Published On: Tue, Feb 14th, 2012

Dr. V.S. Acharya, Karnataka Higher Education minister passes away

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V S Acharya

Dr. V S Acharya

Dr. Acharya was an MBBS from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, and  used to run his clinic before he became a minister. Starting at an early age in politics he was elected as the youngest municipal president of Udupi at the age of 28 in 1968. He was among the senior most BJP leaders in south India . Known as Mr. Clean due to his honesty and integrity, he was also considered an economist and a financial wizard at heart than a doctor after he became a politician.

A man with vision and foresight, Acharya during his term as medical education minister in 2006, he gave sanction to set up six new government medical colleges in a single academic year. As a Higher Education minister, he worked toward transparency in the functioning of the department tainted with allegations of corruption and nepotism. He had a straightforward approach towards the problems faced by universities in the state. He also ensured enough funds for higher education institutes.

He is survived by wife, four sons and a daughter.