MEPs deplore corruption, malpractice in recruitment of VCs, university staff

2,300 vacancies in public universities; The bill for the creation of 8 new universities adopted

2,300 vacancies in public universities; The bill for the creation of 8 new universities adopted

Members of the Legislative Assembly, across party lines, on Wednesday deplored corruption and irregularities in the recruitment of vice-chancellors and teaching and non-teaching faculty members at government-run universities across the country. ‘State.

Speaking on the Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill 2022, which proposed to establish eight new state universities at the district headquarters, senior member Krishna Byre Gowda (Congress) mentioned irregularities and scams in the recruitment of vice-chancellors and faculty members and in promotions.

He said that the recruitments had been made without forming selection committees. Ineligible candidates and unqualified candidates who had not passed NET and SET, without Ph.D. and research experience had been recruited. Many faculty members were promoted as professors in violation of UGC standards, the state university law and government rules and regulations, he said.

Mr Gowda said widespread and rampant corruption has caused higher education standards in universities to deteriorate. The 2018 CAG report and the Public Accounts Committee report had pointed to malfeasance at public universities, he pointed out.

Mr Gowda said many MPs are recommending names for vice-chancellorships. The vice chancellors provide bogus reports to the governor who is the chancellor of the universities and legalize all illegal recruitments and activities.

Bribe for VC dates

Eshwar Khnadre (Congress) said ₹5 crore to ₹20 crore is paid for Vice Chancellor positions. There were no basic amenities and facilities for students at universities and PG centers. Corruption and poor practices in recruitment were rampant, he said.

MB Patil, PT Parameshwar Naik (both from Congress) and AT Ramaswamy and GT Deve Gowda (both from JD-S) said a large number of teaching posts were vacant at 26 universities and guest lecturers had been appointed.

Mr Ramaswamy said reputable private universities receive donations and allow students to copy the exam to get higher marks. Students who study at state universities get lower grades. The quality of education has suffered from poor faculty in universities, Ramaswamy said.

Veeranna Charantimath (BJP) said Rani Chennamma University, Belagavi has no buildings or faculty members to provide quality education.

Priyank Kharge (Congress) called it an “appeasement bill” and the government was ill-equipped to come up with new educational policy agendas.

Aravind Bellad (BJP) explained several frauds in the recruitment process in universities. Shivananda Patil (Congress) demanded the withdrawal of the bill.

President Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, who spent 20 years at ABVP, said the quality of education at state universities was pathetic. Many students from the state leave for higher education in Canada and other countries.

Members of all parties said that ₹14 crore per year was insufficient to establish the new university. Nearly ₹150 crore was needed to establish a new university.

CN Higher Education Minister Ashwath Narayan said the bill proposes to establish Bidar University, Haveri University, Kodagu University, Chamarajanagar University, Hassan University, Koppal University, Mandya University and Bagalkot University in respective district headquarters.

Dr. Narayan said the department will issue a new university law to address all challenges and ensure transparency in recruitment and construction works in universities. He said 2,300 positions were vacant at existing universities.

The bill passed the Legislative Assembly by voice vote.

Probe Wanted in Mangalore University Affairs

Deputy Opposition Leader UT Khader and D. Vedavyas Kamath (BJP) on Wednesday called for an investigation into irregularities in financial aspects and recruitments at Mangalore University.

Mr. Khader said Mangalore University was downgraded from ‘A’ grade to ‘B’ grade due to poor quality of teaching and teaching faculty. He said Syndicate members at the university hold meetings at five-star hotels in Bengaluru. Rampant irregularities in staff recruitment and outsourcing are other reasons for the university’s pathetic situation, he said.

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