Mysuru, September 20:- The posts of vice chancellors have been kept vacant in the state for a long time. About 50 per cent of the teaching staffs are yet to be appointed. It has adversely affected the teaching and researches in the universities. The state government and the Governor should address the issues on priority basis and resolve the problems,” said Prof S N Hegde, former vice chancellor of University of Mysore (UoM), at a press meet held at Mysuru Press Club on Wednesday.
The press meet was organised under the auspices of the Association of Former Vice Chancellors of Karnataka.
“Instead of taking actions to solve the problems at the universities, the state government is planning to start new varsities. Several universities do not possess accreditation and are facing financial problems. The administrators have been neglecting these issues. Keeping in mind the future of the students, these problems should be resolved,” he added.
“About seven varsities in the state without VCs. Even the UoM does not have a full time vice chancellor since seven months. Though there is a minister exclusively for higher education, no action is forthcoming. Without resolving the prevailing issues, it is not feasible to start the new universities – Vishwakarma and Raj Kumar,” he added.
Former vice chancellor of Kuvempu University Prof Venkataramaiah, former VC of Dharwad University Prof M Mahadevappa and others were present.