTVs at the four centres, Ramesh said. Niranjan lodged the complaint against Muthalik and five others.

BU refuses reaffiliation to 170 colleges

Bangalore: About 170 colleges affiliated to the Bangalore University (BU) are in trouble. This year, the varsity has decided not to send the local inspection committee (LIC) to those colleges that have not been active for the academic year 2011-2012. Therefore, these colleges will not be reaffiliated to BU. Most of these colleges either have double-digit admissions or no admissions at all.

Every year, BU constitutes a local inspection committee to visit all its affiliated colleges. Based on the inspection committee's report about the college's functioning, the university renews the affiliation for the courses for the academic year.

Considering the 170 colleges that have less than 60 admissions or no admissions at all, BU is planning not to send the LIC committee to these colleges.

Dr N Prabhu Dev, vice-chancellor of BU, said, "The power of cancellation of affiliation is not with the university. But we can take a decision of not sending the LIC to certain colleges. When we don't send the LIC, there is no question of renewal of affiliation."

Soon, BU will let you view your answer script online

Bangalore: Are you a student of Bangalore University (BU) keen to see how you have fared in an examination? Soon, you could make an application to see your answer script, and you could view how you were graded online. No need at all to depend on the postal service for this facility anymore.

BU is thinking of introducing the online process for the provision of photocopies of answer scripts. Sources from the university said that a proposal to start such a system is under discussion. It is expected to be finalized soon.

"This is to avoid delay in providing students access to the photocopies of their answer scripts. The online process will be effective in reducing the time, so we are thinking of introducing it," a BU official said.

Here is how the new system will work — requests could be made for online access to answer scripts to the examination wing of BU. Once a request is received, the BU could upload answer scripts on its website, after scanning. "The student will be provided a password to open the web page," said a source. Even the fee collection for the procedure could be done online. The facility will offer students that option too.

"This system would help rural students. Even if we send the photocopied answer scripts through registered post, it is often delayed. The cost for getting material through registered post is also quite steep. The online process would be cheaper, more time efficient, and easier," an official explained. Every year, BU receives at least 15,000 applications requesting a photocopy of the answer script. Srujana, a post-graduate student at the university, said, "The online procedure could make the whole thing faster. It will really help us. It is nice that the university is coming up with such a process."

BU had introduced a process that allows students to get their degree certificates online. From this academic year, students can get their degree certificates online; the original will be sent to them by post within a month.

Guv relents, nods assent

Bangalore: Governor HR Bhardwaj, who is also the chancellor of the state universities, on Monday backed down on his decision to hold back the honorary doctorate for noted Kannada litterateur Chidanandamurthy, a former professor of Kannada at Bangalore University (BU) and a historian, in the face of a strong backlash from the literary community in the state.

Within an hour after a protest was staged outside the Raj Bhavan, the governor agreed to confer the doctorate on Chidanandamurthy. He conveyed this revision of his stance to Chidanandamurthy and invited him to Raj Bhavan.

Earlier, a resolution was adopted at the 77th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelana condemning the governor's decision. Jnanapeet awardee UR Ananthamurthy too questioned the governor's stance of putting on hold an honour to be conferred on a senior and reputed scholar.

In a release issued to the media, the Raj Bhavan explained, "The views expressed by Jnanapeeth awardee Prof UR Ananthamurthy and other scholars at the Kannada Sahithya Sammelana have been considered by the governor… Having regard to the clarification statement issued by Chidanandamurthy himself, that he has not justified the attacks on the churches and he is against the attacks on any place of worship, the governor has no hesitation in approving the name of Chidanandamurthy and approval has been conveyed to the Bangalore University. Due diligence is the rule to perform all functions. The governor opines that there is no room for controversy on such issues."

Around 2 pm on Monday, Chidanandamurthy received a phone call from Raj Bhavan that informed him that the governor had approved the Bangalore University's recommendation of honouring him with a doctorate, and would like to meet him personally.

The story so far

The syndicate of the Bangalore University, which met on February 2, finalised the names of scholar M Chidanandamurthy, poet KS Nisar Ahmed and artist BKS Verma to confer honorary doctorate in the annual convocation, scheduled to be held on February 15.

On February 3, the names finalised in the syndicate were sent to the governor for approval. Governor HR Bhardwaj held back the name of Chidanandamurthy, and approved the other two names proposed. This gubernatorial action stirred a hornet's nest, and the matter was discussed at the 77th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in the city over last three days.

Scholars like Jnanapeeth awardee UR Ananthamurthy, Baraguru Ramachandrappa and Sa Shi Marulaiah questioned the wisdom of the governor's move. Many groups, including the Kannada Geleyara Balaga, KSRTC Kannada Kriya Samithi and the Catholic Christians Kannada Association staged a protest against the governor on Monday.

The governor explained that he had read reports that Chidanandamurthy had justified the Justice BK Somasekhara Commission report on the attacks on churches in the state in 2008, and talked of conversions. The governor explained that held back approval, in order to verify the scholar's antecedents.

BU covers PG students with medical insurance

Bangalore: In a first in the state, Bangalore University has decided to introduce a medical insurance policy for its post-graduate students from this academic year.

Students need not shell out a paise to avail of the insurance benefit, as the university will be paying the entire premium amount.

National Insurance Company (NIC) will be partnering with Bangalore University in providing medical insurance to students, offering health and accident coverage to postgraduate students.

The entire premium amount will be borne by the university and students need not feel its burden at all.

"An annual premium of Rs 582 will be paid by the university for every student and in all about Rs 20 lakh will be spent under this head in a year," said Dr N Prabhu Dev, vice-chancellor, BU.

The proposal to introduce medical policy for the PG students was placed before an academic council meeting of the university on Wednesday. The council unanimously agreed to the proposal.

"This is another student welfare move, like the mid-day meals which we introduced recently. The scheme will go by the name 'Vidyarthi Medical Policy for Students'," Prabhu Dev explained.

Under the policy, the postgraduate students of the university are eligible to get medical benefit up to Rs 50,000. About 3,500 students will be covered by the policy.

In case of a student's death, the university will give Rs 50,000 to his-her family. The scheme will also provide education expense in case a student loses his or her family's breadwinner. In such a case, the student will be provided Rs 1 lakh to continue his-her studies.

Silent for a cause

Silence is his voice. Protesting against the selling of drinking water, Amrut, a social worker, is completely silent for the last five years, confident that his silence would soon transform into a thousand cries. Kumar Buradikatti reports from Bangalore
KUMAR BURADIKATTI | Issue Dated: September 19, 2010

Silent for a cause At times silence can be more powerful than a thousand words. Cinema and theatre regularly use this tool to sprinkle the element of drama. In real life, too, we use silence to register protest when we are miffed with somebody. But for how long? Hardly a few minutes or may be hours if the case is too extreme. Bute here is a man who is silent for the last five years five-and-a- half-years to be precise. Why? Well, he is protesting against the price tag some money minded companies have attached with the drinking water. Water is a basic need of human beings and it must not be sold for profit making, feels 53-year-old Amrut. A post-graduate from Bangalore University, Amrut is on his Satyagraha of Silence since March 1, 2005, protesting against the selling of drinking water.

A few books, one set of cloths, a pen and a writing pad to interact with people around and a shawl that protects him from cold are the total belongings of Amrut alias Ambrose. With no permanent house, he usually sleeps on the road side. And yes, he wears no shoes. But unlike MF Husain the other famous guy who goes without footwear he hardly gets to walk on expensive carpets and fancy flooring.

Amrut interacts by writing on a piece of paper and through gestures. His passion is more visible in the latter mode. Selling of drinking water is a new phenomenon that these profit mongers the multi-nationals invented in the era of globalization. New and unique problems need new and unique ways of protest. The ready made protest models wont work here, he explains of his way of protest.

He recalls the incident that forced him to take up this struggle five years back. It was a hot Bangalore afternoon. A few labourers at a construction site asked for water from a local resident. But the person refused to give them any water. The poor labourers pockets did not allow them the luxury of buying bottled water from the nearby shops. Amrut, who was watching all this, came forward and fetched water for them. The incident enraged him enough to launch a protest against the selling of water. Water is natures gift and selling it is a crime. Several local and multi-national companies are minting money through this crime, he writes.

The passionate social worker hates packaged drinking water so much that if he finds mineral water bottles on the stage in any programme he attends, he does not hesitate in raising voice against it. Once he was even beaten up for this and that too by his own party men. It so happened that a few years after the demise of MD Nanjundaswamy, the leaders of the warring factions of the Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha (KRRS) met in Bangalore to discuss the possibilities of a merger. What terribly irked Amrut there was the presence of branded water bottles bought to be served during the meeting. He instantly wrote a placard and displayed it outside the venue, exposing the leaders real face. (The leaders had promised to wage a resolute struggle against the sale of drinking water just a year ago). They brutally assaulted me. I had honestly worked in KRRS for a cause for so many years and this was the way they treated me, he jots down. He has worked with many other social organisations too. Silent for a cause Since 2007, Amrut has intensified his struggle by cutting his food down to one meal a day. He doesnt take even a glass of water till five in the evening! He usually takes his supper at the roadside food venders in the city or at any farmers house if he is in the countryside.

Amrut participated in the recently concluded Congress partys padayatra and walked from Bangalore to Bellary barefooted, taking a single meal a day. He became the centre of attraction throughout the walk as the word about him spread. I am not a Congressman. I participated in the walk just because they have raised an important issue concerning the ordinary people of the state. For me it was an opportunity to spread awareness about my cause, writes down an excited Amrut.

Amruts protest against the anti-begging law was also unique. To register his protest he started begging on the streets of Bangalore. Then he organised his co-beggars and marched to Delhi, begging all through the way, to oppose the law. It is the state that has created the circumstances where a section of people is forced to beg. If the government is really concerned about its citizens and is feeling ashamed of having such an inhuman practice on its land, it should address the conditions that have given rise to begging, he opines.

For the last one year or so, he has started selling revolutionary and progressive books in public programmes, mass protests and demonstrations. He feels that it is not just a means of filling his stomach, but an effective medium of spreading awareness among the people. A year back, I was just distributing some progressive literature in front of the Lawyers Bhavan in Bangalore. Some people claiming to be from the Sangh Parivar snatched the papers from me, physically assaulted me and handed me over to the police accusing me of distributing anti-Hindu literature. I took it as a challenge and thenceforth started selling all kinds of revolutionary and progressive books to spread awareness. I sell the books keeping a little profit margin to earn a few bucks for a cup of tea and a roadside meal in the evening, he conveys with a note of triumph. He is confident that one day his silent protest will translate into thousands of voices for his cause. Till then, I will keep it up. I may not be able to see it in my lifetime, but the future generations will surely do, he concludes.

Boonin the form of romantic thrash

There was once a time when a post-graduate English Literature student buried his nose into the world of Chaucers Canterbury Tales and spewed Derridas views on post-structuralism.

Today, the classifications have broadened and genres such as popular culture and gender studies are sub-texts under literature.

Bangalore University has revamped its PG syllabus for the English Department and the latest under these genres are novels such as Harry Potter, Mills and Boons and Sherlock Holmes and movies like Dostana and Fire, to name a few.

Does this sound the death knell for literature? Or is democraticing literature the way to go? Feba Rachel Thomas, an English literature lecturer says, Its alright if novels such as Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes are added to the required reading list. Frankly, the reading habits of youngsters are dying a slow death today. But, including them in the syllabus is quite a different thing. How can one critique and analyse a Mills and Boons novel?

