Now, Guv to decide VTU vice chancellor's class

The High Court of Karnataka on Friday left it to the Governor to decide on the pass class of Dr H Maheshappa, the Vice Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University.

Dr H Maheshappa

“In view of the interpretation of relevant regulations and circumstances, it is relevant for the Chancellor to arrive at a fresh decision whether the respondent 4 (VC, VTU) has obtained first class or second class in the relevant examination,” the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen observed while disposing off a petition.

J H Anil Kumar had approached the Court challenging the appointment of Maheshappa alleging that he had passed the qualifying examination in second class.

Dr Maheshappa, in his affidavit submitted that he had not furnished incorrect or false information either to the search committee or to the appointing authority. According to him, in the ninth semester examination of BE held in the March 1982, he secured 393 marks but failed in two of the total seven subjects. Out of the aggregate 750 marks in the ninth semester, he secured 444 in the March 1983 examination.

Pointing out that he had scored 437 marks against the aggregate of 650 marks in the tenth semester, the VTU VC said that University of Mysore had taken 393 marks (the marks he secured in the failed attempt) into account instead of the 444 (supplementary marks) and 437 marks of tenth semester and thus awarded him a second class. He claimed that the having secured 881 marks out of the total 1400, the his marks works out at 62.92 per cent.

He cited Degree New Semester Scheme Regulations of the University of Mysore according to which students scoring marks 60 per cent and above shall be declared to have passed in first class.

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