The Hindu in a special interview of VC H. Maheshappa of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) the states only technological university.
The articles says, It has recently come to light that Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka’s only technological university, is not accredited to the University Grants Commission.
Why is VTU not recognized by the UGC? To this question the VC replies that, It is true that VTU has not been able to obtain UGC accreditation. The administration and examination wings have been managed by nearly 260 contract workers for the past fifteen years. The government rejected proposals to regularise their services. We obtained approval for the recruitment of teachers after pursuing the matter for long with the previous government. However, the present government has stalled interviews indefinitely under the pretext of Article 371(J). (Under Article 371(J), people in Hyderabad Karnataka region will get reservation in educational and employment opportunities.)
The UGC will not consider our application until we have our own teaching and non-teaching staff along with the required infrastructure. VTU is not even included under Section 12(B) of the UGC Act, 1956 to become eligible for Central assistance. The university is managing its affairs on its own.
The VC further adds Perhaps, VTU would have functioned much better had it been in Bangalore.