Ban on VTU interviews extended

Minister for Higher Education R V Deshpande told the Legislative Council on Wednesday that interviews scheduled for the appointments of professors, assistant professors and lecturers to the Visveswaraya Technological University (VTU) will be suspended till further orders. 

On July 17, Minister Deshpande had ordered suspension of all interviews pertaining to the appointment of 168 professors, assistant professors and lecturers to the VTU for seven days.

 Leader of the Opposition, D V Sadananda Gowda said that the seven-day suspension ended on Wednesday and preparations were underway in Belgaum to resume interviews to the University. Responding to this, Deshpande said: “We will suspend the interviews till the time further orders are issued for the same.”  Last week, the minister had sought explanation from the Executive Council of the university with regard to allegations of corruption against Vice-chancellor H Maheshappa in recruitments. Besides, implementation of the Article 371-J for Hyderabad-Karnataka region was yet to be taken before going ahead with the appointments.
Liason officer 
To sort out the complaints and problems faced by African students while pursuing their studies in colleges affiliated to the Bangalore University, Deshpande said that a liaison officer for foreign students will be appointed at the University campus. 

It is said that 60 students from Namibia had approached the minister seeking his intervention after it was found that the Bangalore City College in Kalyan Nagar did not have accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). 

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