No more political nominations to varsity senates: Deve Gowda

By PTI Published on Jul 28, 2018 01:30 PM IST

Bengaluru: Karnataka Higher Education Minister G T Deve Gowda today said the government aims to do away with political nominations to state-run university senates and syndicates.

The education department has decided to fill 5,000 vacant posts of teaching staff in degree colleges of the state in six months, he told reporters here.

"Our intention is that syndicate and senate members should be experts in education, those who have eligibility should be selected for the posts," Gowda said. Asked whether the government will completely stop political appointments to university syndicates and senates, he said the intention was to avoid such appointments.

"But there may be some cases of exceptions as there may be some politicians who are also subject experts," he said. The state government had recently decided to withdraw the nominations made by the previous government to syndicates of state-run universities despite a letter from former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to his successor H D Kumaraswamy asking him to retain the nominees.

Defending the decision, Gowda said, last time when the new government came to power with Siddaramaiah as Chief Minister, they too had withdrawn the nominations even though the members were appointed six months ago. About filling 5,000 vacant posts of teaching staff, including principals, the Minister said, the finance department has sought a proposal regarding this. "It may take about six months time to complete the process," he said.

The minister stressed the need to bring in changes in higher education to provide quality education to students to make them compete in the fast-changing world. Gowda said there were plans to start skill development as a subject.

About 102 colleges do not have own buildings, he said, adding that the department was in talks with several corporates to involve them and use CSR funds towards various activities, including the development of infrastructures.

Speaking about the allocation made in the budget for infrastructure like buildings, the Minister said talks were on with NABARD for higher allocation of funds. "Talks are on with the World Bank to get funding for the purpose," he added.