Rangaswamy to focus on appointment of HoDs

Rangaswamy to focus on appointment of HoDs

Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Bangalore University Rangaswamy has said that he would immediately take up the appointment of the heads to the various departments in the varsity.

During his maiden press meet after assuming office on Wednesday, the acting VC said the functioning of the departments had been affected due to delay in appointments and he would take up the task at the earliest. He said he would also focus on increasing research activities and encouraging professors to contribute to international journals.

“I will ensure co-ordination among all the stakeholders and take into consideration the views of students, teaching and non-teaching staff. I will convene a meeting with all of them soon,” he said.

Rangaswamy, known to have a cordial relation with the former vice-chancellor Prabhu Dev, said, he would continue the reforms introduced by Prabhu Dev.

“I believe in the system and I will take into confidence all those involved. Where is the question of getting into controversies?” he said, replying to a question.

The acting VC said he too was a contender for the vice-chancellor’s post and had been in the race earlier.

“I believe my resume is well suited for the post. However, one cannot predict the factors involved in selection. I hope my services are recognised,” he added. Rangaswamy did not wish to comment on the proposed bifurcation of the university. He merely said it was a policy matter of the government.

Bidding adieu

Former vice-chancellor Prabhu Dev issued a press statement on Wednesday, stating that given the turbulence on the campus for the last 10 months, this day could have come any time.

“I am leaving with a heavy heart,” he said, adding that he had tried his best to avoid students getting involved in politics of regimentation and prejudice that’s being enforced on the campus.

Listing the reforms he brought into the system since the beginning of his tenure in February 2009, Prabhu Dev said he had given himself completely for the welfare of the university, which has offered him ‘no grace or peace.’

Exam reforms, scholarships to postgraduation students below poverty line and mid-day meals to postgraduation students are some of the reforms Prabhu Dev listed.

He summed up his stint as the vice-chancellor, quoting Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

Prabhu Dev will be assuming office as chairperson of the recently constituted Karnataka Health Systems Commission soon.

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