UoM profs in soup for acting beyond their powers

The University of Mysuru (UoM) has decided to initiate action against two professors for acting beyond their powers and keeping the authorities in the dark. The professors in question are S Shivaraj and D Anand of the Bahadur Institute of Management Studies (BIMS) in Manasagangothri.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the UoM Syndicate held here recently, on the basis of the report of a probe committee headed by retired judge R Venkatesh, according to a Syndicate member. While Shivaraj will lose all increments since his promotion as professor, Anand will lose one increment as per the order of the Syndicate.

UoM with foreign varsity

The report says that Shivaraj, in December 2009, when he was director of BIMS, had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Zahedan-based University of Sistan and Baluchestan in Iran, regarding PhD courses, without bringing it to the notice of either the UoM or the State government.

As it was observed that the MoU was against the norms, the government decided on a department-level inquiry by a committee led by Venkatesh.

Illegal students’ assn
It is said that Shivaraj had formed a students’ association and had collected Rs 150 each as membership fee from students of all MBA colleges under the UoM, without bringing it to the notice of the university authorities.

He had deposited the amount in a bank account opened in the name of the association. It is said that Anand was also involved in the operation of the account.

Shivaraj said that he was not aware of the decision of the Syndicate.

“I can react only when I get a copy of the order in this regard, if there is any. If I get a copy, I will appeal against it in the High Court,” he said.

“The issue of MoU with the foreign university is already before the High Court. I had appealed to the High Court to change the chief of the probe committee as I suspected that retired judge Venkatesh was biased.

“The HC had directed that no action should be taken till its further orders. The decision of the Syndicate at this juncture is surprising,” he said.

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