On the other hand, final year students of BU are happy with this move. I am jealous of my juniors who will benefit from such a syllabus. We had heavy texts to study. Chinua Achebe and texts on the Godhra riots were part of our papers. But along with this, the students will get the chance to study a full fledged segment on popular fiction. I think its a good move, says Bhumika Rajan, a final year MA English Literature student.

The England of Jane Austen has passed us by, says Nimmy C, a final year student of English Lit. Literature has nothing to do with age group. So, to say Harry Potter is for teenagers has no basis. Im not okay with the inclusion of these subjects but I have nothing against popular fiction. Its time we stopped treating the discipline like its not meant for the masses.

As for the gender studies module, she adds, This is the way the world views gender roles, so why not include a commercial flick like Dostana?

Most students are of the opinion that the definition of literature needs to be widened and with this change, it most definitely will!

Panel offers liberal exam reforms

Students are going to be mighty pleased. At a time when Bangalore University (BU) was proposing a series of stringent measures, including no carry over facility for even semesters, to the consternation of students, the liberal proposals by the exam reform committee are sure to be welcomed on campuses across the state.

This committee, formed by the state Council for Higher Education under the chairmanship of Mysore University VC Prof V.G. Talwar, has, in marked contrast to expectations as well as the prevailing system, favoured cent percent carry over facility for students, for double the course duration. The committee has also recommended six years duration to complete all three-year Undergraduate courses offered by all the universities of the state.

According to a senior officer of the council, the committee was formed immediately after Dr. V.S. Acharya moved to the higher education department.

The committee was requested to look into the loopholes in the present system and suggest ways to have a uniform examination procedure in all the general universities run by the state government. This came after complaints that some universities failed to maintain the decorum of the examinations.

According to sources, the committee has recommended cent per cent carry over for all UG students, which means students can finish the degree class without clearing even a single subject.

Another major recommendation is the time frame of double the years of course duration to complete the UG courses.

But theres dissent among the council members, with whom the recommendations have not gone down well. Speaking to this newspaper, a member pointed out that one the one hand Bangalore University has proposed carry over facility only for odd semester students.

On the other hand, at universities like Dharwad, Mangalore etc full carry over is not allowed in the third year. Over the years, all the educational institutions have been making the exam system and regulations more and more stringent to ensure quality. But we do not know why this committee has proposed such liberal guidelines, he said.

State Council for Higher Education executive director K.M. Kaveriappa said a decision on the proposals will be taken at the council meeting. Different universities are having different exam systems. The council wants uniform exam rules and regulations applicable to all the universities in the state. Once the council comes up with common regulations, all the universities should follow them, he stated.

Hop on a bicycle, pedal around BU campus

Cycling enthusiasts take part in a Cyclothon organised by Columbia Asia Hospitals in Bengaluru on Sunday — DC

For years now, cycling has been recommended as an environmentally clean mode of transport.

The citys community of cyclists intend to use this zero-polluting mode of transport in the largest educational institution in Bengaluru.

Bangalore University will soon initiate a sophisticated technology-based platform to support a bicycle-sharing programme within the 1,000 acre campus of Jnanabharathi.

Emulating some of the best universities in USA, Australia and Europe, the programme will promote bicycling for reasons that include the environment and providing last-mile connectivity in and around the campus.

Another important reason is health, which seems to have increasingly become a part of the younger generations concerns, stated Murali Ramanath of RideACycle foundation.

The foundation, along with Bangalore University, is currently preparing to test the model titled Namma cycling, centred around a mobile computing system, designed to keep track of the bicycles and their feasibility as a non-motorised transport mode.

Mr Ramnath added, We want to demonstrate that cycling can be used as a mode of commuting and that all it takes is a simple, basic infrastructure and technology to build a sustainable mode of transport. The whole system at BU will include cycle rental stations at strategic points from where anyone at the university can rent bicycles. Stock stations, in the long run, will facilitate a space for additional bicycles, based on the demand. While health is one of the many reasons for cycling, BU expressed the lack of last-mile connectivity to various departments and other institutions in the locality.
This project is aimed at achieving that last-mile connectivity as well. At present, the testing will take place with 50 bicycles on campus till the formal launch on World Environment Day on June 5.

The foundation designing the technology, is of the opinion that the system can be replicated anywhere in any situation and the software allows for the bicycle-sharing programme to begin instantly.

According to Mr Ramnath, the software enables users to deploy the whole gamut of the programme as it is an organized system that comprises keeping a track of the usage, the demand and maintenance of the bicycle, as well as the user, among other things.

Name changers take on the Mrs!

The Bard once asked… Whats in a name? Well, a lot! Its common for a bride to change her name after she gets married. But how often do you come across a man who willingly takes his wifes last name? Meet the modern day male who proudly displays his wifes name. Srikant Padmanabhan says, I think taking my wifes last name is the most natural progression. If she can take my name, I can take hers.

But changing ones name is not so easy. There are many legal procedures while registering as a couple. In India, the law permits a woman to make a choice when it comes to changing her name. The names on all documents have to be changed and uniformity maintained. However, this has not deterred Anthony and Priscilla. My husband Anthony and I are planning to move to France. We are willing to go through the procedures. In fact, my husband has asked everyone to call him Anthony Rajan-Perot, says Priscilla Perot-Rajan So how does society view this? While some acknowledge the trend as modern, others feel it may not suit Indian sensibilities. Professor Rajesh of Bangalore University says, Name changing is associated with a change in identity. You have a new recognition. It could be problematic for a man to have a new identity. But the choice is his. Madhupriya Muralidharan, who is getting married soon, says, Well, Id like my fiancée to take my name. Im not going to drop my last name after marriage. Whether he takes my name or not is his choice

Marriage is a union of two people and what better way to support it than with a name? It does have its share of hardships but then again, marriage was never easy on anyone, right?

Illegal mining: Governor takes on AG, backs report

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj made it clear on Thursday that the government could not reject former Lokayukta justice Santosh Hegdes report on illegal mining merely on advocate general (AG) B.V.Acharyas advice.

Reacting strongly to the AGs opinion that the Lokayukta report had no legal backing for taking action against politicians and bureaucrats indicted by it, Mr Bhardwaj said he was not the government and could only give legal advice to it.

Whatever justice Santosh Hegde has said about the AGs observation is correct, he said speaking to reporters after inaugurating Bangalore Universitys Civic Sense campaign. While Dr Acharya has found fault with justice Hegde for not issuing show cause notices to those named in the report, the former Lokayukta has maintained that under section 7 (2-A) of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, he is not required to do so, explaining that those who figure in the report will be given an opportunity to defend themselves when the time comes to implement it.

Mr. Bhardwaj refused to comment on the appointment of a new Lokayukta, saying it was left to the Chief Minister and other selection committee members. But I will ensure there is no delay from my side. The moment I get the papers (of recommendation from the government), I will sign them, he assured.

He also refused to comment on the legality of forest minister C P Yogeshwar continuing in office although he is an accused in the Mega City project, saying he was not aware of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) probe against him.

I dont have any papers relating to Mr. Yogeshwar at Rajbhavan. I am not aware of Union corporate affairs minister Veerappa Moilys statement in this regard. I dont want to create a political crisis by taking suo motto action. When I spoke against the Bellary ministers including Mr. Reddy, everybody targeted me. But now everyone knows the truth, he added.

Asked about the fate of state information commissioner, Dr. H. N.Krishna, who is accused of committing irregularities in selection of candidates for the Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) in 1998, 1999 and 2004, the Governor said he was not aware of the criminal case registered against him.

BU gets new registrar, but no coordinator

Prof N.S. Ashok Kumar can now take charge of his responsibilities as the new registrar (evaluation), even though he hasnt got a No Objection certificate from Bangalore University yet.

Bangalore University (BU) officials have relieved him even before verifying the purchase documents of the department of Electronic Media where he was the coordinator. According to the university officials, this means Prof. Kumar can join RGUHS without even handing over charge as coordinator to his replacement.

Sadly, no one from the faculty is ready to accept the responsibility of coordinator as there are allegation against the department of misappropriation of university fund to purchase of various high end electronic gadgets, equipment and books.

According to the university sources, on October 15, Prof Kumar was appointed as the new registrar (evaluation) of the RGUHS.

But following a students protest, he was not able to assume charge immediately. But now he has been relieved without the Non Objection Certificate (NOC) from his parent department which has led to a new controversy in the university.

According to the university officers, Prof Kumar had joined the department as coordinator since its inception. They say he made purchases worth several crores for the department.

Speaking to this newspaper, a senior officer of the university on condition of anonymity, said when Prof Kumar approached the university officials seeking a relieve order, he was asked to present all the original documents related to the purchases made to the department. But he didnt furnish any information. So the department didnt issue him an NOC.

But on Wednesday evening newly appointed registrar Prof. B.C. Mylarappa issued him the relieving order. Even though Prof. Mylarapa is fully aware of the university procedure he bowed to pressure from some politicians, he said.

Prof. Mylarappas decision has led to a lot of problems. Since no one is ready to take on the responsibility, people in the department are clueless about who will ensure the day to day administration, he said.

Both VC as well as registrar were not available for comments.

Sister-in-law cheats BU professor of Rs 8 lakh

A 61-year-old associate professor and head of the department of education at Bangalore University has approached the city police complaining against her sister-in-law who is a doctor. The associate professor claims that her sister-in-law stole signed blank cheques of her husband and fraudulently transferred Rs 8 lakh into her account. The complainant Dr Tara Subbaraman has accused her sister-in-law Varalakshmi, a doctor in Coimbatore, of stealing the blank cheque leaf from her Wilson Garden residence and transferring money into her account. Varalakshmi often visited her brother and Taras husband D. Subbaraman, whp suffers from a kidney ailment. During one such visit, Varalakshmi allegedly stole the cheque books and pass book.

The case is being investigated by the sleuths of the Fraud and Misappropriation squad of the Central Crime Branch. Sleuths said that Tara has claimed that her husbands condition started deteriorating from Nov. 2010. Her sister-in-law used to frequently visit them at their Wilson Garden home. Varalakshmi allegedly and started enquiring about her brother, his assets and other properties like bank account details in May, the CCB sleuths said.

Varalakshmi advised her brother to shift to Coimbatore for better treatment. Taras husband moved to Coimbatore in May and passed away in June, 2011. After Subbaramans death Tara found several of his cheque books and pass books missing. She accused her sister-in-law of stealing the, the CCB sleuths said. Tara said she immediately approached the banks and found that Rs 8 lakh was deposited and transferred to Varalakshmis account. Tara claims that Varalakshmi stole the cheque book from her house, utilised the signed blank cheque of her late husband, filled the cheque details and deposited it to her account.

Bangalore University: A varsity at war with itself

* A day after the unrest at the Central College campus of Bangalore University, involving ABVP activists, Vice-Chancellor Dr N. Prabhu Dev and his bete noir, university registrar Prof. B.C. Mylarappa got into a slanging match.

* Dr Prabhudev complained to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj accusing registrar Prof. B.C. Mylarappa of instigated the students. In his three-page complaint, Dr Prabhu Dev alleged that some syndicate members, along with Prof Mylarappa, had hatched conspiracy against him. The whole incident is a fallout of such a conspiracy. They wanted me to resign. They are using some students against me, he claimed.

