Governor and Chancellor H R Bhardwaj has made it clear that he cannot manage universities and that it is the job of the Syndicate and Vice-Chancellors to look after themselves.
“Let me tell you, after appointment of V-Cs, I cannot manage universities. It is the job of their Syndicate and Vice-Chancellors to look after themselves. The Chancellor’s intervention at every stage is not provided in the (Karnataka State Universities) Act,” Bhardwaj told reporters when asked if he would intervene in universities that are dogged by controversies.
Bhardwaj declined to comment on the decision of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) to decrease PhD entrance exam eligibility marks from 50 to 40 per cent to allegedly favour Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree, who had secured 43 marks.
“I cannot comment for individual universities. I have read about it in the newspapers. The V-C is coming to see me and I will discuss with him. I have come from Delhi very recently...I will enquire,” he said.
When asked about the marks scam that has hit Bangalore University, where a former Syndicate member was taken into police custody, Bhardwaj said it has come to his notice.
“I think the BU V-C is competent to handle this. He will deal with the old elements,” he said.
However, Bhardwaj said that he would take note of media reports on such controversies.
“If anything comes from the press, then certainly I will take note of it, call the V-C and ask for his comments. In a society like ours, we have to be vigilant. I assure you, I will respond to media reports very positively,” he stated.
He further said that he is awaiting recommendations from the State government for the post of Mangalore University V-C that fell vacant following the end of T C Shivashankara Murthy’s term.
“I have not received any papers from the government for the last one month because of elections. This (appointment) has been pending and it has to be done. Once the recommendations come, I will not withhold (my decision) even for two minutes. I will apply my mind and pass orders,” Bhardwaj said.