Students of Krishnadevaraya University (SKU), who have been protesting against illegal appointments for 28 days, were taken by surprise on Tuesday when the administration called in the police when they tried to barge into the administrative block.

The students, however, relented after Vice-Chancellor K. Ramakrishna Reddy promised to implement GO 203 - regarding suspension of 21 illegally appointed persons - and take up the issue on Wednesday at the Executive Council meeting.

Speaking to The Hindu , the student organisations, which formed into a Joint Action Committee (JAC), alleged that the Vice-Chancellor had unilaterally, on a request, extended the last date of response to the show cause notice served on those found illegally appointed by former V-C Kusuma Kumari.

“The V-C extended the date by 10 days, from July 17 July to 26, although he should have done it after getting it ratified by the Executive Council, alleged Pratap furnishing a letter with the signature of the Registrar on it.

The student unions further alleged that the Vice-Chancellor was not inclined to take a decision on the implementation of GO No 203 issued by the State on the basis of the Justice Hanumanthu report and left the decision to the court although he had the authority to take a decision in the matter. Unless action was taken against the persons responsible for making illegal appointments, there was no scope for recruiting new persons in different departments which were facing acute shortage of professors. The English Department was being run by a single man, who would retire soon. The students demanded action against illegal appointees and sought fresh recruitments.

‘Show cause notice served on persons illegally appointed by former V-C Kusuma Kumari unilaterally extended by 10 days by the present V-C’