Amending University Act of 2000 is harmful: Congress leader Venkatesh

Appointment of directors to Rangayana should be referred by Ranga Samaja, says Venkatesh

Mysuru, February 25:- Former chairman of Mysuru Paints and Varnish Limited Mysuru H A Venkatesh opined that amending the criteria of appointing vice-chancellors of universities according to Karnataka State University Act 2000 is a harmful move.

He was speaking at a press meet held at Mysuru Press Club on Tuesday.

“It is an attempt to cut the autonomous status of universities. Rankings of various universities of the state have come down at the national level. This amendment will further affect the quality of the universities,” he added.

“Government should explain to the public on what purpose it is trying to amend the Act. Educationists have to express their opinions. But trying to amend the Act without a public opinion is a suspicious move,” he said.

“The decision to appoint the vice-chancellors of universities by a committee headed by the chief minister is not right. The chief minister is the head of administration of state and not a subject expert. It is the responsibility of the chief minister and higher education minister to protect the welfare of the universities,” he added.

“The chief minister heading a party-based government may lead to political motive in the appointment of vice-chancellors. Party workers in universities may get prominence. It may also lead to sidelining of guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) as well,” he added.

“Appointments by the government are now based on loyalty to a political party. The appointment of Rangayana director is one such example. Those who get appointed as the director of Rangayana should be the graduates of National School of Drama (NSD) and should be referred by Ranga Samaja. But the state government has appointed Addanda C Cariappa without following any of these guidelines. The government may also continue the same trend in appointing vice-chancellors of universities. This will make sure that there will be no difference between educational institutions and development boards,” he added. (MR, KS)

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