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    BU comes under KIC scanner


    BU comes under KIC scanner

    BANGALORE: Bangalore University is set to pay a heavy price for letting lakhs of files gather dust for over 25 years. The Karnataka Information Commission has taken note of BU’s failure to digitize its documents, as mandated under the Right to Information Act, and asked the varsity to explain why it has not done so.

    The KIC has also threatened BU with a hefty penalty if it doesn’t digitize the data soon. What triggered the direction is BU’s failure to provide information and allow inspection of files under RTI.

    Though the Herculean task is set to cost BU crores, the varsity doesn’t really have a choice. According to the Act, all public authorities — varsities included — must maintain their records duly catalogued and indexed, computerized and accessible across the country.

    Moreover, BU should have published details with regard to its functioning within 120 days of the enactment of the Act.

    State Information Commissioner H N Krishna told The Times of India: "The information should have been posted on the website by October 15, 2005. Failure to comply with norms has lead to numerous complaints landing before the commission."

    Over thousands of files are opened and maintained every month at BU. These pertain to issues like individual payments, academic activities, receipts of grants from different agencies, resolutions of governing bodies (Syndicate and academic council), results, marks cards and convocation.

    "The cost of collating the information, scanning it and other processes will run up to several crores. Financial implications apart, who will perform such a laborious task?" said university officials.

    But KIC is in no mood to listen. The case is expected to come up before it on January 8.

    BU comes under KIC scanner-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India





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    Quote Originally Posted by karira View Post


    "The cost of collating the information, scanning it and other processes will run up to several crores. Financial implications apart, who will perform such a laborious task?" said university officials.

    Sir, you will have to do it !
    Citizens of this country have been doing such tasks for generations, for every law, act, rule, etc. made by the Government.
    Under the RTI Act, you are supposed to do it.
    Please do not shy away from your responsibility.
    Last edited by karira; 26-12-07 at 02:05 PM.

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