Well-known social activist Nagaraj Hongal

DHARWAD: Taking a strong exception to excess political interference in the university affairs, Janajagruti Vedike President Nagaraj Hongal has urged the Governor, who is also the chancellor of the varsity to revoke the membership of the Syndicate members, nominated to Karnataka University by the State government.

In a letter written to the Governor, Hongal said, the State government had appointed some persons as members to KUD Syndicate. But, as per the Universities Act, 2000 (Section 28)(1), only educationists, and proven experts in different fields could be appointed as the Syndicate members as they had a crucial role to play in framing policies and programmes to make higher education more meaningful and relevant.

But, Hongal said, the government had thrown all these rules to the wind by appointing some persons who are ‘ineligible and affiliated to a political party’ to the KUD Syndicate. The government-nominated members had no worth a qualification. He said, these nominations were even against the norms prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

He said, the universities should be free from political interference. Therefore, the syndicate members should not affiliate themselves any political ideology.

But, the government nominated members to KUD were connected with political parties in one or the other way. As these members had a political background, their decisions were bound to be motivated by political ideology, he said, and the Governor to withdraw their nominations, Hongal said.

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