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Dr Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University on verge of closure?

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Mysuru: Dr Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University has no permanent lecturers since last 11 years. The State Government too has not provided grants since the last two years.

The government has not even paid salaries to employees and guest lecturers since last six months. The Higher Education Department was instructed to relieve 21 temporary and 10 non-teaching staff from duty. It has raised a serious question whether University would survive or not. The varsity has all guest lecturers and temporary employees sans finance officer and Vice-chancellor.

The University has 31 guest lecturers, research students and students 244 in studying here.

Speaking to News Karnataka VC Professor Nagesh V. Bettakote said that the varsity has not received accreditation. The varsity should get 12 B accreditation to get UGC grants and salary and facilities to employees.

He said if the government appoints regular lecturers and provide facilities it will get grants. He said that there is no chance of closure of varsity as it has sufficient number of students and lecturers.

The government has not released grants though earlier it was giving Rs. 3 Crore grants per annum. The varsity spending Rs. 2.5 Crore every year on salaries. The varsity has Rs 12 Crore fixed deposits, but it should be utilised for development only. He said that the syndicate has decided to hold a meeting with the State Higher Education Minister over the order of relieving lecturers and employees.

The State Government had sanctioned 15 lecturer posts in the year 2012 but the erstwhile VC did not take steps for an appointment.  The varsity was started in the year 2009 in a Government Higher Primaty School building in Lakshmipura here. The Varsity appealed State Education Department to transfer this land to the State Higher Education Department. Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has sanctioned  7 acres of land for the construction of a university in Sardar Vallabhabai Patel Nagar.

Varsity Syndicate member Prof. D. Shivalingaiah said the varsity can be run by appointing guest lecturers under UGC norms, and thus the question of closure does not arise.

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