Four days after Governor and Chancellor H.R. Bhardwaj blamed the State government for the delay that caused the extension of the tenure of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Vice-Chancellor H. Maheshappa, the government defended itself saying its job ended with choosing a government’s nominee to the search committee.

Prof. Maheshappa’s three-year term as VC, which was to end on June 30, was extended by a year in a surprise move by the Raj Bhavan. This, even though the search committee had submitted a list of four names on June 29.

The Governor, in his statement, had said, “The government appointed its nominee (Indian Institute of Science director P. Balaram) in the last minute, and he did not even attend the meeting. Also, there was no unanimity on the panel of names, so I decided to extend the existing Chancellors’ term according to a legal provision.”

However, Higher Education Department officials said the accusation came as a surprise to them, as their role ended with the appointment of its nominee, which was made on June 27.