Eminent educationist writes open letter to M'lore varsity VC

Eminent educationist writes open letter to M'lore varsity VC

A day after the Mangalore University Syndicate approved all the posts (Assistant Professors / Associate Professors / Professors), Sripathi Thanthri, Educationist, founder Member of Mangalore University Syndicate and the one who has been associated with the Mangalore University since its inception in 1980 has written an open letter to Vice Chancellor Prof T C Shivshankar Murthy.

“I am compelled to respond to the complaints which I have been receiving from aggrieved candidates for the appointment and also from some senior faculty members of the university campus. Therefore, I am just bringing it to your notice.”

Stating that he (Thanthri) has no prejudice against the vice chancellor, whatsoever as expressed in the meeting of the Syndicate and also outside - Thanthri said he will be extremely happy if the VC comes out clean, of all the allegations. The gist of the letter is as follows.

n Is it true that all the members of the Appointment Committee were from Mysore and Bangalore only, and who are very close to you?

n In how many committees, you have not included the professors / Head of the Departments in the interview board?

n The earlier screening committee consisting of Prof P L Dharma, Prof Pakkala and Prof Chinnappa Gowda - who prepared the list of applicants considering parameters of merit based on Academic Performance Indicator (API), was changed abruptly by dropping the former two and including Prof Vishwanath, said to be your most trusted person, who changed the list of merit. Is it true?

n The Planning and Monitoring Committee which was headed by Prof Kaveriappa during the period of Prof Hanumaiah, the then vice chancellor, was kept vacant throughout these years. But suddenly, it was re-constituted by nominating your trusted Prof Vishwanath, a much junior professor, perhaps as a preliminary preparation for appointment process. Were there no other seniors in the campus than him (Prof Vishwanath)? I have received the complaints that your have done all this as a clever preparatory manipulation and precautionery measure to make appointment process to appear technically transparent. Is it true?

n One Smitha Hegde, who was qualified to be interviewed, was not invited for the interview in Bio Technology department. Why? However, I am told she was offered the interview in Botany department. Is it true? Why not in Bio Technology?

n Is it true that you have selected a person without adequate qualification in Electronics department? Did you consider a person without even a first degree in Yoga to the post of Assistant Professor in Yogic Science department. What were the parameters to select him? If you did not receive application without qualification is the reason, you ought to have not filled the post, and re-advertised, before filling the post.

Why the same relaxation was not done regarding others in the campus? I am told that one Dr Babu Koraga, a person coming from most backward tribe of Koraga community and is the first PhD from the community was not considered for interview to the post of an Assistant Professor, even. You would have been held with high esteem, if the person was offered the post even by inviting, to uphold the spirit of Constitution of India. Sorry. You did not do it and denied him an opportunity - the first person of the community to enter into the portals of Holy Temple of Higher Education.

n On what basis Prof Vishwanath was allowed to be present in the committees to interview candidates. Instead, you could have asked the Registrar, who is the ex-officio Secretary as per the KSOU Act, in the process of appointment, to be present in the board of appointment. Why was he kept out against the provisions of the Act, throughout the process.

Here, you have apparently gone against the provisions of the Act, which is supreme constitution for the university.

8. Lastly, there is a reasonable strong feeling that the campus at Konaje has become a dumping yard of people from Mysore / Bangalore / Mandya region even though it was established with the main objectives of having an independent and separate university for the needs, aspirations and dreams of coastal districts of Karnataka.

n As a Member, served in the committee of Dr V K R V Rao, which drafted the details of the establishment of this university in 1979, I invite your attention to the report of that Commission which provides the anchor-sheet to the objectives of this university. Please go through Chapter 2, Section 7 to 24 running into 10 pages, the objectives of the university stated clearly as a need to promote the dreams, aspirations and needs of this coastal region.

The committee consisted of former Union minister B Janardhan Poojary, the then Finance Minister M Veerappa Moily, the then Education Minister C Subbaiah Shetty (during the term of the then Chief Minister Devraj Urs) - who too put the claim for separate university for the people of the then Dakshina Kannada, in 1980 and the Act being passed accordingly in the same year.

n All the Vice Chancellors have a commitment to honour this objective. But I am sorry to say that you have betrayed this by putting your own men from outside this university.
Of course, you may defend yourself, as legally you are not bound to consider this. But it is clearly a moral betrayal to the people of this region, who trusted you with all respect untill now.

Sripathi Thanthri (Former Syndicate Member, Member of Committee for the establishment of Mangalore University, 1979, who worked with B Janardhan Poojary, Sooryanarayana Adiga, Prof K S Haridas Bhat, B V Kakkilaya, U T Fareed (father of present Health Minister U T Khader) and Fr Denis Moras)

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