Bangalore University syndicate members resign; say VC misled govt | Bengaluru

Two members of Bangalore University’s syndicate have decided to hand in their resignation letters in protest against the removal of two other members by the government, without giving any reason, reports said.

The University of Bangalore, which is directly and indirectly responsible for the smooth governance of the 650 affiliated colleges below it, is now under a month of policy paralysis.

The nominations of the two members – Prem Sohanlal and Govindaraju’s – were withdrawn last week, and since then two new members have been nominated in their place. A report said the two members were fired because of their involvement in recent protests when the post of Vice-Chancellor (VC) was empty for about 20 days.

Reports said their removal led to much speculation, as the government allowed four other members, including a close relative of the higher education minister, to continue.

Before that, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the voluntary organization, RSS, also criticized the movement, calling it “suspicious”.

The remaining two members of the syndicate, TV Raju and Gopinath, have vowed to follow through, submitting their dismissal as condemning the movement of the Higher Education Department.

They spoke at a press conference in Bengaluru on Monday and said they would submit their resignation to the Secretary General of the Higher Education Department.

The members, who were nominated for the syndicate by the state government, also cited that former VC Prof KR Venugopal prevented progressive work at the university and misguided the government, reports said.

Demanding a high-level investigation into the university’s irregularities, one of the union members whose nomination was withdrawn last week told a news website that he felt he had been removed because he doubted and objected to the alleged abuse of the VC made against the release of some universities funds for construction activities at an autonomous institution.

The former VC has leveled several accusations against him by the members, who claimed in reports that Prof KR Venugopal misled the government by giving them incorrect information. The members told Deccan Herald that the VC has conveyed to the government that certain projects were approved by the syndicate if they were not.

According to a report, members have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, State Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the governor demanding that an inquiry be held into the irregularities.

Recently, more than a hundred faculty members and representatives of student associations outside the faculty protested and demanded that a temporary or permanent VC be appointed at the earliest.

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