* Not to be outdone, Prof Mylarappa met Higher education minister Dr V.S.Acharya on Tuesday evening at his residence. Sources said Prof Mylarappa handed over a letter listing 15 complaints against the V-C.

* Dr Prabhu Dev will meet minister Dr V.S. Acharya on Wednesday to discuss the various problems plaguing the university, including problems in the examination section.

* According to a senior professor close to Dr Prabhu Dev, the governor has assured all support to the V-C. He has promised that he will not allow any anti-social elements to take over the campus, the professor claimed.

Politics of power: BUs ground reality

Universities are expected to be citadels of learning, but Bangalore University (BU) has of late made news less for its research and academic achievements and more for the power struggles in its top echelons.

Vice chancellor (VC) Dr N. Prabhu Devs differences with his registrars and a few syndicate members have grabbed more headlines than is good for the reputation of a university that is expected to turn out individuals of excellence, capable of leading in all fields.

The ground reality is murky in the university, divided into factions so badly that its day-to-day administration and teaching are affected. Agitations and protests have become order of the day and the vice chancellor and higher education minister Dr V.S.Acharyas disagreements are only fuelling the confusion.

Not too long ago the V-Cs tug of war with registrars Prof. M.G.Krishnan and Prof. M.S. Talwar dominated the universitys affairs. Their exit did not end the fracas however.

Soon afterwards Prof. R.M.Ranganaths term as registrar ended abruptly amidst allegations of his involvement in irregularities in the building of the Kolar Post Graduate (PG) center. The appointment of Prof. B C Mylarappa as his successor on November 2 has given way to fresh drama as he reportedly has the backing of a few syndicate members lined up against Dr Prabhu Dev. While those in favour of the VC claim he is facing a backlash for introducing several reforms in the university, especially in the examination section, others accuse him of being autocratic and biased.

The first group however, blames the present problems in the university on some vested interests who are against reforms and are instigating unrest among students and employees.

Those who are against the VCs reforms have brought in Prof. B.C. Mylarappa as the new registrar. The syndicate members appointed by the state government are not allowing him to take any decision whatsoever, even in routine matters. The registrar is dancing to their tunes and instead of setting things right, Dr. Acharya too is giving Dr Prabhu Dev a hard time, alleges a senior faculty member.

But others accuse Dr Prabhu Dev of being casteist and autocratic. When the state government appointed Prof. Krishnan and Prof. Talwar as registrar and registrar (evaluation) respectively, Dr Prabhu Dev forced it to remove them within a few months. He is not a team player, that is the problem, claims a professor.

QandA with Dr N. Prabhu Dev, Vice Chancellor (VC) , Bangalore University

Who is causing the present unrest in the university?

A: Everybody knows who is instigating the students. That is why I have stopped visiting the Jnana Bharati campus.

Is it true that some syndicate members are behind the students agitation?

Yes. Everyone knows this. Some vested interests are out to remove me from the university. This is why you have all these anti- academic activities going on.

Why are you being targeted?

A: Some anti-social elements dont like the fact that we are going ahead with various examination reforms . In the past there were complaints about exam malpractices, marks cards scams, and bogus degree certificates being issued to students. But now we have been able to put an end to all this. This is not liked by the anti-social elements whose source of income has dried up as a result and so they want me out..

Was there any problem with last semesters exam results as suggested by some protesting students?

There are several lakh students studying in the university, but how come only a handful face such problems? I am not responsible for the poor performance of the students. There are absolutely no problems with the exam section.

Do such protests dampen your spirit?

No. I have already prepared a calendar of events and am going ahead with all my plans. Such incidents cant stop me from implementing developmental projects whether it is a Bangalore School of Economics or linking various research institutes.

Controversies dogging Bangalore University

Registrars shunted out

Soon after Prof.M.G.Krishnan and Prof. M.S. Talwar were appointed as registrar and registrar (evaluation) respectively in November 2009, it was alleged that vice chancellor Dr. N. Prabhudev tried to stop them from taking charge. They finally took over their duties in the absence of the VC, but within six months found themselves shunted out.

Kolar PG centre scam

A few syndicate members of the university led by Prof.K.V.Acharya complained to higher education minister Dr. V.S.Acharya that everything was not right in the construction of the Kolar PG center. Then registrar Prof. R.M.Ranganath found himself out of a job as a result.

Drama over new registrar

The state governments decision to appoint Prof. B.C. Mylarappa as the new registrar of the university in place of Prof.R M Ranganath brought its own share of drama. The vice chancellor was reportedly not happy with his choice but government nominated syndicate members who wanted him, won the day. Since Prof. Mylarappas appointment, the VC has reportedly stopped visiting the Jnana Bharati campus.

Hostel trouble

Responding to complaints that university hostels were being misused by those who were not students and had no business living in them, Dr. Prabhu Dev tried to crack the whip against them but came up against stiff resistance from students. Hundreds of students recently held a protest before the VCs office for several days demanding hostel facility for all applicants.

Affiliation of colleges

Two years ago, a syndicate member was trapped by the Lokayukta while accepting money from a college to recommend affiliation. The VCs decision to bring major changes in the affiliation system, including mandatory NAAC accreditation, has divided the university.

Division of the university

While an expert committee has recommended division of Bangalore University into three, Dr Prabhu Dev is vehemently opposed to it, leading to differences of opinion with higher education minister Dr V.S.Acharya.


Problem is with the style of functioning of the vice chancellor. He is not mingling with the university communities, teaching, non-teaching and students. Instead of introducing reforms with the help of existing staff and officials he has brought in outsiders to execute various responsibilities. And this forced students and faculty to approach these middlemen with their problems, triggering off the present discontent. The VC must take every stakeholder into confidence.

—Prof. M.S. Thimmappa, former VC, Bangalore University

Nobody is targeting the VC. Students are holding protests because their problems have not been solved. The whole administrative system is collapsing in the university. Let the VC go on long leave.

—Dr K.V.Acharya, Bangalore University, syndicate member

CM asks for report on BU controversies

Bangalore University (BU) is sinking deeper and deeper into a quagmire of controversies. On Friday
chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda said he had directed the principal secretary, higher education department to file a report on the various ongoing controversies in the university. This will be the third inquiry in the last three years. Speaking to reporters, the CM said he was aware of the developments and will take appropriate action against all erring officials in the university. All the universities of the state are given total autonomy. But we will not allow any type of disturbances in the institutes of higher education. In regard to Bangalore University, I have directed Latha Krishnarau, principal secretary, higher education department to give me a report. Disciplinary action will be initiated based on the findings of the report, he said. It may be recalled that on December 24 governor H R Bharadwaj ordered for judicial inquiry on the recent happenings in BU. Justice K.Shivashankar Bhat, retired Judge of HC, will conduct that inquiry and submit the report within six months.

Being approachable is the new cool

If you are a celebrity, it is no longer done to remain aloof and unapproachable, especially if you want to keep your fan following. Stars these days fall over themselves trying to portray an accessible face, as normal is the new cool.

When UKs Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton visited a homeless centre in London, the prince took the spirit of Christmas quite literally, doing a swag dance, complete with a hip hop routine that brought smiles on many faces. The routine had Kate giggling and the inmates swooning as William asked a resident whether the suit he wore for the wedding looked dapper.

Back home in India, Abhishek Bachchan is also doing his bit to relate to the aam janta. He recently tweeted, Its been a very long day. Started at 7 am by visiting one of my old schools in Mumbai (Jamnabai Narsee) as chief guest for their sports day... Abhishek also visited Dilkhush School for the specially-abled in Juhu and the children were thrilled to meet their star up close and personal.

Actress Sonam Kapoor has a massive fan following and she does not mind meeting them. Social networks are the reason we are closer to fans. Personal interactions with fans are also always welcome. I love it, revel in it and like the fact that so many people adore us. They are the reason we are so loved, she says.

Todays fans want to be able to touch their idols and no one knows that better than Shah Rukh Khan. King Khan always makes it a point to be friendly with his fans; a hug here and a kiss there and the fans have stories to tell their grandchildren. Actor Johnny Depp was reported as the dream Christmas dinner guest by more than 1,000 movie fans in a recent poll, proving that being approachable works.

Director Kunal Kohli agrees, Fans like to see their stars being warm towards them. It adds to a stars persona too. Its nice to see stars like Sachin being open about his family…, people relate to that. It is important to connect. With Twitter, it has become so much easier. I myself speak to my fans and dont block the offending ones coz its nice to know the impact you and your work has on people.

Recently, Bipasha Basu had a fan begging to meet her (on Twitter). The actor replied, Send your no. and my relationship manager Anushree will call you. Hope to see you! Love! Approachable is inevitable and positive, says sociologist Prof. R. Rajesh of Bangalore University. In any field, be it sports, acting, arts or politics, a celebrity needs to be accessible. If they dont reach the common man, they will stand to lose. That is why there are so many contests about meeting stars.

Toppers? Sorry, no PhD

Students who have qualified in the Ph.D. entrance exams are finding it difficult to get registered for the course because of a spat between university officials on a new ordinance. Two students who got the first and second ranks in the Ph.D. entrance exam (Economics) conducted by Bangalore University (BU) have not been able to register for the Ph.D. programme because there is no one to guide them in the Economics faculty.

A woman candidate who secured the first rank under the reservation category in the provisional list published by the MBA department also cant register for the Ph.D. because she cant get a guide. Three project fellows working in the internationally recognised P. Vishnu Kamath Lab of Central College have failed to get Ph.D. registration because the university has delayed in issuing an appointment letter.

Complaints like these have flooded the office of the Bangalore University (BU) registrar (evaluation) office after the recently concluded Ph.D. admission counselling. Two years ago, when Bangalore University came out with the Ph.D. ordinance, it was seen as a model. But technical glitches in the rules and noncooperation by the faculty have ensured that even meritorious students, who have secured top ranks in the entrance exams, have not been able to enrol themselves.

Speaking to this newspaper on the condition of anonymity, a student said that the ongoing Ph.D. admission process is an example of how even after reforms some vested interests are influencing the whole Ph.D. admission process at BU.

To put an end to the nepotism, the University had decided to hold counselling and allot guides based on the vacancies available and ranking of students. But now lecturers themselves are rejecting the students. On the other hand, the few guides who are well known internationally were not allowed to fill the vacancies. Because of the poor rapport between the registrar and vice chancellor, students are finding it tough to get a solution for their problems. As they are economically weak no one can approach the court also, he said.

Speaking to this newspaper, Prof. K.V.Acharya, BU syndicate member said this is a classic example of misrule in the university. If the VC had consulted with the entire faculty before bringing in the Ph.D. ordinance everybody would have joined hands with him. Now research students are paying the price for the autocratic mind-set of the VC, he said.

Ph.D. admission process was initiated long back. But unfortunately it is marred by a number of controversies. I hope at least now the concerned will wake up and solve the problems of the students, he added.

BU lands in Ph.D admission muddle

The ongoing Ph.D admission process at the Bangalore University (BU) is now in the news for all the wrong reasons. Students who had applied for Ph.D registration in the Botany department of the university alleged that university officials are trying to get in five ineligible candidates by furnishing wrong information and floating a Ph.D ordinance.

According to the students, five candidates who are presently working in the department under the Basic Scientific Research (BSR) scheme were shortlisted for Ph.D admission under the non-entrance category, though they do not fulfil any of the eligibility criteria fixed under this category. Under pressure from some vested interests, university registrar (evaluation) Prof. T R Subramanya has shortlisted their names for admission, they alleged.

