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It is up to the Vice-Chancellor to take action in the matter, says M.G. Krishnan

Puttaraju had refused to hand over charge after he was transferred

Higher Education Department has recommended action against Puttaraju

BANGALORE: The State Government has sought disciplinary action against the former Registrar (Evaluation) of Bangalore University G. Puttaraju for dishonouring the Government Order by refusing to hand over charge to his successor N.S. Talwar in November this year.

Taking serious exception to the action of Dr. Puttaraju, the Higher Education Department has written to the Registrar M.G. Krishnan to initiate disciplinary action against the official for violating the rules by dishonouring the Government Order. The Higher Education Department has asked the university to send an action taken report in the matter.

The department has referred to the refusal of the then Registrar Dr. Subramanya and Dr. Puttaraju to hand over charge to the newly appointed Registrars Dr. Krishnan and Prof. Talwar.

“The newly appointed Registrars were turned away by them, thereby dishonouring the Government Order,” the letter said.

When The Hindu contacted Prof. Krishnan, he confirmed receipt of the communication from the Government and added that he had forwarded the same to Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev.

“It is up to the Vice-Chancellor to act in the matter,” Prof. Krishnan said.

Answer scripts

Meanwhile, Dr. Prabhu Dev has defended the university’s move to print answer scripts outside the printing press of the university due to its insufficient capacity to print the required numbers.

He was responding to the criticism levelled against the university by Syndicate member Ranganath that the printing of answer scripts had been outsourced to private printers despite the university having its own printing press.

About 18 lakh answer scripts, including 15 lakh for undergraduate courses, were required for the recent semester examinations. But the printing press could print only 4 lakh scripts.

There was a shortfall of 14 lakh scripts. “The shortfall in the answer scripts were printed outside,” Dr. Prabhu Dev said in a statement.

Syndicate meeting

Meanwhile, the Bangalore University Syndicate meeting held here on Thursday has resolved to write to the Deputy Commissioner of Ramanagara district seeking allotment of land for establishing a postgraduate centre at Ramanagaram.

The meeting resolved to visit the postgraduate centre in Kolar to expedite the construction of a new campus. The Syndicate had decided to approve the institution of a four-year B.S. degree course in Bangalore University from 2010-11.

“It has been decided to call for applications from reputed colleges affiliated to Bangalore University to start the course,” a statement said.