Appointment of VCs based on caste, money: Ravi

Higher Education Minister C T Ravi on Friday said caste and money have been playing a big role in the appointment of Vice Chancellors to the 17 universities in the State.

To a query by Mumtaz Ali Khan (BJP) in the Legislative Council, Ravi said merit, integrity and social justice which are the criteria for appointment of VCs as per the Karnataka State Universities Act, are being ignored.

“There are murmurs that caste and money are the deciding factors in the appointment of VCs. It is evident that the concept of social justice has been compromised,” he said.

Ravi said there were many instances where the State government and the Chancellor’s office (Governor) have had disagreements over the appointments based on the recommendations made by the Search Committee.

“There have been instances where appointments have been made, without the government’s consent. Many such cases are pending in courts,” he added.

Of the 17 VCs, eight belong to Brahmin (4) and SC (4) communities; Vokkaligas (3); Kurubas (2), Lingayats (2); minorities (1) and ST (1), Ravi said.  Khan alleged that people belonging to dalit and backward communities had been given a raw deal, as people belonging to only certain communities are always given preference in appointments. As a result of the caste politics, persons of integrity and merit have been sidelined, he said.

MLC Nanaiah (JD-S) alleged there the VCs were looting university funds.

The search committee set up by the government comprises members one each nominated by the governor, the government, the UGC, and a Syndicate member of the said university. The committee recommends three names in order of preference, which is then forwarded to the government.

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