Speaking to this newspaper, a Ph.D aspirant said as per the Ph.D ordinance of the university, only those who are working under funded projects are eligible to get admission under the non-entrance category. Even though the UGC has made it clear that the BSR scheme is not a funded project, university officials are trying to get in BSR students by furnishing wrong information.

According to UGC guidelines, only those who are pursuing Ph.D studies are eligible for the BSR scheme. But in 2011, department faculty Prof. S.R. Ambika selected these five non-Ph.D candidates for financial support under the project, violating the guidelines. It was a clear case of flouting the rules. Now again, by showing that the BSR is a funded project, she is trying to register these five candidates with the help of university officials, he added.

On Monday, department faculty raised objections to this. But now, the university has directed department officials to admit them before Friday, he added.

Meanwhile, department professor Prof. D.Anasuya has written a letter to the registrar (evaluation) explaining the situation.

Wanted: A clean varsity in Karnataka, please

For the first time in recent years, all state universities are facing one or the other charge, either related to corruption or students problems.

Vice chancellors and registrars of most universities are having to fend off a number of accusations too.

There are complaints that universities are making false claims on academic achievements, and research and development , that they are indulging in financial misappropriation, exam malpractice and and sanctioning affiliation to colleges on false grounds.

But except for ordering the ever convenient inquiry, the state government seems to be doing little to make the universities corruption- free. The rot has gone so deep that experts are now clamouring for major changes in the state university act to ensure more transparency in their administration.

Says an officer of the higher education department, Almost all universities are facing one or the other allegation, but after the enactment of the Karnataka State Universities Act (KSUA) 2000 no action has been taken against any of them though there are tens of inquiry reports.

The charges against them range from misuse of university grant in aid, to sale of seats to the highest bidder, corruption in granting affiliation to colleges and in the exam section and sale of degrees. But the government is silent, saying the universities are autonomous.

Prof. K.V.Acharya, syndicate member of Bangalore University, blames the law governing the universities for the present malaise.

While forming the law, all power was given to the VCs under pressure from academicians and student organisations. The state government can only send reports against the VCs to the governor and he is sitting on all the files forwarded by it. This is the problem, he says.

Universities and controversies

Bangalore University

* University affairs are hampered by tussle between Vice Chancellor, Dr.N. Prabhudev and registrar, Prof. B.C.Mylarappa. The Governor has ordered a judicial inquiry following students protests.

* A committee is looking into allegations of rampant corruption in the construction of the Kolar Post Graduate center.

* The appointment of retired officials sparked off protests, but the V-C did not backtrack. The government has remained a silent onlooker.

Mysore University

* Professor Shivabasavaiah of the department of zoology has been charged with sexual harassment by his PhD

* A former Vice Chancellor, prof. J.Shashidhara Prasad, has been accused of massive corruption in making appointments to the university but has faced no action

Womens University, Bijapur

* Former Vice Chancellor, Prof. Saida Akhtar, is facing several charges ,including corruption in recruitment and misuse of the development fund. But has escaped action as she has left the country
Mangalore University

* The suicide of a PhD student Sujatha, who was allegedly sexually harassed, has led to the arrests of a few faculty by the Mangalore city police , but no disciplinary action has been taken against them by the university.

Davangere University

* The higher education department has sought a report on alleged recruitment of retired officials by Davangere University Vice Chancellor S.Indumathi.

* Registrar P.K Gowda was shunted out as the tussle between him and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Indumathi over various decisions she took, worsened

They speak

* There is no meaning in saying that universities are autonomous in all respects. Actually they only enjoy academic autonomy which includes conducting examinations and drawing up the syllabus. The government and other stakeholders have financial control over them – B.R Ananthan, V-C, Kittur Rani Chennamma University, Belgaum

* Although the Governor and the government are empowered to act against universities, no one is unfortunately, punished for their misdeeds. But give us one week and we will hold state- wide agitations against the corruption in higher educational institutions – Ravi Kumar, South West Organising Secretary, ABVP

* Tens of inquiry reports are pending against various officials, faculty and stakeholders in Bangalore University alone . No one wants a clean administration. But the universities must be made accountable to the state government – An officer of higher education department

We need to strengthen the V-C selection procedure

Dr. A.M. Narahari, member, KSUA 2000 review committee

Under the Karnataka State Universities Act the vice chancellor is the highest authority of a university and only the Governor can take action against him either suo motu or based on the recommendation of the state government. But generally the vice chancellors are left alone as their tenure is only for four years.

It is when their behaviour becomes intolerable that the government decides to act against them. When it comes to corruption or irregularities within a university, the vice chancellor is empowered to take action and he can request the other stakeholders to suggest what it should be. If universities have internal problems, the VCs must act immediately to solve them.

But the need of the hour is strengthening the whole VC selection procedure. If a selection panel suggests suitable names for the VCs post, the problems can be done away with. Also the syndicates and academic councils of the universities must be strengthened.

But this cant be done at present as they are full of nominated members, who are drawn from the ruling party, organisations or close associates of the vice chancellors. You cant expect much from them.

The government should instead make them elected bodies so that independent members can make the affairs of the universities more transparent.

Although a review committee did make this suggestion, the government has not acted on it till date.

Jindal cancels BSE funding

The Jindal group has decided to withdraw its funding from the proposed Bengaluru School of Economics (BSE), under the Bengaluru University. Earlier group had announced Rs 100 crore for this ambitious project, a brain child of BU vice-chancellor N. Prabhudev. In a statement released to the media, B.D. Garg, executive director of Jindal Aluminium Limited (JAL), said the firm was hurt and shocked by the accusations made by some about the `100 crore, which the firm had agreed to in good faith, to donate to establish a Bangalore School of Economics.

One member has called it an investment of the company, yet another suspected it as a land sale, without, of course, identifying the piece of land under sale, Mr Garg stated. It is for all concerned and also for all Bengalureans to finally understand that Jindal Aluminium Limited had made an offer of a donation of Rs 100 crore to the management of Bangalore University through its VC towards establishment of a Bangalore School of Economics, preferably in the model of London School of Economics, without any pre-condition from the company about the ownership of land or interfering in day to day administration of Bangalore School of Economics, he added.

He also made it clear that the ownership of the land upon which the school of economics would have been built, as well as the day-to-day management of the proposed school were going to be solely with the university, and the company wished no role whatsoever in its operation or management, Mr Garg said. According to him, the company was only fulfilling its social responsibility in creating a societal asset for all students of the country. Now that our companys name has been rudely sullied, subjected to such low politics, and buy controversy at a cost of Rs 100 crore any further and with deep anguish and hurt, we hereby withdraw our offer of the said donation of Rs 100 crores, he stated.

80% fail BUs PhD entrance test

Just after the storm broke out over the Bangalore University (BU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr N. Prabhudevs proposal of setting up a world class Economics school, which is being strongly opposed by others in the university as well as at government level, the university is facing another problem —acute shortage of candidates for its existing Ph.D. programmes.

The university has 631 Ph.D. seats this academic year and more than half the seats are unfilled because there are not enough qualified candidates. The varsity conducted the first-ever Bangalore Unive-rsity Ph. D. Entrance Test in December 2011. Only 19 per cent, or 317 candidates of the 1,591 who appeared for the exam, could get through. This means out of 631 seats, 314 Ph.D. vacancies will go unfilled. The university is now mulling the option of conducting another entrance test in the hope that more students will get through.

According to university sources, this is the first time that BU has held the Ph.D. admission process under the new guidelines where an entrance test is mandatory, and OMR answer scripts were used. Students were also not allowed to pick their own guides, and instead it was decided to distribute the guides based on the performance in the entrance test through counselling.

Students have attributed the poor passing percentage to the unscientific examination pattern adopted by the university, but a senior faculty member told this newspaper that the results rightly pointed to the academic standards of the university. The exam was very easy, but most of the students attended the exam without any preparation. But as the OMR sheet was used for the exam, no one was able to help their pet candidates, the faculty member said.

School of economics to charge hefty fee

The Bangalore School of Economics (BSE) that is in the pipeline, will offer a four year BS (economics) course to begin with and a two year MS (economics) course a year later. The fee could be as high as Rs 1.3 lakh a year for the BS (economics) course and Rs 1 lakh for the MS (economics) course.

The steep fee has been suggested by a six member study group that has estimated it will take Rs 162 crore to build the institute in the the next five years. The academic building which will be developed in three phases on 50 acres of land provided by the Bangalore University (BU) is expected to cost Rs 131.48 crore to complete, leaving the institute with a revenue deficit of Rs 10 crore for the first five years. The study group has therefore suggested the university fix a higher fee both for the BS (economics) and MS (economics) courses to to bridge the deficit. It has also recommended a target class size of 100 with two sections for the BS course to begin with and eventually raising the strength to 1,000 students across the four years.

Jindal ignores BU efforts on BSE

The efforts by Bangalore University (BU) registrar Prof. B C Mylarappa and a few syndicate members to revive the ambitious Rs 162 crore Bangalore School of Economics (BSE) havee met with little success as Jindal group chairman Sitaram Jindal has refused to give them an appointment to discuss the project, according to sources.

Upset by the controversy created over the establishment of the school in the university, the Jindal group withdrew its offer of donating Rs. 100 crores to help the BU set it up on January 16. Its announcement however triggered panic in the university and Prof Mylarappa and a section of syndicate members decided to meet Mr. Sitaram Jindal to persuade him to change his mind.

But till Thursday, the registrar and 14 syndicate and academic council members have not been able to get an appointment with Mr. Jindal. This means the BSE is a closed chapter as far as the university is concerned as it does not have the money to go ahead with the project on its own, said a senior officer of the university.

Vice Chancellor Dr N.Prabhudev, who had pushed hard for the project ,too has now washed his hands of it following the objections raised by members of the syndicate , according to him.

When contacted Mr Krishna, a BU syndicate member, said he was optimistic about getting an appointment with Mr. Jindal. We have written to Mr. Jindal seeking an appointment and have spoken to his officers as well. But we have not received a response as yet, he said.

Bangalore School of Economics a closed chapter:

Bangalore University (BU) VC Dr.N. Prabhu Dev categorically said Bangalore School of Economics (BSE) under Bangalore University is a closed chapter.

But some syndicate members are keen to revive the project. A section of syndicate and academic council members have decided to meet Jindal group chairman Sitaram Jindal and convince him to continue Jindal foundations support for BSE.

They also urged the state government to come out with guidelines for taking up PPP projects in the universities to avoid such confusions in future.

BU VC Dr.N.Prabhu Dev made it clear that he will not work towards reviving the project. He also took a dig the syndicate and academic council members who are planning to meet Mr. Jindal.

I wish the section of syndicate and academic council all the best in their effort to revive the project. I dont know the stand they are taking now about the land allotment. I request Mr. Sitaram Jindal to get the matter clarified so that the issue may not come up later.

I also request Mr. Jindal to identify an able, intelligent person with passion amongst this group, which includes the new registrar, to facilitate smooth revival of the project. It appears that this group wants a glorified department of economics rather than a School of Economics which is an autonomous institute of excellence. It is for Mr.Jindal to decide, he said.

He also refuted the allegations that he took unilateral decisions on setting up BSE which led to a tussle between various stake holders of the university.

Meanwhile 13 syndicate and academic council members who met at central college on Friday said, Syndicate and academic council members recognise the significance of the involvement of Jindal group in this project. Syndicate is of the opinion that the foundation should actively participate in preparing the feasibility report of the project.

