Governor and Chancellor of State Universities H R Bhardwaj continued his attack on the government on issues related to the administration of varsities.
He was speaking after inaugurating the All India National Conference of Commerce organised by Bangalore University in association with Indian Commerce Association here on Thursday.
“Our universities have not been given a free hand. As Chancellor, I have been observing the developments. I am disappointed that prestigious universities in Mysore and Dharwad are downgraded,” he said.
According to him, vice-chancellors have not been given a free hand. “Every day there is an amendment to put politicians in syndicates,” said the Governor.
He also raised his voice against the delay in appointing vice-chancellors. “In Davangere University and Dharwad Agricultural University. no regular V-C has been appointed even after six months. They are delaying the process and encouraging the vested interests of the acting V-Cs,” he said.
‘VCs Run Varsity’
On the Medical Education Minister’s comments about corruption in the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), he said, “If there is a problem with the RGUHS, let the Minister get it investigated. If there is a problem or mismanagement, they should find a remedy. The government wants to put its people in the University,” he said.
Meanwhile, he advised the Minister to hire an investigating agency to look in to the matter.
“If I find any V-C involved in any wrongdoing, appropriate action will be taken. I believe V-Cs are learned people and should be dealt with respect,” he said.
Softens Stand on Private Universities
A few months ago, the Governor had spoken against private universities, especially about the Azim Premji university. But on Thursday, he praised the institution. “One must look at Alliance University and Azim Premji University. They are outstanding in India,” he said.
I’m Not Under Congress: Bhardwaj
Bangalore: Governor HR Bhardwaj on Thursday said he is not under the Congress. On the conspiracy against him within the Congress to send him back, the Governor said, “I am not under the Congress and those boys who are doing this must know it.” He also said he will be here till June. “But they are not the people to decide if they want me or not. Even the previous government wanted me to be removed and approached the President too,” he said.