Condemning the dismissal of Kannada writer and professor T.R Chandrashekhar by the Syndicate of Hampi University, the Karnataka Rajya Samanvaya Samiti has sought the intervention of Governor and Chancellor of the university H.R. Bhardwaj on the issue.
In a press release, samiti president R.K. Hudagi and general secretary T. Surendra Rao alleged that the Syndicate had dismissed Prof. Chandrashekhar for a petty reason stating that he had not obtained approval from the university for a project on the Raichur Zilla Panchayat.
That was not the real reason behind his dismissal, they claimed.
In the release, they said that Prof. Chandrashekhar had opposed the government’s decision to transfer 80 acres of land belonging to Hampi University to private parties.
Apart from this, he exposed the irregularities and corruption during flood relief work in parts of north Karnataka, the release said.
He also played a key role in the protests against the illegal mining and lapses in the food policy.
The office-bearers of the samiti said that Prof. Chandrashekhar had been working on creating awareness about various issues among the community.
Those who were against it were sending warning signals to the teaching community by punishing him, they stated in the release.
The samiti has appealed to the Registrar of the university to not implement the decision of the syndicate, and urged the government to revoke his dismissal order.