BU V-C under fresh attack

Bangalore University (BU) vice chancellor, Dr N. Prabhudev, is being accused by his detractors of costing the university about Rs 50 crore in grants a year because he failed to impress the University Grants Commission (UGC) with his presentation for being counted among the Universities with Potential for Excellence. While the UGC had shortlisted three universities from the state under the Universities with Potential for Excellence scheme, it has now selected only Mysore and Dharwad universities for financial support allegedly because Dr Prabhudevs presentation scored lowest among the 10 universities of the country competing for it.

Of the universities asked to come out with proposals for financial support under the scheme, six were shortlisted. Selection was made based on the scores obtained by the universities for data provided by them in the application, scores awarded by the Expert Evaluation Committee (EEC) after a visit to their campuses and scores awarded by the standing committee for presentation made by the VCs concerned.

Documents show that BU scored third highest for the data provided by it in the application given , but did not do as well after the EEC s campus visit. Its final score was poor as Dr. Prabhudevs presentation too secured the lowest marks among the presentations made by the 10 vice chancellors Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, syndicate member Prof. K. V.Acharya urged the VC to come out with an explanation. He is accusing syndicate members of stalling a Rs 100 crore project.. Now who is responsible for this poor presentation which has cost the university financial support from the UGC? he demanded.

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Bangalore University (BU) vice chancellor, Dr N. Prabhudev, is being accused by his detractors of costing the university about Rs 50 crore in grants a year because he failed to impress the University Grants Commission (UGC) with his presentation for being counted among the Universities with Potential for Excellence. While the UGC had shortlisted three universities from the state under the Universities with Potential for Excellence scheme, it has now selected only Mysore and Dharwad universities for financial support allegedly because Dr Prabhudevs presentation scored lowest among the 10 universities of the country competing for it.

Of the universities asked to come out with proposals for financial support under the scheme, six were shortlisted. Selection was made based on the scores obtained by the universities for data provided by them in the application, scores awarded by the Expert Evaluation Committee (EEC) after a visit to their campuses and scores awarded by the standing committee for presentation made by the VCs concerned.

Documents show that BU scored third highest for the data provided by it in the application given , but did not do as well after the EEC s campus visit. Its final score was poor as Dr. Prabhudevs presentation too secured the lowest marks among the presentations made by the 10 vice chancellors Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, syndicate member Prof. K. V.Acharya urged the VC to come out with an explanation. He is accusing syndicate members of stalling a Rs 100 crore project.. Now who is responsible for this poor presentation which has cost the university financial support from the UGC? he demanded.

BU professor accused of forging NET certificate

Yet another controversy has surfaced in Bangalore University (BU). This time it concerns the appointment of a professor in the electronic media department, who is being accused of producing a fake National Eligibility Test (NET) certificate to get the plum post. Mr Sripathy Tirupathy , who was appointed assistant professor in the department of electronic media in 2008, claimed to have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) in communication in 1999 and also produced several experience certificates, including that of a stint as a guest lecturer in BUs own electronic media department , to back his application for the post.

The BU experience certificate was reportedly issued by then coordinator of the electronic media department, Prof. N.S. Ashok Kumar and detailed Mr Tirupathys stint as guest faculty between 2002 and 2008 when he is said to have taught subjects like theory, demonstration and studio practicals related to television production, news production and so on. While Mr Tirupathy claims to have cleared the NET in December 1999 in communication, it is alleged the University Grants Commission (UGC) website does not carry his name and roll number for that year. When contacted, Mr Tirupathy denied the allegations. I have cleared the NET and have all the experience to become an assistant professor, he said.

Will BU be split into six varsities?

The Bangalore University which administers nearly 650 colleges under its jurisdiction, will have to be split into at least six different universities if the recommendations of a University Grants Commission-constituted committee are anything to go by. The 12-member committee has recommended that the UGC should not allow any university to run more than 100 affiliated colleges. If the UGC accepts the report, then BU will have to be split.

The committee, whose report is in the public domain now, has said, Based on the overall national-level consensus of all sections of stakeholders of higher education, it is recommended that the maximum number of colleges to be affiliated to any university should be limited to 100. The committee has suggested that the UGC should consider dividing the existing universities with a large number of affiliated colleges into smaller universities. These universities shall be divided into non-affiliating multidisciplinary universities and exclusive affiliating universities with a limited number of colleges under them, it states.

As of now, the government has given up the idea of trifurcation of BU and is thinking of forming a new university in Bangalore Rural district. An officer of the higher education department said, If the UGC implements the recommendations, the state will have a 20 universities.s

Jamal is here to stay, says VC

BANGALORE: After a brief lull over the ongoing controversy over the appointment and continuation of Special Officer (Exams) Syed Jamal, Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev has come on-the-record to say that Jamal is here to stay.

Speaking to Express, Prabhu Dev said, There is misinformation that the Syndicate appointed him (Jamal) only for a year. The Syndicate unanimously approved his appointment, and I have been appointing him every year. The universitys examination system was in shambles before. Jamal is 90 percent responsible for the improvement that we have seen.
He said that section 15 of the Karnataka State Universities (KSU) Act, 2000, stated, The VC shall be the principal executive and academic officer of the university and shall exercise general control over the affairs of the university. He shall exercise all powers necessary for maintenance of discipline in the university.

Laying to rest the rumours that there was a race for authoritative superiority between him and Registrar (Administration) BC Mylarappa, he said, Please see section 17 of the KSU Act. The Registrar is only a custodian of records in the university. The Registrar can make appointments only on the directions of the VC. There is no question on who is superior.
Meanwhile, Registrar (Administration) BC Mylarappa said that he was the implementing authority in the univeristy for all teaching and non-teaching staff.

In the case of Jamal, I have only acted according to the rules. Let the Syndicate decree that Jamal can stay on or that I was wrong in issuing a relieving order, I will resign immediately, he said.

I am not a subordinate to anybody. I will bow down only to the Syndicate and KSU Act, which governs even the VC, he added.
Seven members of the syndicate have written to Governor and Chancellor H R Bhardwaj and the Chief Minister highlighting the irregularities in the university, including the issues of Jamal and Additional Legal Advisor.

Protest on Jnanabharathi campus

BANGALORE: The members of the Bangalore University Non-Teaching Staff Association staged a protest on Jnanabharathi campus on Monday and submitted a list of demands to Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev.

The demands include basic amenities at Jnanabharathi and Central College campuses, improvement of administrative buildings, provision of health insurance for employees and filling up of vacant posts, promotions.

There has been a tendency to simply outsource basic functions, ignoring the hundreds of administrative staff who work here, said vice-president of the association and Deputy Registrar of the university Shivanna.

Ever since the VC took over, many university projects have been outsourced and the needs of regular employees like us have been constantly ignored, he alleged.Some of these works have been approved only on paper issues such as promotions and suspension of a few employees, who are responsible for outsourcing of activities, particularly exam-related work is still pending, said Shivanna.

The Bangalore University Teachers Council also joined� the protest. The president of the council Munirajappa urged the authorities to look into the pending UVCE promotions and UGC wages.Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor Prabhu Dev shot off a letter calling the strike not justified.

The strike call given by the association is not justified as I have addressed almost all the genuine demands within the ambit of relevant rules, regulations and statues of the university, he stated.He said he had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Syndicate member Dr Manasa Nagabhushanam to resolve all the demands on April 28.
As far as the demands of the teachers council are concerned, I have constituted another committee. As nothing was heard from the committees, I have personally addressed most of the concerns, he stated.

The employees said that the protest would resume again from Wednesday.

BU staff continue agitation

Employees of the Bangalore University continued their agitation for the second day on Wednesday.

The employees said their agitation will continue till Vice-Chancellor Prabhu Dev agrees to meet the employees at the Jnanabharathi campus to redress their grievances.

Many more employees joined their colleagues in the protest and classes were suspended. Prof Munirajappa, president of the Bangalore University Teachers Council (BUTC), said classes will not be held till the agitation is over.

Earlier, the agitating staff had decided not to disrupt essential services.

But since the vice-chancellor did not visit the Jnanabharathi campus even on Wednesday, they have now roped in university drivers and others responsible for essential services.

A few professors expressed concern that they would not be able to complete the syllabus and do justice to students. The non-teaching staff said that in a communication to them on Wednesday, the vice-chancellor said their problems would be discussed in the Syndicate meeting scheduled for May 7 and asked them to withdraw the agitation.

However, the employees said they would continue the protest till the Syndicate meeting.The Syndicate members said they were not aware of any meeting scheduled for May 7.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, C K Jagadish, a member said: Nothing has been communicated to the Syndicate members so far.

Vice-Chancellor takes tough stance on strike

Bangalore University (BU) Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev has taken a tough stance to the ongoing strike called by the Bangalore University Non-Teaching Staff Association, which entered the third day on Thursday.

After the striking members ignored his call for talks, in a letter addressed to the presidents of Non-Teaching Staff and SC-ST Non-teaching Staff Associations, Dr. Prabhu Dev said: I had appealed to all of you to come to Central College campus to settle the issues… but you have not. I have suo motu considered all your demands. I do not see any justification to continue this strike.

Inconvenience He said the strikers cannot set terms on issues not within their domain and that they were putting students and others to inconvenience.

BU staff take tough stand against VC, registrar

On Monday, the Bangalore University Non-teaching Staff Association along with the Bangalore University Teachers Council (BUTC) went on a protest and boycotted work demanding that officials address their long-pending demands.

The concerns of the employees have fallen on deaf ears due to the constant bickering between Registrar B C Mylarappa and Vice-Chancellor N Prabhu Dev, they alleged. The registrar and the V-C must deliver. Else, let them be removed from their posts, demanded R Rangadhama, Secretary, Bangalore University Non-teaching Staff Association.

Echoing a similar view, Munirajappa, president of BUTC, said the governor, who is the chancellor of the university, has to immediately intervene. We are not in a position to take either of their sides. All we want is for them to resolve our problems, he said and added that in his three decade-long service, this was the first time the staff had to witness top officials in the university at loggerheads. A few other members told Deccan Herald that they were pressured against voicing their concerns, fearing repercussions.

The only hope we have is to speak through our association leaders. The educational institution has turned into a political arena where we fear to speak our minds, an employee added. One of the demands of the non-teaching staff is for the registrar and the vice-chancellor to work from the Jnanabharathi campus as 90 per cent of the universitys work takes place there.

Also, the members said the university must stop outsourcing work and appointing employees for non-teaching posts. In case a teacher is appointed for a non-teaching post, he must draw a salary prescribed under the section and nothing more.

They sought a representative from the non-teaching section in the Administration Council of the university.

Their other demands included basic facilities such as drinking water and toilets in the administrative block; upgrading the Bangalore University Press; filling vacant mechanic and inspector posts in UVCE and providing additional work space for the university examination section.

V-Cs letter

When the protest began Monday morning, the association received a letter from Prabhu Dev asking them to meet him in his office at the Central College campus at 11.30 am. The protesters, who complained that the letter was sent at the eleventh hour, shot back a reply to the V-C saying he should interact with them at the Jnanabharathi campus.

Felicitation postponed

Amid the chaos, a felicitation programme organised for 10 employees who retired on Monday was forced to be rescheduled to Thursday.

