Bangalore University has violated its own regulations by giving out the Central College Grounds for AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s interactive session with students on Saturday.
A syndicate resolution says the ground should not be given out for non-academic and non-sports activities. Nine years ago, when Dr M S Thimmappa was the vice-chancellor, the question of how to use the ground came up before the syndicate. After a lengthy debate, it had passed a resolution saying the grounds would not be given out for non-academic and non-sports events.
The resolution was meant to stop organisations and political parties from using the ground for conferences and celebrations.
“There were occasions when the grounds were used for Navaratri. After such celebrations, it would take the university at least a week to clean up the mess,” a university official said.
After the resolution was passed, the university’s department of physical education continued to receive applications. “We got about 1,000 applications over the last nine years. We rejected all of them,” said Dr Munireddy, director of physical education. He said the varsity had agreed to provide the grounds for the Rahul Gandhi rally only because it was described as a non-political event.
Senior members of the faculty are unhappy with the concession. “Even if the organisers are claiming it is not a political event, who is the person interacting with students? He is the leader of a political party,” said a professor.
Another professor, a member of the university’s academic council, said, “If at all they wanted the space, they could have gone to National College grounds instead of forcing the university to break its own norms.”