BU officials play blame game over exams

Nine barred BEd colleges receive last minute approval to conduct examination

Senior officials at Bangalore University traded blame on Monday over barred B Ed colleges being allowed to conduct practical examinations.

Nine of the eleven such B Ed colleges affiliated to the varsity had received last-minute approval to conduct the examinations.

R K Somashekar, Registrar (Evaluation), washed his hands of the whole episode. “I was in the USA between September 8 and 17 attending a conference. I came back on September 17, after which I attended another conference in Belgaum from September 21 to 23,” he told Deccan Herald. He said there was no possibility of him having signed any of the files on these dates.

Copies of documents available with this paper show that permissions were granted from Somashekar’s office on September 13 and 21 as well as on other days. When asked how then were the approvals granted, Somashekar said the documents were “all fraud”.

He, however, added that nobody from his office had given any approval and somebody could have forged his signature using his office letterhead. Later, he said that while he was away, an officer on special duty, Suresh Nadagowdar, was in charge and he had signed in the permission letters.

“I was not aware that the practical exams were conducted until this morning when reports appeared in the media,” he said. The request for permission was sought by Registrar (Administration) B Mylarappa and Suresh Nadagowdar had no choice but to approve it, Somashekar said.

Mylarappa rubbished Somashekar’s claims and blamed Vice Chancellor Prabhu Dev for the mess. He said the vice chancellor had “without anybody’s knowledge” granted permission to evaluate the theory answer scripts of Bangalore City College of Education (another blacklisted college).

Answer scripts of all these colleges were kept pending for evaluation as their affiliation was at stake for alleged irregularities.

“If permission was given with respect to one barred college, naturally, other colleges will question it. Hence, I was just representing these colleges after they came to me asking for permission,” he said.

Permission was granted to all the colleges to conduct examinations after it was duly approved by the vice chancellor and the registrar (evaluation).

On his part, Vice Chancellor Dev told Deccan Herald that he could not remember any such incident (of granting approval). He said he could comment further only after appropriate legal advice on the issue.

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