Bengaluru (IE): Health Minister U T Khader’s brother has been nominated to the Senate of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
Similarly, a close friend of Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil’s has made it to the list of Senate nominees announced on Thursday.
Khader’s brother Prof U T Iftikar Ali hails from Mangaluru, and his term as a member of the Syndicate ended recently.
Patil’s friend Dr Shivananda S Bheemalli is Associate Professor at MR Medical College in Kalaburagi.
Some academics are questioning the propriety of the nominations. “Senate and Syndicate members should not be appointed under political influence,” said a former vice chancellor of the university.
Dr M S Thimmappa, former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, was critical, too. “In a large state like Karnataka, don’t you have anyone more qualified and esteemed than your relatives and friends?” he said.
Dr Sharan Prakash Patil, however, justified the nominations. “Is being a minister’s friend a disqualification?” he said. No political influence had come into play, he claimed. “Everyone we have appointed is eligible. Dr Bheemalli was a member of the Medical Council of India and an MLC candidate from the graduates’ constituency,” he said.
Khader said, “I have not influenced the appointments. My brother is eligible. His career should not be adversely affected just because he is my brother.”
Guv’s Nominees: Some names have got a second term. Dr Pradeep, who was in the Senate in the last term, has been nominated again by Governor Vajubhai Vala. Similarly, Dr Ramakrishna is back in the Senate. Dr Mohan Alva, nominated by Vala to the Syndicate, has been in the Syndicate and the Senate for many years.