VCs' retirement age raised to 67

VCs' retirement age raised to 67

Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2011 passed without discussion

A provision to this effect has been made in the Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2011. Law Minister Suresh Kumar piloted the Bill on behalf of Higher Education Minister V S Acharya. It was passed in the Legislative Assembly without discussion, as the Opposition kept off the proceedings of the House.

In the State universities, a professor can become vice-chancellor only once in his career and the term is for four years.

However, in the Visvesvaraya Technological University and the Rajiv Gandhi Health University, the vice-chancellors can serve two terms of three years each. In the case of the Central universities, the age limit for the retirement is 70 years and the term, three years.

The amended State Universities Bill, which has replaced an ordinance, has also made a provision to include Chikkaballapur and Ramanagar districts into the jurisdiction of the Bangalore University, and Yadagir district under the purview of the Gulbarga university.

The other provision in the Bill is to appoint an officer below the rank of Group ‘A’ officer of the super time scale or a member of the faculty of any university working as a professor for at least five years as registrar of a university.

Public records

The House passed the Karnataka State Public Records Bill, 2010 that aims at implementing the suggestions of the Indian Historical Records Commission to prepare a legislation regarding the maintenance of public records on a par with the Public Records Act of the Central government, within the prescribed time.

The Bill, piloted by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurapa, after enactment, helps in proper maintenance and preservation of the government records in the State. It also facilitates proper procurement, maintenance, administration and preservation of records of district administration, public undertakings, corporations or boards, commissions or committees.
It helps to receive from private sources records of the historical and national importance.
It has made a provision for constituting a state archival advisory board to advise the government on matters relating to the maintenance and conservation of public records.
The proposed legislative measures entail a recurring expenditure of Rs 25 lakh and non-recurring expenditure of Rs 75 lakh.

Labour Minister B N Bache Gowda, piloting the Karnataka Labour Welfare Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2010, said the proposed legislation would increase the contribution to labour welfare fund from the ratio Rs 3:6:3  to Rs 6:12:6. Labourers, employers and government contribute to the fund, respectively.

The government would have to meet an additional expenditure of Rs 60 lakh per annum for implementing the measure.

Hampi management

The House also passed the Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority Bill, 2011 which has made a provision to substitute the Chief Minister as chairperson of the State Level Advisory Committee for the Bellary district in-charge minister.

The minister would function as the vice chairperson and the Kannada and Culture minister would be a member on the panel.

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