Wait till Hyderabad Karnataka gets special status: samiti
Bellary witnessed two different demonstrations on Saturday. While the Bellary Zilla Hitarakshana Samiti urged Vijayanagar Sri Krishnadevaraya University to defer the ongoing recruitment process, a group of students staged a protest demanding basic infrastructure on the campus.
Over 40 protesters, representing the newly formed samiti, were arrested by the police when they tried to enter the university campus and stop the Syndicate members, who were in a meeting to approve 45 posts already filled, from carrying on with the recruitment process, in view of the special status to be granted to the Hyderabad Karnataka region. They were released later.
The samiti members were of the view that the ongoing recruitment of 104 personnel should be stopped till both the Houses of Parliament approved the Bill sanctioning special status to the Hyderabad Karnataka region by amending the Constitution, so that local candidates could reap the benefits.
They pointed out that once all the 104 posts were filled, educated youth from the most backward districts of Bellary, Koppal, Raichur, Gulbarga, Bidar and Yadgir would be deprived of employment opportunities in the university for the next three decades, S. Pannaraj, convener of the samiti, said.
The samiti took exception to what they described as sudden transfer of Mallika Ghanti, a professor at the postgraduate centre of the university in Sandur for the past 16 years.
Mr. Pannaraj, Chaganur Mallikarjun Reddy, K. Nagabhushan Rao, H.S. Patil, Allum Prabhu Bettadur, Rizwan Khan, Kundapur Nagaraj, Kappagal Chandrashekar Achar, Sidmal Manjunath were among those arrested.
Meanwhile, a group of students of the university staged a demonstration in protest against the alleged shortage of staff, which, according to them, was adversely affecting their education. They alleged that the university lacked basic infrastructure such as a library, hostels, a canteen and laboratories. They criticised the Vice-Chancellor of the university, members of the Syndicate and the Academic Council for their failure to provide proper facilities to students. They submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the Vice-Chancellor.