The retired employees were informed of a sudden change in the venue of the programme. Again, the blame was placed on the V-C by the striking employees, who alleged that it was a deliberate tactic by the V-C who was supposed to preside over the function and did not want to come to Jnanabharathi and confront the employees.

The employees will resume their protest on Wednesday. Though a few of the classes were suspended on Monday, Munirajappa promised that classes will not be suspended again since the exams were approaching soon.

Bickering in BU affecting students

BANGALORE: The image of the Bangalore University has taken a beating in the last six months with top officials of the university busy washing dirty linen in public. Amidst all this, students on Jnanbharathi campus, the epicentre of all controversies, are apprehensive that the deteriorating image of the university will affect their employment opportunities .
Express visited Jnanabharathi campus (JBC) to speak to students and gathered their views.
A majority of students are irked over the bad name that the university is receiving of late.
I am doing my internship as a part of my final year requirement. I am the only student from BU and I have my colleagues talking ill about the university. I am scared that this will eventually affect my employment potential, said a final year MCA student, who did not wish to be named.
This student is among many PG students�� who have been following the administrative crisis at the university. She opined, The officials have to cooperate with each other. There has to be some communication. I do not see a reason why the Vice-Chancellor should not visit JBC. In his absence,it is obvious that the attitude of the officials will be lethargic.
Students are weary that they are losing competitive edge to students of other universities like Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU). We have several problems, such as arrears in results, shortage of full time qualified faculty and lack of infrastructure, said Prashanth, another final year PG student.
There is one thing we would like to tell the VC. Please change our syllabus to make it more relevant and competitive, said another student. The student added, The employers are bothered about BU standards. The ongoing problems are not helping, as it only reinforces the doubts people have about BU.
Former BU VC Dr M S Thimmappa concurred� that the ongoing crisis� would affect the academic functioning.

BU special syndicate meeting on Monday

BANGALORE: A special meeting of Bangalore University s Syndicate will be held on the Central College premises on Monday. Sources said the meeting is expected to be action-packed .

The ongoing controversy over the appointment and continuation of Special Officer (Exams) Syed Jamal, Additional Legal Advisor G R Gurumath and Enquiry and Vigilance Officer S Ramakrishna is likely to find a solution in the meeting.
Sources said that members will urge the BU Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev to oust the three officials.
If the VC does not budge, then the Syndicate members will court a house arrest, not allowing anyone, including the VC, to leave, sources said.

Jamal has overstayed, while Gurumath and Ramakrishna are illegally reaping salary benefits for posts that do not even exist in the university, a Syndicate member said.

Members are likely to discuss the issues on pending demands of the Bangalore University Teachers Council and Non-Teaching Staff Association, promotions for junior-level staff at University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) and finalisation of the Kolar PG Centre.

It was earlier decided to issue the work orders at higher rates. All the modalities of works pending at Kolar PG centre will be finalised. Also, there are many staff members who have not received promotions for the 30 years at UVCE, said a Syndicate member.

Odia girl tops MCA in Bangalore University

ROURKELA: City girl Suchismita Swain topped Masters in Computer Application (MCA) of Bangalore University by bagging two gold medals.

Employed with International Market Research Bureau as an executive in Bengaluru, she secured 3,750 marks out of 4,500 (84 per cent) to emerge topper.

Her father SC Swain, a senior operator at the Cold Rolling Mill of Rourkela Steel Plant, and mother Sandhyarani, housewife, have expressed happiness at the feat of their daughter.

BU Syndicate meet ends in stalemate

The Bangalore University Syndicate meet, which was expected to discuss many pressing issues, ended in a stalemate on Monday.

Members raised a din at the meeting when Vice Chancellor Prabhu Dev refused to discuss removal of Special Officer Syed Jamal, quoting protocol. After heated arguments, it was decided that another meeting would be held on May 17 to discuss the issues omitted from the agenda.

Speaking to the media, Prabhu Dev said he could not take up the issues as the members did not follow the protocol. Jamal was appointed unanimously with the approval of the Syndicate members. Now, if the members want to discuss his removal, they have to give a prior notice to the Vice Chancellor elaborating the reasons.

There was chaos in the meeting. The members even went to the extent of physically attacking the registrar (evaluation), Prabhu Dev added. He said the non-teaching staff had no locus standi to discuss the removal of the special officer. These problems have been arising only in the past six months. They are being raked up with vested interests of a few, he alleged.

The Vice-Chancellor refuted the allegations of Registrar Mylarappa that the VC has appointed a public relations officer of his choice for the university. The PRO has been deputed by the State government for one year, the VC said and denied that he had any role in it. He felt that the meeting time could have been used for discussing pressing issues of toilets and other basic amenities.

On the other hand, Mylarappa alleged that the high-handedness of the V-C led to the stalemate. Even if Jamal was appointed with the approval of the Syndicate members, there is no rule that the issue should not be discussed again after the audit report highlighted irregularities, he said.

Only a few days ago, the non-teaching staff of the university had called off their strike after they were assured by the registrar that their problems would be discussed in the Syndicate meeting. While the registrar says he did so as per the assurance by the Vice Chancellor, Prabhu Dev denied making any such promise.

There were 31 issues listed to be discussed in the meeting and the only issue that was discussed was of the controversial Kolar PG centre. The non-teaching staff have now decided to call a meeting on Tuesday to discuss their unresolved issues

Bangalore University: Tussle between V-C and Syndicate members continues

The altercation between Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Dr. N. Prabhudev and Syndicate members continued after the V-C alleged that Syndicate members threw water bottles at him and University Registrar (Evaluation) T.R. Subramanya at the Syndicate meeting.

However, these allegations were denied by the syndicate members who said that Dr Prabhudev is misleading the public.

The Vice Chancellor also claimed that the Registrar Prof. B.C. Mylarappa has threatened him that he will soon file a case. He also asserted that he choose new members based on their seniority and not because of any favouritism.

He also clarified that the appointment of the Ramakrishna commission was legal. The syndicate members have asked the government to intervene immediately to resolve the issue.

Another meeting of the Syndicate will take place on May 17 to discuss various issues including the controversial Kolar PG centre.

Act against Bangalore University Registrar

BANGALORE: Karnataka Rajya Raita Shakti and the family members of Asha G, a final-year law student from Tumkur who allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison on the Central College campus last week, have demanded the suspension of Bangalore University Registrar (Evaluation) T R Subramanya for his harsh behaviour with the victim.

Asha, who being treated at a private hospital, is said to be still in a critical condition. Her husband Govindraj has said that the whole family will commit suicide on the campus, if justice is not done. I am not threatening, but the family is depending on her for survival and we are helpless now, he told in a press conference today.

Asha had come to the administrative office on the campus to pay the examination fee. The Ulsoor Gate Police are investigating� the case.

VC speaks
Meanwhile, Sumbramanya denied to comment on the issue. However, VC Dr N Prabhu Dev said, According to Subramanyas earlier statement, the victim did not meet him at all. We will allow the student to attend the exam, he assured.

Meetings a waste of time and money

The frequent squabbling between syndicate members of Bangalore University has not just cost the varsity precious time, but also money. The university has recorded an overall wastage of Rs1,60,000 over the four syndicate meetings that were forced to be adjourned in the last six months due to the ongoing fight betweenvice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev and registrar BC Mylarappa.

The varsity saw its syndicate meeting on Monday being adjourned due to the same reason, which speaks volumes about how the varsity is wasting resources, in stead of creating a platform for healthy discussions.

The syndicate has 17 members —two nominees by the governor who is the chancellor of the university, six nominated by the state government, four principals from colleges affiliated to the university, two university professors, the registrar (administration) and registrar (evaluation). Of these, except for the V-C and the two registrars, the rest are paid sitting fees of Rs1,500 per member.

An official from the accounts department submits a request before each meeting and we approve the amount through a proper channel, said Ranga Swamy, finance officer, BU.

As per the information available with varsitys finance department, it spends at least Rs40,000 per syndicate meeting, which includes sitting fees, the allowances and the lunch, snacks and refreshments for the members.

We are indeed ashamed to talk about the way we are conducting these meetings, said a senior professor of BU and a syndicate member.

Therere some members who mark their presence in the meetings just to create conflicts, which in turn lead to adjournments, he said.

Another syndicate member said: As per my observations, the university is spending unnecessarily on syndicate meetings. The university must take a decision about withholding sitting fees (or honoraria) for members who create such problems.

Interestingly, the honorarium for the members was recently revised to Rs1,850. The proposal for the revision of sitting fees was pending before the university for three years; so we revised it, said Swamy.

Bangalore University: Tussle between V-C and Syndicate members continues

The altercation between Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Dr. N. Prabhudev and Syndicate members continued after the V-C alleged that Syndicate members threw water bottles at him and University Registrar (Evaluation) T.R. Subramanya at the Syndicate meeting.

However, these allegations were denied by the syndicate members who said that Dr Prabhudev is misleading the public.

The Vice Chancellor also claimed that the Registrar Prof. B.C. Mylarappa has threatened him that he will soon file a case. He also asserted that he choose new members based on their seniority and not because of any favouritism.

He also clarified that the appointment of the Ramakrishna commission was legal. The syndicate members have asked the government to intervene immediately to resolve the issue.

Another meeting of the Syndicate will take place on May 17 to discuss various issues including the controversial Kolar PG centre.

No good news from Bangalore University

Bangalore University has withdrawn the Ph.D degree awarded to M Venkataramanappa, a researcher. The decision was taken at an academic council meeting on Wednesday, following a High Court directive.

M Venkataramanappa had registered for Ph.D under Sociology professor BC Mylarappa (who is currently the registrar). Following media reports that Venkataramanappas Ph.D thesis was plagiarised, BU asked Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)s opinion and ISEC confirmed the thesis was plagiarised.

However, a committee constituted by the syndicate said there was no plagiarism. After a council member challenged the committees decision, the chancellor formed another committee which reinforced ISECs opinion. The committees ecommendation was challenged by Venkataramanappa in the court which ordered the state government to withdraw the degree.

Venkataramanappa approached the High Court against the order but HC upheld the lower courts decision.
Mylarappa said, I am not concerned about plagiarism. I am ready to obey the courts order.

Bangalore University imbroglio: Varsity departments join hands against VC

BANGALORE: The anti-VC groups from all sections in Bangalore University have taken fight against vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev to a new level. The groups - from syndicate, academic council, teaching and non-teaching staff and students - have formed a Joint Action Committee with an aim to dethrone Prabhu Dev from the post.

The groups, each of them having their own set of grievances, have till now been fighting against him in individual groups. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the committee members said they have submitted a memorandum to the chief minister and governor to replace him.

Pressure on BU Vice-Chancellor to quit

The disgruntled elements have formed a Joint Action Committee and threatened to go on a protest on June 12 if the V-C refuses to call it quits.

Prabhu Dev, however, has stuck to his guns, saying that the displeased members of the staff are to block academic reforms. C K Jagadish Prasad, a Syndicate member, said that the matter was pending before the Governor, H R Bhardwaj, who is the Chancellor of the university.

We have asked him to look into the matter. We want a reply before June 12, Prasad told here on Saturday.

The members say they are unhappy with the V-Cs way of functioning. Neither has he called the mandatory meetings of the Syndicate on time nor did he look into the demands of the varsitys non-teaching staff.

It will take at least a decade for the university to see progress, Munirajappa, President of Bangalore University Teachers Council (BUTC), said, explaining what he termed the high-handed attitude of Prabhu Dev.

