Why appoint corrupt, incompetent V-Cs?: MLCs

The appointment of a retired vice-chancellor as a one-man regulatory commission to monitor admission to professional courses for the academic year 2013-14 was criticised by Opposition members at the Legislative Council on Monday.

As per the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) (Special Provisions) Bill, 2013, the State government had announced the formation of the commission to “monitor admission to professional courses and the implementation of the consensual arrangement or agreement done in accordance with provisions of this Act”.

JD (S) MLC, M C Nanaiah questioned the integrity of the retired V-Cs. “We have been reading news reports that one has to pay a bribe of Rs 80 lakh or Rs one to become a V-C. Most of the appointees are not even known for the academic excellence. Why appoint such incompetent people when there is no faith in them? It’s better to appoint bureaucrats instead,” he said.

Higher Education Minister, R V Deshpande, admitted that the situation was “bad” as the quality of education had fallen and corruption seeped in. But making an amendment to the Bill at this stage would affect the students as admissions were underway, he asserted.
The solution, Deshpande mentioned, was to appoint competent and respectable men to posts of V-Cs, in consultation with the Opposition leaders.  

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