Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: “We cannot afford to leave teachers poor any longer,” Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar said here on Saturday.

Inaugurating Teachers’ Day celebrations at H.M. Gangadharaiah Memorial Hall, Mr. Kumar, who is the Minister in charge of the district, said that in the past a teacher was invariably referred to as “badamestru” (poor teacher). Although the lot of teachers had improved, governments could no longer afford to ignore their needs. “There is an urgency need to address their problems,” he said.

He, however, stressed the need for teachers to discharge their duties in such a way that all others, including politicians, could emulate them as models in public service.

Speaking to presspersons at the ceremony, the Minister said, “I am of the firm opinion that the administration of universities should be more open to the public. I am annoyed over allegations that the recruitment of teachers in Tumkur University was not made according to the rules.”

Mr. Kumar said he would write to Aravind Limbavali, Minister for Higher Education, to order a probe into recruitments made in Tumkur University since its inception.

He was reacting to an agitation by students and members of some organisations over alleged irregularities in the recruitment of clerks, teachers and guest lecturers during the past four years.