K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: The politics had entered into the Satavahana University over securing the UGC 12 B recognition to the budding university with both the BJP and TRS vying for taking credit over the sanction of UGC recognition.
Karimnagar MP and state BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar met UGC secretary and CVO Rajnish Jain on Friday in New Delhi and petitioned him for the sanction of the UGC recognition to the budding university. It may be recalled that the MP had earlier represented to the UGC for the 12-B certification. Accordingly, the UGC had sent a study committee to the university, which had conducted two-day inspections on Thursday and Friday.
Following the news about the Karimnagar MP meeting UGC secretary, Satavahana University Vice Chancellor S Mallesham suddenly visited the house of Minister for Civil Supplies Gangula Kamalakar on Saturday night and issued a press statement. In which, the Minister says the Telangana state government was taking all measures for the sanction of UGC 12-B status to the university. He also claimed that the former MP and present TS planning board vice chairman B Vinod Kumar was striving hard in securing UGC recognition.
With this development, social media platforms are making it viral about the politicisation of the UGC recognition and claiming credit. The social media postings say that the UGC recognition was a central government issue and in no way concerned with the state government. If the state government was so much concerned, then why it had failed to secure the UGC recognition during the last seven and half years after attaining power, the social media postings asked.
The social media postings also attacked the Satavahana University VC for adding politics to secure UGC recognition by hurriedly meeting the Minister at his camp office in Karimnagar town on Saturday night and taking pictures with the minister and issuing press notes. Whether the Minister had ever demanded the UGC recognition to the Satavahana university since its inception, they asked. It may be recalled that the SU was the only university in the state without UGC 12-B recognition.
The University was sanctioned in the year 2008 during the Congress regime and they had allocated more than 200 acres of precious lands to the university in Karimnagar town. Ironically, the university did not have a regular Vice Chancellor since the formation of Telangana state and it was maintained by the incharges affecting the academic activities.