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Deshpande not in mood to listen Bangalore University Task force report

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Deshpande refuses to accept BU report
Bangalore University (BU) Academic Council member and Task Force Chairman H Karan Kumar have reacted to Minister for Higher Education R V Deshpande's refusal to accept the task force's final report by calling him ‘ignorant.'

Kumar, who was turned away by Deshpande on Tuesday when he approached him with a copy of the report at Vidhana Soudha, said the Minister was ‘unaware of the Task Force submitting its final report to the BU Vice-Chancellor a day before and the minister ‘was in no mood to listen to what he was saying.'

Recently, Bangalore University task force recommended canceling the approval of 43 B.Ed colleges for the academic year 2013-14. However, the university has decided to give affiliation to these colleges ‘in the interest of students'.

Mr. Deshpande commenting over teacher education courses with specific reference to B.Ed colleges affiliated to Bangalore University. The government had formed 33 teams that would be visiting all B.Ed colleges across the State.

On Deshpande's remark that the Task Force was breaching procedure by approaching him directly, Kumar said, "There is no procedural lapse, it may not be proper to comment on the height of ignorance and arrogance shown by the Minister," he said and added Tuesday's incident was only a reaction of the Minister, ‘not a pro-chancellor.'

Further, the point to be noted is almost all universities are functioning under the purview of Karnataka State Universities (KSU) Act, 2000, and only they have only academic autonomy and not administrative autonomy.

University campus to get Speed breakers:
Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Siddaiah said the main road laid inside the Jnanabharthi campus, Bangalore University (BU) by the Palike at the total cost of Rs 11.25 crore, will get speed breakers installed at 11 places.

Higher Education and Tourism Minister R V Deshpande had recently instructed the Commissioner to put the speed breakers since numerous students travel at high speed on the road, stated the BBMP press release.

BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah carried out an inspection inside the campus and interacted with the University officials to get their suggestions regarding road safety. He ordered the engineers from the Major Roads department to set up scientific speed breakers at 11 places and do road marking, the release added.

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