He said that the university reached its lowest ebb in the three-and-a-half years since Prabhu Dev took charge. He has the least concern for students, teachers and the employees.

The academic and physical environment in the university is unbearable. His style of administration is autocratic, authoritarian, feudal and essentially colonial by design. He has the least respect for democracy, Munirajappa added.

On his part, Prabhu Dev agreed that the universitys progress had stagnated, but blamed a section of the staff for blocking academic reforms.

In the last six months, initiatives such as the opening of the school of economics, etc were stalled only because a section of the staff came in the way, he said, refusing to resign. I wont step down because of a few disgruntled elements. I am not even thinking about it, he said.

Ignores threat

The V-C chose to ignore the threat of an agitation. He alleged that the disgruntled elements were forming committees as per their whims.

He went a step further and said that the BUTC was not a legally constituted or an elected body. He sought to take credit for the examination and academic reforms and said that he was not guilty of failing his duty.

The BUTC President, however, shot back and said that the V-Cs diktat was reminiscent of the medieval feudal period.

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Bangalore Universitys (BU) flagship programme, the four-year BS course in science, will be shifted from the Jnana Bharathi campus to the Central College campus from this academic year.

Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev, who announced this recently, told on Saturday that the reason to shift the two-year-old course was for better management.

Over there (Jnana Bharathi campus), there were just two coordinators; we thought it is better if the Department of Science manages the course. It will be easier to arrange for lectures and the like, he said.
Away from campus

Incidentally, Dr. Prabhu Dev has stayed away from the Jnana Bharathi campus citing security reasons. The BS course was started with the intention of catering to the western model of education, i.e., 10 + 2 followed by a four-year undergraduate course.

It has attracted criticism for not being backed up proper infrastructure at the Jnana Bharathi campus. Asked if this would be taken care of at its new home, the VC said the classrooms would be in the stone building.
October plan on hold

While the existing BS course has been shifted, the plan to start similar courses in commerce and arts has been put on hold.

Dr. Prabhu Dev, who had last year announced that the commerce course would begin this October, said the plan was not through for the time being.

The way things are going in Bangalore University, it does not seem possible, he said.

When he was reminded that his tenure is set to expire in a few months, he said it was up to future vice-chancellors to take a call on it.

I concede that I am not an intellectual: Bangalore University V-C

Bangalore University (BU) V-C Dr N Prabhu Dev has reacted sharply to litterateur UR Ananthamurthys statement that no medical man should be made vice-chancellor of the university. Prabhu Dev said on Sunday that Ananthamurthy had reacted to every issue other than the ones raised by him.

Speaking at the programme where he was conferred a doctorate by the Central University of Karnataka, Ananthamurthy had said: What we need is an intellectual person; not an expert.

An earlier statement by Prabhu Dev that intellectuals in the state had not raised their voice against the issue of plagiarism and also that academic standards in the university were declining, had prompted the writer to make the remarks.

In an open letter sent to Ananthamurthy, Prabhu Dev said: I expressed my anguish as I thought of you as the torch-bearer of high academic values and standards in universities. You have expressed your views on everything under the sun, but you have chosen to be silent on the issues I raised.

I concede that you have been the best ever V-C of a university in Kerala. I concede that you are an intellectual of a very high order. I also concede that I am not an intellectual and hence a wrong choice as V-C, as concluded by you, read Prabhu Devs letter. Your views on who should become the V-C are highly appreciated and I am sure when it comes from you, it is truth at its best, he said.

Reacting to Ananthamurthys remark that there are academic bodies in the university to look into the issue of plagiarism, the V-C said: Yes there are bodies to take care of the matter without the support of your intellectual views.

Notices to BEd colleges with poor infra soon

The Bangalore University Task Force for BEd colleges aims to issue notices to university-affiliated BEd colleges about their poor infrastructure.

It will initiate action against them if no improvement is seen within three months after the notification.

Despite an already existing Academic Audit Committee, the university has not been able to plug the loopholes leading to the poor state of affairs of the affiliated BEd colleges. The university local inquiry committee reports point out to various teacher education colleges functioning with abysmal infrastructure.

A few days ago, the BEd college lecturers boycotted evaluation of answer scripts of these colleges (for the semester exam held early this month) protesting against the apathy of the university in dealing with these colleges.

Following this, the Vice-Chancellor constituted the Task Force on May 21, which has been authorised to do a reality check about the status of colleges with poor infrastructure through surprise inspections and recommend measures to plug loopholes.

BU Academic Council member Karan Kumar has been appointed as the chairman of the Task Force, effective till June 30, 2013. Prof Keerthi Narayan Swamy, Department of Education reader Haseen Taj, retired professor of Teachers College Nagarajaiah and assistant finance officer Rajasekhara Murthy will be the members.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Karna Kumar said the first task the members would engage themselves in, is to ensure that only students from colleges meeting the standards prescribed for affiliation would appear for the next semester exams.

Split wide open in BU Syndicate

The cracks within Bangalore University (BU) have only gotten wider. Even as a section of the Syndicate has openly revolted against Vice-Chancellor (VC) N. Prabhu Dev, another group of members have come out in his support.

At a press conference held here Friday, six Syndicate members announced they did not owe allegiance to any individual, but they were certainly not against Dr. Prabhu Dev.
Students coerced?

During the recent protest, the picture that was being painted was that the entire Syndicate wants the VC to resign, but this is not true. The six of us were not involved in that protest; only four members participated in it. In fact, several students have also written letters saying they did not participate in the protest voluntarily, said B.P. Madhumati, Syndicate member.

Speaking about the May 7 meeting, which aggravated tensions between the disgruntled Syndicate members and the VC, Ms. Madhumati said: It was shocking for us as we are newly-appointed members. The issues within the Syndicate, which is the management of the university, should have been resolved [amongst ourselves].

When asked if they were fine with the VC conducting the meetings through circulars, they admitted that they were not.

P.A. Michael, a member, said they were trying to reach out to the disgruntled members to agree for a Syndicate meeting, with the media and the police in attendance. In case talks break down, they are prepared to seek the intervention of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj who is the Chancellor, added B.N. Srinivasa Rao Mane.

Even in the midst of offering the olive branch, one Syndicate member did not forget to point out: The government should be careful while appointing Syndicate members. Only those with academic experience should be appointed.
Fake reporter

Meanwhile, an employee from Registrar (Administration) B.C. Mylarappas office was spotted posing as a journalist at the press conference. He asked the Syndicate members some tough questions before making his exit quietly.

Protest at BU, staff want V-C sacked

In yet another chapter in the ongoing saga at Bangalore University (BU), members of the varsitys syndicate, teaching and non-teaching staff, who are also part of the Bangalore University Joint Action Committee (BUJAC), and students staged a protest on Tuesday, to seek the dismissal of vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev.

We want the state government and the governor to withdraw the V-C from BU. He is not visiting Jnana Bharthi campus. We have made several attempts to contact him to address our problems, all in vain, said M Munirajappa, president of the Bangalore University Teachers Council.

Munirajappa alleged that the vice-chancellor was responsible for several problems in teaching and administration in the varsity. There are many problems… For example, internet facilities exist but there are no special lectures organised for the students, he said.

Syndicate members exposed alleged violations that occurred after Prabhu Dev assumed the vice-chancellors post. KTPP Act (Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act) 1999 has been violated by the V-C. During the 2009-10 general audit, it was found that there were violations and Rs19.25 lakh was spent on stationery, Rs86 lakh on paper, Rs10.88 lakh on procurements for
physical education, Rs14.78 lakh on procurements for general administration, and Rs10.2 lakh on OMR sheets, said Syndicate member DS Krishna.

Not so serious
While some of the protesters were levelling serious allegations against the V-C, the mood of the protest itself was oddly light and entertaining, with music, food, dance and mimicry performances added to the mix. In the morning, some protesters got into a war of words with police personnel deployed there. After the altercation, a reserve police team was called in, but the protest went on to be a non-violent affair.

The stir even saw some of the old faces of the varsity returning to voice their views against the present state of the affairs.
Administration has reached low levels. Its a problem when the vice chancellor does not visit the campus at all. He does not consult the registrar [BC Mylarappa] for decisions on administration and to be honest I think in my entire career in BU, this might be the darkest period ever, said former syndicate, senate and academic council member, CN Krishna Reddy.

V-C: Its hooliganism
It was notably conspicuous that Prabhu Dev was absent on Tuesday as the protest took place in front of his office. When contacted, he made it clear that the perpetrators of the protest will face the consequences. BUJAC does not represent the views of the whole university. Jnana Bharthi campus saw an attendance of 98 per cent but because of this protest, classes were cancelled, said Prabhu Dev, adding that he will take action against the officials who were part of the protest for their hooliganism.

Joint action committee demands V-Cs scalp

Disgruntled elements in Bangalore University (BU) have begun their protest, demanding Vice-Chancellor N Prabhu Dev be sent on compulsory leave. The latter, however, has continued to ignore the protestors.

The Joint Action Committee, consisting of a few members of the Universitys Syndicate and Academic Council, as well as a section of the staff, held a symbolic protest at BUs Central College campus here on Tuesday.

Financial irregularities

The committee has accused Prabhu Dev of financial irregularities.

He has siphoned off crores of rupees in the nearly three-and-a-half years he has been heading the University, it said. It also charged him for not calling the meeting of the Syndicate, as stipulated under the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000.

The V-C should be sent on compulsory leave for four months, D S Krishna, president of the committee, said.

When asked if it would not be unfair to declare Prabhu Dev guilty without an inquiry, Krishna said that an independent probe was impossible as long as the V-C was at the helm. He will sabotage every inquiry, Krishna said.

Mylarappa supports V-C

Interestingly, B C Mylarappa, BU Registrar (Administration) and Prabhu Devs bitter critic, appears to be supporting the V-C in this hour of crisis.

He sought to distance himself from the protestors and said I have nothing to do with them.

Im solidly behind him (the V-C), Mylarappa told. Prabhu Dev was not available for comments.

BEd college lecturers boycott valuation

Lecturers of BEd colleges affiliated to Bangalore University boycotted the valuation work that was set to begin on Wednesday.

The university conducted BEd exams between May 12 and 18 and the valuation was to be held from Wednesday.

The boycott on Wednesday came in the wake of the university allowing 11 BEd colleges to conduct exams in spite of the university local inquiry committee (LIC) reports pending for discussion.

The affiliation of these colleges are at stake as the LIC reports indicate that they have not conducted sufficient number of classes and do not have proper infrastructure.

However, evaluators have decided to go ahead with the valuation on Thursday by omitting answer scripts from the blacklisted colleges.

Vice-Chancellor Prabhu Dev had recently assured that the reports would be looked into in the next academic council meeting.

However, the issue is still pending and the blacklisted colleges went ahead and conducted the exams.

In this light, the lecturers boycotted valuation saying they did not want to valuate answer scripts from these colleges whose credentials are under the scanner in the university committee reports.

Lecturers submitted a representation to the V-C regarding the same. An estimated 9,000 students have written the BEd exam this time.

Meanwhile, the V-C has assured that the matter would be looked into by the university task force appointed for the purpose, said professor Shambulinge Gowda, principal of BES College, who also took part in the protest.

The colleges whose affiliation is at stake: Rajiv Gandhi College of Education, Huliappa Mallamma BEd College, Jnanvikas College of Education, St Jospehs College of Education and Mother Theresa BEd College.

