The Forum of Former Vice-Chancellors of Karnataka State Universities (FVCK) has pointed out several issues plaguing Mysore University, including staff shortage, which need to be immediately addressed for the varsity to be eligible and short-listed as the National Institution of Eminence (NIoE).
Speaking at a press conference, S.N. Hegde, President, FVCK, said the varsity had about 50% of its sanctioned strength vacant. The University Grants Commission has shortlisted 30 higher education institutions for this purpose and only 20 of them will be given the NIoE tag.
The forum also asked the State government to speed up the appointment of a fulltime Vice-Chancellor for the university. Those who get the tag will be granted ₹1,000 crore for a five-year period and also enjoy greater academic and administrative autonomy, Prof. Hegde said.