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Panel on health varsity VC to meet today

Bangalore May 29. The committee constituted by the Chancellor, V.S. Rama Devi, to select the next Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences will meet here on Thursday.

The name of the new vice-chancellor is likely to be announced on May 31, the day on which the three-year term of the incumbent, S. Chandrashekar Shetty, will expire.

Although there are several medical professionals vying for the vice-chancellorship, those figuring large are the names of the Registrar of the University, K.M. Srinivasa Gowda, the Superintendent of the Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, Chandramma, the Director of the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Prabhudeva, the Principal of the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Belgaum, H.B. Rajashekar, and that of Chandrashekar Shetty himself for a second term.

The canvassing for the post has been generally on caste lines, and there is pressure for appointing a Lingayat. There is the argument that Vokkaligas have exceeded their quota for vice-chancellorships. Dr. Srinivasa Gowda is a Vokkaliga. There is also support from some of the ministers for appointing Dr. Chandramma, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste.

The Minister of State for Higher Education and Medical Education, G. Parameshwar, told presspersons on Wednesday that he had learnt that there were 290 "applications" for appointment as vice-chancellor. As under the University Act, the Chancellor had to take the decision, the Government had only forwarded the applications of aspirants received by it.

About the adverse report of the Lokayukta against Dr. Chandrashekar Shetty, the minister said that the Government had not received it. (The Lokayukta had inquired into certain allegations against him pertaining to his directorship of the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Minto Ophthalmic Hospital in Bangalore). About Dr. Prabhudeva, the minister said that he had replied to the 15 allegations against him to the Secretary for Medical Education.

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