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What Does Bangalore Univ's Repentant State Reveal?

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Bangalore Univ Now In A Repentant State
Bangalore University's Vice chancellor N.Prabhu Dev and Registrar (Administration) BC.Mylarappa or the near physical fights during Syndicate meetings, BU finds itself neck deep in offensive situations.

Consequently, the real issues pertaining to the university's are overshadowed by personal ones. Well, it is almost as a 48 year old university that takes a step backwards for every step taken forward. For an entity that three lakh students on its rolls, it is saddled with unfulfilled promises, unimplemented projects and ambivalent decisions.

For instance, Dr.Prabhu Dev's supposed exit from the post, though he has another four months to go. Curiously, his large portrait adorms a wall that has portraits of his predecessors. He had even instructed officials not to send him any important files as it is Inappropriate" as he has been offered another government post. He has instead appointed a panel of officers to carry out his duties.

The development of distance education are determined to an institution that reaches out to a large number of rural and disadvantaged students not only because of its low fee structure but also through its distance education programme. According to the university sources, enrollment in distance education courses has come down as income from it. A syndicate member said that "Earlier, the university used to get Rs. 20Crore per year from the fee collected, and now it has come down to around 4 crore. There is not even a calender of events. What can one expect for?".

Even as there are complaints about depleting funds in some quarters, the expenses seem to be spiraling because of outsourcing which many say is unnecessary. Syndicate member DS.Krishna gives an example of the increase in the exam budget, which had increased phenomenally.

Now, BU spends Rs. 7.60 per answer scripts as it is being printed outside the university press, as opposed to Rs.2 or 3 that used to be spent earlier in its own press. They say that "In the last four years, we have had five Registrars for Administration, three Registrars for Evaluation and as many Finance Officers. Each new person, most of them professors, has to start from the scratch, wasting time".

The sources said that "There are talks going on about the bifurcation and a series of discussion will be held over the next few months. The focus will be on making two universities of equal strength". However, sources in the higher education ministry said that the proposal was very much alive.

With approximately four months to go before his tenure ends, the Vice Chancellor's answer to What prevents BU from moving forward was mystifying that 'The problem and the solution are the same.'

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