The Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi will no longer be under the control of the State with the “erroneous notification” of the Muzrai Department published in April 2003 being withdrawn with immediate effect.
Briefing presspersons on the Government Order, Minister for Higher Education and Udupi district in-charge, V.S. Acharya, said the 800-year-old temple would be administered by the Ashta Maths, as has been practised for several centuries.
The Paryaya swamiji, who offers worship to Lord Krishna at the temple, will also administer the Krishna Math, and both the math and the temple were considered an integral math in accordance with a judgment of the Supreme Court.
Dr. Acharya said it was unfortunate that a government department issued an erroneous notification classifying the Sri Krishna Temple, along with several other temples, as a property of the Government.
A formal representation was made to the Government in August 2008 requesting that the Sri Krishna Temple be denotified from the list of temples notified by the Muzrai Department as those belonging to the Government.
Education: In another development, the Government has written to the Union Home Minister highlighting what it has termed the non-cooperation of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj in the administration of the State.
Dr. Acharya said it was improper of the Governor to turn down the suggestion of the State Government, based on the recommendations of a search committee, in the appointment of vice-chancellors.In a recent case, the Governor turned down the appointment of S.B. Hinchageri as the Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak University, Dharwad, and instead appointed H.B. Walikar, he said.This has been challenged in the Karnataka High Court.
The Minister said of the 11 government engineering colleges approved by the Yeddyurappa Government so far, civil works of 10 colleges were in progress.
Among the college buildings in the final stages of construction are those in Haveri, Hassan and Ramanagaram. The Government had called for appointment of 60 assistant professors for the engineering colleges and 470 teaching staff for the polytechnics.