Belagavi: Kannada authors on Tuesday staged a protest to oppose government move of bifurcating the Visvesvaraya Technological University. A group of writers led by Journalist Sarjoo Katkar held a protest on deputy commissioner’ office premises and forwarded a memorandum addressed to CM Kumaraswamy through the district administration demanding to roll back the announcement of bifurcating the university, else the protest may add demand for the separate state. Though no one asked for the bifurcation, the chief minister has announced about it in the recently tabled budget. He said the government has planned to shift a few branches to Hassan division to reduce the burden on VTU. The writers argued that if so than bifurcate Rajeev Gandhi University of Health Sciences located at Bengaluru and shift to Belagavi and the health university has much burden than VTU.