BANGALORE: Displeased with the recent slew of media coverage of the Bangalore University’s infrastructure, which came to light through inspections carried out by Registrar (Administration) B C Mylarappa, BU Vice-Chancellor Dr N Prabhu Dev has now sought to know where is the money required for the repair works.
In a press statement, Prabhu Dev has provided an estimate of `125 crore as the total budget required for various works in the varsity. It states `80 crore would be required for the renovation of the Mechanical Block and other buildings at University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), `10 crore for Kolar Postgraduate Centre, `15 crore for renovation of administrative offices and others at Central College and `20 crore for the under-construction buildings at the Jnana Bharathi campus.
Taking a dig at the Registrar, Prabu Dev stated, “A senior official of the University is bent upon showing the media the unused toilets at Bangalore University. I request the official to use his high clout and influence to get the required funds for the upgradation. I do not understand the eagerness to expose the underbelly of Bangalore University. It is as much his disgrace as that of other officers.”
Citing reasons for the delays caused in renovation and repair works, he said, “The Central College and attached buildings are more than 100 years old and some of them, including the Vice-Chancellor’s office, which seeps during rainy season cannot be repaired and re-structured by a cosmetic touch up. We do not have the required equipment.”
He further stated that UVCE principal Dr K R Venugopal had submitted a proposal for a new Mechanical Block, 400-bed hostel and a museum as part of the forthcoming centenary celebrations of UVCE, which was pending with the government.