Govt appoints top KAS officer as University of Mysore registrar

Jun 7, 2017

MYSURU: The state government has sought to put an end to the tiff between the authorities at the top echelons of administration in University of Mysore by appointing a senior KAS officer as the registrar.

With this, KAS officer D Bharati, who has been appointed as the registrar, has become the first woman to hold the post in the 100-year history of the university.

Bharati said that she got the copy of the order posting her as the registrar on Tuesday. “I will take charge before Saturday,” she told TOI. At present, she is serving as the additional commissioner of Mysuru regional commissionerate in the city.

Prof R Rajanna, who is the incumbent registrar, told TOI that he is not aware of his transfer. “I’m in Bengaluru on an official work, and I don’t know about my transfer,” he stated. Rajanna, who is a professor in the department of studies in history, served as the registrar (evaluation) for over one year before being appointed as the registrar on October 19, 2016.

Rajanna has applied for the post of the vice-chancellor. Last week, he stayed out of the special meeting of the syndicate that nominated former VC V B Countinho as its nominee, replacing former UGC chief Hari Gautham.

There was pressure on the government not to replace Rajanna even as some organizations have threatened to launch a strike in case he is transferred.

Interestingly, UoM has not received the order copy, which is seen as a move to ensure that the order is not challenged in a court of law. Earlier when the government had transferred a registrar, it had led to a legal battle.

Sources said that chief minister Siddaramaiah cleared the KAS officer’s posting following higher education minister Basavaraja Rayareddi’s request. The minister, who is also pro-chancellor, was upset with the developments in the university. He wanted an official to head the administration wing of UoM. “He had approached the chief minister — who was also upset with the controversy surrounding UoM at his hometown — and sought his permission to appoint a KAS officer to take control of the administration,” sources added.

Interestingly, the government has replaced the academician from holding the registrar’s post ahead of appointing over 250 teaching posts in the university.

This comes amidst the two-member panel comprising Kanubhai Govind Manavi, who is former VC from Gujarat, and Maruti Rao Nimbalkar, who is the Syndicate member of Rani Chennamma University, starting its probe into the charges of violation of norms during the appointment of 96 non-teaching staff. The panel members, who on Tuesday started verification of documents related to the appointments, are likely to summon the authorities concerned.

The panel has been appointed by governor-chancellor Vajubhai Vala to probe into appointment of non-teaching staff taken when K S Rangappa was the VC following a complaint by in-charge VC Dayananda Mane. He had accused Rajanna of violating the norms during the appointment.