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Music varsity VC files police complaint against registrar

Prestigious Karnataka State Dr Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University is in the news again; VC accuses registrar of harassment; fact finding committee visits university

The prestigious Karnataka State Dr Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University in the city is in the news again for wrong reasons. And this time, a complaint has been filed at the Lakshmipuram police station by the Vice Chancellor of the university Vidushi Dr Sarvamangala Shankar against Registrar Prof Rangaswamy accusing him of harassment and threatening her.

The Karnataka State Dr Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University, the first music university in South India and second in the country, was established in Mysuru as the city symbolises the country’s cultural heritage. It is a centre for learning, disseminating and teaching music and performing arts.

In her complaint, Dr Sarvamangala Shankar has alleged that Rangaswamy was harassing her and behaved indecently, causing her mental trauma. She alleged that Rangaswamy was a threat and sought police protection.

Dr Sarvamangala Shankar has alleged that Registrar Rangaswamy was involved in various irregularities in the university as he was the in charge of finances. “Due to some technical issues, his salary was not cleared for a month and making an issue out of it, he barged into my chamber many times and threatened me,” she has stated.

Denying her allegations, Rangaswamy, however, said that Dr Sarvamangala Shankar’s words were far from truth. “The complaint has been filed because I had raised my voice against the appointment of retired music teachers and also against the VC’s demand for enhancement of her house rent,” he said.

Rangaswamy added that there were several other issues which he had opposed as they contradicted the rules and regulation of the university.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

It may be mentioned here that in March this year, a group of girl students pursuing BA and Diploma courses at the university had accused a lecturer of sexual harassment and demanded his immediate transfer. According to students, Shivakumar, who taught Hindustani music at the university, behaved indecently with girl students and sent lewd messages.

COMMITTEE VISITS UNIVERSITY

A three-member fact finding committee visited the university on Saturday. The members had discussions with the university authorities including the vice-chancellor, registrar and staff.

The committee visited the campus following Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s directive. Several Syndicate members of the university had met the CM and had demanded a probe into the varsity affairs. They had told Siddaramaiah that the university was not being run professionally and the ego clash between the vice-chancellor and the registrar was bringing a bad name to the university.

Accordingly, the CM had asked the higher education department to constitute a committee and submit him a report.

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