BU registrars take charge finally

Students staging a protest in Bangalore University on Wednesday, demanding facilities in the hostel. dh photo

They will be presented as Registrars before the staff and the students at 10:30 am at the Jnana Bharathi campus on Thursday.

Sources told Deccan Herald that the charge was handed over in the presence of Principal Secretary A S Srikanth after strict instructions from Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavalli to implement the Government order. Srikanth, however declined to comment on whether charge was handed over.

Talwar confirmed that both he and the Registrar had assumed charge. “After a meeting with officials from the Department of Higher Education and the acting Registrar, we took charge. The acting Registrar has given the transfer of charge in writing and we will start functioning on Thursday,” he said.

However, it is still unclear if the consent of the Vice-Chancellor N Prabhu Dev was taken before the appointment. Speaking to Deccan Herald, Prabhu Dev, who is in Delhi on an invitation from the President of India said, “I am not aware of the latest developments. So, I can’t comment.”  Sources in the department said that the acting Registrar K Puttaraju was asked to hand over charge formally. He reportedly sought permission to speak to the V-C, before the transfer of charge. Puttaraju was not available for comment. Meanwhile, Dr T R Subrmanya who was acting V-C in Prabhu Dev’s absence, was absent during the tranfer of charge on grounds of sickness.

Early on Wednesday, Puttaraju had said that he would not hesitate to hand over charge  if the two registrars came with the the Government orders. But, the newly appointed Registrar M G Krishnan had maintained that there was a protocol over the transfer of duty and he would assume charge only if the V-C invited them.

Transfers

Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education sought to play down the communication from the Chief Minister’s office to keep the transfers in abeyance. Officials reiterated that it was not a Government order, and therefore, of very little importance.

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