Privilege motion sought against VTU VC

The BJP on Tuesday attacked the VTU V-C H Maheshappa for having breached the privilege of the House by going ahead with the appointment of 400 professors and assistant professors, despite Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande stating in the House previously that the appointments would be frozen till the Hyderabad-Karnataka 371 (J) reservation was implemented in recruitment.

As a result, BJP MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik read out a two-page motion, saying that the VC had breached the privilege of the House and sought for a privilege motion to be moved against him. However, Chairman D H Shankarmurthy said that he would give a ruling on the matter after studying the motion.

Earlier, during a debate in the Council, Deshpande said he had a detailed meeting with the Higher Education department, the Law department and the DPAR on the issue of the VTU going ahead with the appointments.

The minister said that during the meeting, which was held last week, the VTU had justified its stand stating that the notification for reservation for the H-K region candidates came only after the university had called for the appointments.

“As a result, we are now seeking the opinion of the Law department in this regard. Based on it, we will consider our next move,” he said. BJP MLC Y A Narayanaswamy said during the debate that the VTU had in fact completed hiring of all the 400 personnel. “They were even given the appointment orders by the VTU, while it was stated by the higher education minister that the hiring will be frozen,” he said.

Last year, the Council had a lengthy debate over the scams involved in the recruitment process at the VTU. The Opposition MLCs had said that the recruitment of the personnel was being done on an ad hoc basis, without considering the criteria for their hiring and other allied staff for the varsity.

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