With the exit of Bangalore University (BU) Vice-Chancellor N Prabhu Dev imminent, officials close to him are also likely to follow suit. One of them, according to sources, is Special Officer (Exams) Syed Jamal.
Sources say that Jamal is making preparations to quit BU as Dr Prabhu Dev is all set to assume charge as chairman of the newly formed Karnataka Health System Commission (KHSC). A retired CET Cell officer, Jamal was brought in by Prabhu Dev in April 2009, two months after taking over as VC.
Although Jamal has not officially resigned, sources said that he is waiting for Prabhu Dev to receive official orders from the state government to join KSHC. “Jamal will have to go when the VC leaves. Around 7-8 people working with Jamal in the examination section are also expected to quit,” sources said.
A section of the Syndicate and BU Non-Teaching Staff Association had strongly opposed the continuation of Jamal as Special Officer (Exams). They alleged that he superseded the university staff in several critical exam-related decisions.
Registrar (Administration) B C Mylarappa said that he would call on Commissioner of PU Education and Executive Director of Karnataka Examinations Authority Chakravarthy Mohan to get a replacement for Jamal.
“I have heard that he (Jamal) is quitting. In that case, the examination section will be handicapped. I will visit KEA to get some officers to the university who can train existing staff, which Jamal has not done in three years,” Mylarappa said.