DHARWAD/BENGALURU: Six universities in Karnataka are headless. They have had no vice-chancellors for various reasons retirement, suspension and tenure completion. Also, most of the posts have been lying vacant for almost half a year, hindering the functioning of these centres of learning.
Five of these varsities Karnataka State Sanskrit University, Bengaluru; Kuvempu University, Shivamogga; Shri Krishnadevaraya University, Ballari; Rani Channamma University, Belagavi; and Gulbarga University, Kalaburgi have been headless for six months. In Karnatak University, Dharwad, the post fell vacant on October 23 after the chancellor suspended H B Walikar, who was arrested by Lokayukta police under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The government has constituted search committees for four of the six varsities but the University Grants Commission (UGC) is yet announce its nominees for the panels. The delay is prolonging the process of appointing VCs, say higher education department officials. The government has written to the UGC to name the nominees but has got no response so far.
The Gulbarga University syndicate had nominated Walikar for the search panel but his name had to be dropped after the arrest. The search committee for Karnatak University is yet to be constituted, sources said.
Acting VCs are managing the show in all these centres but their powers are limited. They can't take decisions on fee concession, recruitment of staff and introduction of new courses. In some varsities, decisions taken during the tenure of the outgoing vice-chancellor are yet to be implemented.