VTU postpones convocation

VTU postpones convocation

Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has postponed its 13th annual convocation that was initially scheduled to be held on May 3.

Speaking to Deccan Herald on the issue, Vice Chancellor H Maheshappa on Thursday said that they had decided to hold the convocation on May 3 with expectations that the model code of conduct would be completely relaxed by April 23 as the Election Commission had given limited relaxation after the polling and they also wanted Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande and other dignitaries to attend the convocation.

He added that a Review meeting was held late on Wednesday and on Thursday. As there was no communication regarding the complete relaxation of the code till noon, it was decided to postpone the convocation and the announcement was made. Later, it was learnt that the model code of conduct had been relaxed in the State, he said.

With the VTU postponing the convocation after announcing it within 24 hours, it has made way for many speculations on the varsity not being able to give a valid reason for the postponement as model code of conduct in place for Parliamentary elections could not stop it from holding its convocation.

It may be recalled here that the VTU had held its convocation when the model code of conduct for Assembly elections was in place last year. Also, Rani Channamma University had held its convocation in the premises of VTU after the Parliamentary elections had been announced.

Maheshappa refused to comment when asked if the convocation could be conducted while the model code of conduct is in effect. According to sources, a message was received from the governor’ office to postpone the convocation.