The affairs of Sri Krishnadevaraya University touched a new low on Wednesday with squabbling of the decision making authorities.

The Executive Council meeting of the SKU was cancelled abruptly today with not a single subject of the agenda being addressed, leaving the future students of the various post graduate courses at the university high and dry as many run the risk of completing their courses before the next EC meeting.

While the last EC meeting which took place a year ago got cancelled on issues which related to appointments made by the former Vice Chancellor of the SKU - Kusuma Kumari, the current one got cancelled over the non eligibility of a few aspirants to two UGC sponsored temporary posts, due for appointment in the Centre for Exclusive and Inclusive Policy (CEIP) at the SKU. Each EC meeting costs the university over Rs 2 lakh to be held.

The University had decided, in observance of due process, that a few aspirants for the posts of Associate and Assistant professors in the CEIP were not eligible for the interviews to be held for filling up the same.

Upon the aggrieved approaching the High Court, the court gave directions to the SKU to put in abeyance the process of filling up the two posts in the CEIP.

Representation to the Executive Council

Even as the EC meeting at Hyderabad started off, the aggrieved made a representation to the EC regarding their grievances which became the core issue thereby all issues on the agenda vital to the running of the academic calendar of the university being ignored.

Speaking to The Hindu , the SKU Vice-Chancellor, K Ramakrishna Reddy described as highly unfortunate the fact that the meeting was abruptly cancelled without main issues such as according sanctity to the temporary appointments made to the post graduate courses in pharmacy and engineering courses at the SKU engineering college being discussed at all, let alone be decided upon.

“It is highly unfortunate that the EC didn't take into cognisance the future of hundreds of students in the various single teacher departments in the university, which have remained so for the last several years and the heavily understaffed post graduate courses in the Engineering college at the University.

Academic standards

Unless the university has a full time EC, such issues might well never be solved while the students continue to lose out and the academic standards of the university inch their way into an abyss", said PLN Reddy,a former EC member of the SKU and a former syndicate member at the Sri Venkateswara University.

Mr PLN Reddy also suggested that the the EC give the suitable credibility to the SKU VC to fill up all necessary posts temporarily until permanent arrangements are made.