SFI stages protest on campus demanding that the Syndicate withdraw land allotment approval

Save Hampi Kannada University Action Committee urges varsity to ‘rectify' mistake at meeting

BELLARY: Two organisations have sought the allotment of land that belongs to the Kannada University and which has been given to the Sri Krishnadevaraya Punaschetan Prathisthan. The Sakhi Trust and the Buddha Basava Ambedkar Prathisthan met the university Vice-Chancellor recently and requested him to allot the land to them.

The trust and the prathisthan have sought 50 and 90 acres respectively on the university campus for their activities.

Trust director M. Bhagyalakshmi said the organisation would utilise the land to organise women's empowerment programmes, such as vocational training and setting up of cottage industries. The prathisthan sought the land to implement the Rs. 60-crore proposal to set up statues of Buddha and the sharanas, and take up study of the Pali language. The programmes would last for 60 months, during which the university would continue to maintain the land, they said. The organisations have promised to return the land to the university after that.

Demonstration

The Students' Federation of India (SFI) organised a demonstration on the university campus on Tuesday urging the Vice-Chancellor not to hand over the land to the Sri Krishnadevaraya Foundation. University research scholars also participated in the demonstration wearing black badges. Meanwhile, the Hospet-based Save Hampi Kannada University Action Committee also urged the Governor to direct the university to withdraw the approval given by the Syndicate to the allotment. Terming the Syndicate members “anti-Kannada”, the committee urged the Governor to cancel their membership.

Committee convener Parashuram Kalal urged the Syndicate to “rectify” its mistake at its March 6 meeting by withdrawing the approval.

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