Bengaluru, March 16, 2016: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on Tuesday suspended vice chancellor H. Maheshappa and nominated registrar (evaluation) H.G. Shekarappa as in charge of the office.
In a communique here, Raj Bhavan said Vala, who is also the chancellor, decided to suspend Maheshappa on the basis of a fact finding committee report submitted by former high court judge K.N.
Keshavanarayana on charges of irregularities and illegalities during the vice-chancellor's tenure.
"The committee inquired into the charges and found prima facie abuse of powers and huge financial loss to the university under Maheshappa," official sources said.
About 200 state-run and private engineering colleges across the state are affiliated to the technical university, based at Belagavi in the state's northern district, about 500km from Bengaluru.
Though the panel, set up in May 8 following the allegations, gave Maheshappa an opportunity to counter the charges within 15 days, he failed to respond.
"The vice chancellor was again an opportunity on February 16 to respond within 15 days. Though he sought more time on March 3, the panel told him to file explanation till March 13. Yet, he did not respond till the suspension was ordered," a source said.
The charges against Maheshappa included irregularities in recruiting 168 teaching and non-teaching staff, substantial use of Rs.541 crore corpus fund and other lapses.
Maheshappa's second term was extended till June 30, 2016 after the first three-year term ended on June 1, 2013.
He is the first vice-chancellor of the 28-year-old technical university to face suspension.
Visvesvaraya Technology University VC suspended over graft Charge
Bengaluru, March 16, 2016: The Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University, who was under a cloud over allegations of irregularities, has been placed under suspension by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala.
The action against H Maheshappa came after his reply was sought on the findings of a one-man committee headed by former High Court judge Keshavanarayana which looked into the allegations.
Maheshappa faced charges ranging from alleged irregularities in awarding tender for construction works to appointment of 168 teaching staff in violation of government orders.
A Raj Bhavan communique said Maheshappa has been suspended with immediate effect and till further orders by the Governor, the Chancellor of Belagavi-based VTU, which has 202 affiliated engineering colleges under its jurisdiction.
It said H G Shekarappa, Registrar (Evaluation), VTU, has been nominated to carry on the duties of the office of the Vice-Chancellor till further orders.
Based on the conclusions of the facts finding committee constituted by him, the Governor had issued a notice to Maheshappa on January 29.