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'Embezzlement in Karnataka University will be probed'

Allegations of misappropriation of `262 crore in Karnataka University- Dharwad will be probed, said Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande.

Published: 16th November 2013 10:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th November 2013 10:31 AM   |  A+A-

Allegations of misappropriation of `262 crore in Karnataka University- Dharwad will be probed, said Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande.

Speaking at the university campus here on Friday, he said he had sought a detailed report from the Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher Education about the allegations.

“After getting the report, an inquiry will be ordered and the Governor will also be apprised of the issue,” he said.

When asked if the Vice-Chancellor H B Walikar will be changed if the report finds fault with him, Deshpande said it was a matter to be handled by the Governor and not him. He said the department had decided to appoint 430 lecturers for degree colleges, but the proposal was pending with the Finance Department for approval. There are 3,500 vacant teaching posts in the Higher Education Department, he added.

Stressing the need for strengthening the DNA research institute at the KUD campus, Deshpande said the centre was an autonomous one. There have been allegations of administrative lapses when the centre was set up as the university was not taken into confidence, he said. A report in this regard is awaited, he added.

Deshpande, who thanked Karnatak University authorities for having given 50 acres of land on the University premises to set up the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), said the Government of India has approved the proposal in principle.



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