Saffron brigade tries to teach BU V-C a lesson

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) were taken into preventive custody on Thursday when they repeatedly tried to lock the Bangalore University vice-chancellors office at the Central College campus.

The incident took place in the morning when the ABVP members tried to lock N Prabhu Devs office in his absence. The police intervened and this led to a scuffle, leading to the arrest of 16 ABVP members.

S Prem, ABVP city secretary, said the members of the union were not trying to force their way into the V-Cs office; they were just trying to lock it. He said the BU was plagued with many issues, but still a meeting of the universitys syndicate had not been convened.

We want the V-C to go. When he is not capable, he should not be in this job, he said, adding that the protests would be held on Monday and Tuesday as well. The protestors were released at 6 pm.

Responding to the incident, Prabhu Dev said that registrar BC Mylarappa was to be blamed for this atmosphere of hatred in the university. He said Thursdays incident was not an isolated one; the same gang had attacked him in front of everyone a few months ago. Regarding Thursdays chaos, he said: Imagine (what would have happened) if the police had not been there.
He added that the allegations that he does not visit Jnana Bharathi campus were exaggerated. He said he lived in the campus for two years, but it was only since the appointment of a certain registrar that he had not been able to work there.

Saffron brigade tries to teach BU V-C a lesson

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) were taken into preventive custody on Thursday when they repeatedly tried to lock the Bangalore University vice-chancellors office at the Central College campus.

The incident took place in the morning when the ABVP members tried to lock N Prabhu Devs office in his absence. The police intervened and this led to a scuffle, leading to the arrest of 16 ABVP members.

S Prem, ABVP city secretary, said the members of the union were not trying to force their way into the V-Cs office; they were just trying to lock it. He said the BU was plagued with many issues, but still a meeting of the universitys syndicate had not been convened.

We want the V-C to go. When he is not capable, he should not be in this job, he said, adding that the protests would be held on Monday and Tuesday as well. The protestors were released at 6 pm.

Responding to the incident, Prabhu Dev said that registrar BC Mylarappa was to be blamed for this atmosphere of hatred in the university. He said Thursdays incident was not an isolated one; the same gang had attacked him in front of everyone a few months ago. Regarding Thursdays chaos, he said: Imagine (what would have happened) if the police had not been there.
He added that the allegations that he does not visit Jnana Bharathi campus were exaggerated. He said he lived in the campus for two years, but it was only since the appointment of a certain registrar that he had not been able to work there.

Bangalore University officials turn men of letters, literally

BANGALORE: It probably wont be an exaggeration to call Bangalore University officials the men of letters, thanks to the new form of warfare they have adopted for their never-ending battle within the campus.

Its a constant war of words between the two parties - for- and anti-vice-chancellor groups. Only at syndicate meetings do they come face to face, otherwise the mode of communication is the letters they send each other, all of which are copied to the media and, therefore, labeled as open letters.

Such is the frequency of their arguments that at least four letters are sent every week. Each throws a challenge to the other party, laced with sarcasm and accusations. The letters run into several pages most of the time and are copied to the higher authorities, including the chief minister who holds the higher education portfolio. They appear to be write letters for everything under the sun: for a random statement that an official would have made to any development in the university.

At times, the letters to the VC even turn personal. For instance, syndicate member KV Acharya wrote one with the subject line, Doctor Doctor cure thyself: Idi Amin or Saddam Hussain or Stalin of Russia or all put in one. He called the VCs attitude akin to witch-hunting and said his actions are symptoms of a derailed mind that need immediate treatment before it is deceased. This being the case, what is the fun in interacting with you? Please take the help of some doctor to treat the portion above your heart, he told Prabhu Dev in his letter.

A letter by the joint action committee, a formal anti-VC group, said in a release: He (VC) has been, for the past three-and-a-half years talking of mafia and reforms. The entire Karnataka knows who the don of the mafia is. The sordid drama of the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology speaks volumes.

On the other side, Prabhu Dev targeting the syndicate through letters is also not uncommon. Thank you for bringing to my notice that the syndicate is in existence and its members are very much available... The forum of syndicate is for exhibition of the skills of brain to discuss matters on academics and administration pertaining to university. It cannot be converted into a show of brawn, which unfortunately was very successfully displayed by you, he has said in one letter.

Registrar does it first, V-C follows soon after

Two directors, but one study centre. This is possible only at Bangalore University. All thanks to the ongoing feud between vice-chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev and registrar administration BC Mylarappa. The Centre for Kannada Studies of the Bangalore University now has two directors. One appointed by the vice-chancellor and the other by the registrar.

The term of the department head or director in Bangalore University is two years and as per that rule Prof Gangadhars term expired a week ago. On June 8, Mylarappa appointed Dr CB Honnaiah as the director for centre and issued the order. On June 9, Prabhu Dev appointed Dr KV Srinivas Murthy, a professor from Kolar PG centre.

Following the orders, both the professors reached the Kannada centre at Jnana Bharathi campus to occupy the chair and an ugly confrontation broke out. The professor appointed by VC claimed he was senior and more suitable for the post. Not to be outdone, the registrars candidate claimed that he was the rightful appointee.

Finally, both approached the high court and the court directed maintenance of status quo and hence both the professors are now functioning as directors for the same centre. When DNA tried to contact these two directors, they were not available for comment. The vice-chancellor and registrar too were not available for comment.

However, this fresh row has not gone down well with the teaching fraternity. Prof MG Krishnan of political science department said, This type of incident is first time in the history of Bangalore University. Technically speaking, the order issued by the registrar is authentic and VC has nothing to do with it. But as a candidate, Srinivas Murthy is suitable for the post and he has good profile and a good scholar compared to Honnaiah.

Protesters shut down Central College campus

VC hatao, VV [Vishwavidyala] bachao (Remove the Vice-Chancellor, save Bangalore University) was the slogan of the day at the daylong protest organised by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) here on Tuesday.

The Central College campus was taken over by the protesters — sections of the Syndicate, Academic Council, teaching and non-teaching staff — who got together under the JAC banner. Paralysing academic activities, they set up camp right outside Vice-Chancellor (VC) N. Prabhu Devs office.

There was a minor squabble between the large police contingent and the protesters as the former objected to the drumbeating on the campus. However, the protesters had their way.
Classes hit

Students who turned up for classes found it impossible as the noisy protest was highly distracting. While the organisers claimed that no one was forced to join the protest or suspend classes, all departments on the campus remained closed. Students were seen milling around the locked departments but eventually it was clear that it was futile as the library too remained shut.

Meanwhile, the protesters indulged in large-scale VC-bashing. Accusing him of gross maladministration, Munirajappa, president of the Bangalore University Teachers Council (BUTC), asked how Dr. Prabhu Dev could stay off the Jnana Bharathi campus for months at a stretch.

The protesters alleged financial irregularities in the university. Syndicate member D.S. Krishna, citing the general audit report for 2009-10, said: The audit has mentioned violations of the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act, 1999 in the purchase of stationery by the Evaluation Department (Rs. 19.25 lakh), paper (Rs. 86 lakh), Physical Education Department procurements (Rs. 10.88 lakh), general administration procurements (Rs. 14.78 lakh) and for OMR sheets (Rs. 10.2 lakh).

Instead of buying the required 32 lakh answer scripts, BU had bought 42 lakh. About 2.53 lakh unwritten, 16 page-answer scripts were given away to a scrap dealer, he alleged.
Illegal appointments

About the illegal appointments, the members pointed out to the case of Special Officer (Exams) Syed Jamal (a retired CET cell official), saying the university cannot hire retired officials. As for the Ramakrishna Commission, the university cannot constitute committees, only the Governor (as Chancellor) can.

C.N. Krishna Reddy, a former Syndicate and Senate member who has a 24-year association with the university, termed this the worst period for BU. Asked why the protest is happening now with only about seven months left for Dr. Prabhu Devs tenure to be completed, he said: The suffering of the staff and students had reached its peak.
VC to take action

Dr. Prabhu Dev, who was not at his Central College office, said he was away and was to return to the city only in the evening. Taking note of the cancellation of classes, he said he would discuss with the officials concerned and take action.

BU V-C, registrar row perturbs govt

The six-month long tussle between Bangalore University vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev and registrar BC Mylarappa has now caught the attention of the state government and it is keen to contain the damage.

According to higher education department sources, chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda, who also handles the higher education ministry, has directed the senior officials at the department to take steps to reduce the damage to the university.

The sources confirmed that following the chief ministers note, the department is thinking of setting up a committee to conduct inquiry. State government is seized of the matter and looking at it seriously. We have received clear instructions from the minister and we will act accordingly, an official said.

The department is currently under the process of selecting members for the inquiry committee. We are under the process of framing a committee. We will soon finalise suitable persons, preferably former vice-chancellors, for the committee and seek higher education ministers approval, confirmed the official.
Most officials at the state higher education department seem tight-lipped, when asked to comment about the happenings at Bangalore University. Any query on the issue draws a no comments response.They seem fed up with quarrel between the two BU authorities.

Options before govt
The government has no powers to take direct action against vice-chancellor, since the governor (who is the chancellor of universities) is the appointing authority. However, a registrar is appointed by the government and it can take action.

Of course we are not allowed to take actions against the vice-chancellor, but we have the doors open to bring everything to the notice of his Excellency and we are in the process of doing that. It is our duty to control further damage to the university, the official said. As for the row, the official added, The government is not supportive to any of them. Due to their irresponsibility, enough damage has already been caused to the varsity. Being the heads of the institutions their behaviour is intolerable. Even the progress in the university for the last six months is zero. It may be recalled that six months ago the Governor had formed a one-man committee to conduct inquiry into several issues, including the attack on BR Niranjan, distance education director at the Bangalore University. Retired high court judge Shivashankar Bhat is heading that committee.

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Cracks widen on the 154-year-old building

BANGALORE: Apart from widening cracks in the Bangalore Universitys administration, heavy rains on Tuesday evening caused cracks to the 154-year-old Central College building.

�Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Rajaji Hall and Pre-Examination Coaching Centre were filled with water, threatening the shelflife of varsity documents, furniture, computers and other equipment.

�While the central dome in VC Dr N Prabhu Devs chamber is sealed off with wooden rims, the reception area outside his door was a sorry scene.

�Rain water dripped heavily from the openings in the roof. The staff at the VCs secretariat hurried around, and placed a bucket in the centre of the office.

�While the bucket filled fast, water dripped down from the other cracks, filling almost the entire area.

�Rajaji Hall, which is next to the VCs office, is a makeshift evaluation centre for the ongoing Law examination answer scripts. Staff members here said that evaluations of Law answer scripts have been going on for ten days. We keep all the answer scripts in cupboards.

�However, with water dripping from the top and falling on the cupboards, there are chances that answer scripts will be foiled, said a BU staffer.

�The Pre-Examination Coaching Centre here provides coaching for competitive exams such as IAS and KAS.

�This was perhaps the worst affected.

�Desperate non-teaching staff members tried helplessly to push away water from a computer table. Devaraj L, who is incharge of the Centre, said that this was the state-of-affairs for the past three years, after he assumed charge.

�We have complained to the Engineering Section. They have visited the campus and even did an estimate, but we have not heard from them again.

�With many computers present in this section, there is always the risk of grounding, said Devaraj. University Engineer N Putta Swamy blamed the AEE on the campus for not having reported the condition to him. They are supposed to report to me about such conditions. I will personally inspect the condition, he said.

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