Mysuru: University of Mysuru Vice Chancellor Mr K.S. Rangappa who is demitting office on Tuesday after his three-year term, claimed that "Interference by politicians and the bureaucracy is reducing the quality of universities. Merit should be restored aand sanctity of universities must be preserved. With 75 percent of the vacancies among granted posts, the University of Mysuru may lose its recognition, if the vacancies are not filled in a year or two,” he said.
Speaking to mediapersons on Monday, he said, 80 percent of students are from rural areas, who cannot afford to get education in private institutions. The government should ensure accountability and the government and bureaucracy must play an adhoc role but should not interfere in the functioning of the varsity, he said.
The VC said the University of Mysuru had witnessed several landmark events during its centenary celebrations. They had the President of India for the inauguration of the centenary celebrations, the Vice President for the valedictory and the Prime Minister for the inauguration of the 103rd Indian Science Congress with more than 10 Nobel laureates visiting the University during the centenary year.
The UoM has academic collaborations with over 50 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia with 1600 students studying here. But among 660 permanent posts granted in 1970 for 24 departments, currently only 128 posts are filled in 54 departments. Atleast 1000 permanent faculties are needed with a teacher to student ratio of 1:40. “Despite efforts for two years, the government has prevented me from filling the posts,” Mr Rangappa said.