Mysore academia in shock over Governor's tantrums

He has crossed a certain limit of dignity by treating the VC badly

The academicians feel that the Chancellor could have avoided this embarassment for himself and for the VC too by having a one-to-one meeting with the VC, instead of venting his anger in full public view. “He has crossed a certain limit of dignity by treating the VC badly,” said a senior academician, working at University of Mysore.

An air of displeasure and unhappiness is hanging thick in the University campus over the remarks of the Governor and Chancellor H R Bhardwaj on the institution. “His threatening to stop the funds to the University is totally uncalled for. It is like bulldozing the university repute and stature over individual differences and policy,” a senior professor told Deccan Herald. The academicians also feel that the incident has set a bad precedent.

It had also sent wrong message to Vice-Chancellors that they are heading the institutions only to obey Chancellor’s orders and that disobedience would lead to serious consequences.

Senior lecturers and professors are shocked with Bharadwaj’s public display of anger.  “A majority of our colleagues and academic friends are unhappy with the way the Governor behaved. It sends a strong negative signal to other VCs,” the professor said.

Another professor remarked that the general public and the academic circles were disturbed by the act of Chancellor. “A Chancellor taking a VC to task in public is unprecedented. In my memory, I have never seen like this in the last 40 years of my association with the University,” the Professor adds.

Another former Vice Chancellor of the State university said he was ‘befuddled’ about Governor’s behaviour, as the latter has been in public life for quite long.  “He is the chancellor. But that gives him no right to act the way he did. Heirarchy does not mean you can humiliate the VC. Vice-Chancellors the world over command respect for their service.

In our own state, there are instances when senior politicians and Chief Ministers too have held meetings with VCs in their own university than summon them just about anywhere. And, as far as stopping UGC funds, the money that comes in has a history and is not given based on someone’s recommendation. And, same applies to the funds being stopped too,” he added.

Protests planned  

Meanwhile, the Save University Forum, which launched a campaign demanding action against former VC J Shashidhar Prasad in the violation of government roster rule and UGC guidelines in appointments to teaching posts, has condemned the Chancellor’s behaviour and said it would hold a “Raj Bhavan Chalo” on September 6 if the Government did not withdraw the Governor’s directive that no criminal action could be initiatied against former VC.

The Chancellor has followed a dual policy on the issue with his confusing statements, K S Shivaramu, convener of forum and Prof K S Bhagawan of the forum told reporters here.
Further, some progressive forums in the city conveyed to Deccan Herald that they would stage a protest before Crawford Hall soon.

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