- Rs 4.5 crore was spent to renovate the V-C’s residence
- Five LED TVs worth Rs 24 lakh
- Veneer panelling cost Rs 50.5 lakh
- Rs 1.1 lakh was spent on fixing an imported name plate
Twenty days after a notice was issued by the Governor and Chancellor seeking an explanation on various alleged irregularities at the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Belagavi, its Vice-chancellor and Registrar have not responded to it.
On January 28, based on the report submitted by the Justice K N Keshavanarayana fact-finding committee, Governor Vajubhai Vala issued a notice to VTU V-C Dr H Maheshappa and registrar Dr K E Prakash. The deadline to submit the explanation was 10 days.
When contacted, Maheshappa said, “We need time to justify ourselves. We are planning to send a reply by next week.”
The Executive Council members of VTU have asked the V-C to call an emergency meeting of the council to discuss the issue before giving a reply. “Despite repeated requests to call for an emergency meeting, the authorities have not bothered at all. We are bringing to the notice of the Chancellor that the reply is of an individual and not approved or discussed in the council,” a senior Executive Council member said.
Highly placed sources said the Chancellor is all set to send another notice.
- Belagavi Private Contractors’ Association alleged that Rs 4.5 crore was spent to renovate the V-C’s residence
- Five LED TVs worth Rs 24 lakh and various bathroom fittings costing Rs 40 lakh were installed during the renovation. Veneer panelling cost Rs 50.5 lakh and Rs 1.1 lakh was spent on fixing an imported name plate
- Irregularities in appointing 168 non-teaching staff
- Reduction of corpus fund, from more than Rs 500 crore, to insignificant levels