BU VC withdraws letter blaming engineer

The Kolar Postgraduate Study Centre fiasco does not seem to be ending anytime soon.

N Prabhu Dev, the Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, has withdrawn the letter he had written to the Syndicate members on February 29, blaming the varsity engineer N Puttaswamy, for not issuing a fresh work order to the contractor S Shivaraju for resuming construction of the PG Centre.

Puttaswamy had taken strong exception to the letter and stressed that he had indeed issued the work order. He also lodged a police complaint against Prabhu Dev on March 3 under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, accusing him of “mentally harassing and insulting” him with an intent to humiliate him because he belongs to the Scheduled Caste (SC).

With the possibility of his arrest looming large in the wake of the complaint, the VC wrote a fresh letter to the Syndicate members on Tuesday and informed them that he was withdrawing the letter. He also said that he proposed to form a Syndicate sub-committee to monitor the construction work.

K V Acharya, a senior member of the Syndicate, said that he was pained at the attitude of the Governor, H R Bhardwaj who, he claimed, was “pampering” the V-C.

Acharya, a bitter critic of the V-C, said that the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of BU, should not have “demonised” the Registrar (Administration), B C Mylarappa, in public.

Mylarappa is another bitter critic of the V-C.

“The very basics of management prohibit an able administrator from openly denouncing his subordinates. The Governor was free to call the Registrar privately and guide him. It is strange that the Governor, who had once expressed his displeasure over Prabhu Dev’s appointment as the V-C, is now praising him,” Acharya added.

He claimed that many irregularities were exposed only after Mylarappa became the Registrar. “The Governor’s comments will definitely send wrong signals. Why is he suppressing the misdeeds of Prabhu Dev?,” he asked.

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