BANGALORE: It may not be curtains down on the Bangalore School of Economics (BSE) after all for a team comprising Bangalore University Syndicate and Academic Council members has sought an appointment with Dr Sitaram Jindal, chairman of Jindal Aluminium Ltd to clarify their stand on the proposed School.
A representative team comprising seven members will meet Dr Jindal to clear the air and convince him to revoke his decision to withdraw the Rs 100 crore grant. The members said that the meeting has been proposed to dispel misconceptions that there was opposition for the establishment of the School of Economics, which was cited as one of the reasons by the Jindals for withdrawing their offer. The Sitaram Jindal Foundation is likely to respond to the appointment request in the next two days.
“There are news reports that the Syndicate is against the proposal. How can that be true when the proposal is yet to reach the Syndicate? We are open for discussions with the Jindal group,” said D S Krishna, a Syndicate member.
He further called for a ‘restructuring’ of the BSE report submitted by the study group. “There are several loopholes. The report needs to be restructured. It would be better if the group consists of members of the University and Jindal group,” he added. Meanwhile, it is now learnt that VC Dr N Prabhu Dev, who has not been invited to be part of this team, is in a dilemma about giving up completely on the project, indicating a resurgent hope to the project that was deemed to be dead.