PG centre 'shifted' to new building

PG centre 'shifted' to new building

Mangasandra campus embroiled in tussle between contractor and varsity

PG centre 'shifted' to new building

The tussle over shifting the post graduate centre of the Bangalore University to the new building at Mangasandra took a new turn on Thursday with the activists of Samata Sainik Dal and Raitha Sangha shifting the furniture to the new building.

The newly-constructed building at Managasandra has become a bone of contention between the contractor and the varsity authorities. While the vice chancellor has directed the PG centre to shift to the new premises, the contractor has issued a notice warning of legal consequences if the building was shifted.

Students under the banner of various organisations had took our a rally in the City on Wednesday demanding that the PG centre be shifted to the new building. They had warned of intesifying their protest if the demand was not met within 15 days and also threatened to shift the centre on their own.

Disputed work

The work on the construction of the building is embroiled in a dispute since the beginning. The project has not been completed for over five years and the work on construction of the administrative block has come to a standstill for the past two months.
In view of the protest by the students, the vice chancellor had directed the PG centre authorities to shift to the new building, but maintain the status quo there.

However, the contractor issued a legal notice stating that according to the agreement between the varsity and the contractor, the Centre should be shifted only after the possession is handed over the varsity. The contractor had threatened to initiate legal proceedings if the Centre was shifted. Meanwhile, the VC had sought an explanation for not shifting to the new building, C Nagabhushana, the director of the PG centre told Deccan Herald.

On the other hand, the principal of the Government Boys’ College, from where the PG Centre has been functioning, had warned of initiating legal proceedings if the building was not vacated. Nagabhushan said the VC was informed that the possession of the new building should be handed over by the contractor to the varsity engineer.

Activists of the three organisations shifted the furniture to the new building in three trucks. “The new building will be useless if not occupied. It is not possible for the PG Centre to function from a building which lacks basic infrastructure. Hence we decided to shift the Centre,” said Abbani Shivappa, leader of the Raitha Sene.