Complaint against VTU VC, Registrar for alleged violation of norms
Karisidappa, who will be relieved from duty as VTU VC today, allowed the release of INR 20 crore as the second tranche of funds for developmental works of a Mysuru university earlier in September.
Two High Court lawyers have filed a complaint with the Karnataka Lokayukta against Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Vice-Chancellor Karisidappa and Registrar Anand Deshpande for allegedly flouting government norms by releasing funds and taking major policy decisions at the fag end of Karisidappa’s tenure.
Karisidappa, who will be relieved from duty as VC today (September 23), allowed the release of INR 20 crore as the second tranche of funds for developmental works of a Mysuru university earlier in September. The varsity also approved INR 86.10 crore to VTU PG centres in Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Muddenahalli in August this year.
As per a circular dated September 28, 2021, issued by the Karnataka Governor, vice-chancellors of universities in the state were directed not to take any major policy decisions if their tenure ends within two months. In the complaint, Advocates DN Ramakrishna and Jagadish stated that the two top officials of the university violated the Governor’s circular and government order by releasing large amount of funds despite knowing that the search committee was about to choose a new VC.
Former VCs point out ‘irregularities’ in VTU VC appointment
Former VCs of the university have also objected to the alleged irregularities and favouritism in the selection process of the new VC by the present VC Dr Karisidappa. They also alleged that the university was flouting rules related to the release of funds.
University denies all allegations
However, the university has denied all the allegations. A statement issued by the university said, “The payments were related to ongoing projects and routine expenses as approved by the Executive Council. No new policy decisions have been taken and actions of the university are in adherence with the Governor’s order.”
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