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University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka
University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka
Mysore (District Mysore)
Karnataka, IndiaPin Code : 570005
University of Mysore, Mysore Karnataka is a University recognised by UGC. University of Mysore, Mysore Karnataka is also known as Mysore University.
University of Mysore, Mysore Karnataka is situated in Mysore of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mysore comes under Mysore Tehsil, Mysore District.
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The University School of Design
University of Mysore, 2nd Floor,
Senate Bhavan, Manasagangotri P.O.
MYSORE-570 006 (Karnataka)
Tel. (O): 0821-2414577, 2414515, 2419339
Vice Chancellor : vc@uni_mysore.ac.in, Prof. J. Sashidhar Prasad, Tel: 0821 2419666(O)2419350(R).
Registrar : registrar @ uni-mysore.ac.in, Shri N.D. Tiwari, Tel: 0821 2419361(O)2419313(R).
Contact Details of University of Mysore, Mysore Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-821-2419361, 2419313, 2419666, 2414577, 2414515, 2419339, 2419285
University School of Design
Department Of Studies In Management Sciences
DEPARTMENT OF STUDIES IN EDUCATION
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Profile of University of Mysore
About the University
The University of Mysore is among the foremost institutions of its kind, and is an enduring symbol in the sphere of higher education in India. It was founded by the then Maharaja of Mysore, His Highness Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and his Dewan, the renowned engineer - statesman, Sir M.Visvesvaraya, on July 27, 1916. The Maharaja of Mysore became its first Chancellor. A Bill to establish and incorporate the University was introduced in Mysore Legislative Council in 1916. It was passed unanimously on 17th July 1916. The first meeting of the University Council was held on 12th August 1916 and the first meeting of the Senate on 12th October 1916.
The University of Mysore became the first University outside the domain of the English administration in India, the sixth University in India as a whole, and the first ever University in Karnataka. During the institution of the University in 1916, four faculties were constituted viz., Arts, Science, Engineering and Technology, and Medicine. Seperate Boards of Studies and Boards of Examiners were constituted in 28 subjects. The University was also administering 12 other educational institutions.
The first Act of the University came in the year 1933 (University of Mysore Act 1933). The first report of the curriculum followed by different departments is available in the University's Calendar 1947-48. The University offered a two-year intermediate Course, three year B.A.(Hons), B.Sc.,(Hons) Degree Courses and M.A., M.Sc., Courses. There were also the faculties of Medicine and Engineering. The University also offered Diplomas in vocational subjects. The University Extension Lectures and Publication Bureau were notable features of the University.
The main campus of the University, created in 1960, lies in a picturesque area of 739 acres at the western end of the Kukkarahalli Lake. The University headquarters, the Crawford Hall, is located right across the lake on the eastern end. This inspiring locale of the campus was aptly named Manasagangotri (Fountainhead of the Ganges of the Mind) by the poet-laureate, Dr. K.V.Puttappa (Kuvempu). In due course, two satellite campuses were set up in response to the demands of post graduate education from semi-urban/rural areas: Sir M.Visvesvaraya Post Graduate Centre at Tubinakere in Mandya, and the Mysore University Post graduate Centre at Hemagangotri in Hassan.
In the beginning, the entire Princely State of Mysore comprising of nine districts came under the jurisdiction of the University. Now it is confined to Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, and Chamarajanagar districts. The remaining areas come under the Bangalore University (1964), Mangalore University (1980), and Kuvempu University (1987). The institution, incidentally, gave birth to one more University in 1996 when the Institute for Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education in the Manasagangotri campus, got transformed into the Karnataka State Open University.
The University now encompasses 122 affiliated colleges and 5 Constituent Colleges (with an aggregate of 53,000 students). In addition, the University has 37 post graduate departments, 8 specialised research & training centres and 2 post graduate centres that together offer about 55 regular academic programmes to 3,500 students. It also runs a number of employment-oriented diploma courses and certificate programmes. The post graduate departments are reputed for excellence in advanced studies and research, and have attracted projects and grants worth crores of rupees from many national and international institutions.
The University has developed excellent infrastructure for curricular and co-curricular activities. The Mysore University Library offers a collection of over 8 lakh books, 2,400 journal titles and 1 lakh volumes of journals. The main campus features an amphitheatre, an auditorium, a swimming pool, and hostels for women and men with modern amenities and comforts.
The University has established a rapport with many well-known and prestigious universities and institutions abroad for academic, technical and cultural exchange.
Having served the cause of higher education and research with distinction and dedication for almost the whole of the 20th century, the University of Mysore now envisages the 21st century as an era of even greater growth and success during which it will produce well-qualified and well-motivated youth to serve humanity as teachers, administrators, doctors, engineers, scientists, lawyers, social workers and in various other fields. As it gets closer to its centenary celebrations, the University looks forward to newer ways of fulfilling the vision of its Founding Fathers.
University of Mysore is an affiliating state university, declared as an autonomous body on 3rd March, 1956, by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The University is amongst the foremost institutions of its kind setting new standards in the sphere of higher education in India. It has been accorded with A+ status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The University of Mysore (Kannada), is among the foremost institutions of its kind, and is an enduring symbol in the sphere of higher education in India. It was founded by the then Maharaja of Mysore, His Highness Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and his Dewan, the renowned engineer-statesman Sir M.Visvesvarayya, on July 27, 1916. The Maharaja of Mysore became its first chancellor. The University came into existence on the basis of a report on educational progress in the United States and Australia, submitted by Messrs Thomas Denham and C.R.Reddy who visited these countries respectively. The University of Mysore became the first University outside the domain of the English administration in India, the sixth University in India as a whole, and the first ever University in Karnataka. It is a state University of the affiliating type, and turned autonomous on March 3, 1956, when it got recognition from the University Grants Commission.
The main campus of the University, created in 1960, lies in a picturesque area of 739 acres at the western end of the Kukkarahalli Lake. The University headquarters, the Crawford Hall, is located right across the lake on the eastern end. This inspiring locale of the campus was aptly named Manasagangotri (fountainhead of the Ganges of the Mind) by the poet-laureate, Dr. K.V.Puttappa (Kuvempu). In due course, two satellite campuses were set up in response to the demands of postgraduate education from semi-urban/rural areas: Sir M.Visveswaraya Postgraduate Centre at Tubinakere in Mandya, and the Mysore University Postgraduate Centre at Hemagangotri in Hassan.
In the beginning, the entire princely state of Mysore comprising of nine districts came under the jurisdiction of the University. Now it is confined to Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, and Chamarajanagar districts. The remaining areas come under the Bangalore University (1964), Mangalore University (1980), and Kuvempu University (1987). The institution, incidentally, gave birth to one more University in 1996 when the Institute for Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education in the Manasagangotri campus, got transformed into the Karnataka State Open University.
The University now encompasses 122 affiliated colleges and 5 constituent colleges (with an aggregate of 53,000 students). In addition, the University has 37 postgraduate departments, 8 specialised research & training centres and 2 postgraduate centres that together offer about 55 regular academic programmes to 3,500 students. It also runs a number of employment-oriented diploma courses and certificate programmes. The postgraduate departments are reputed for excellence in advanced studies and research, and have attracted projects and grants worth crores of rupees from many national and international institutions.
The University has developed excellent infrastructure for curricular and co-curricular activities. The Mysore University Library offers a collection of over 8 lakh books, 2,400 journal titles and 1 lakh volumes of journals, and is well-supported by CD-ROM, Internet (14 nodes on a 64 kbit/s leased line), e-mail, fax and photocopy services, in addition to resource-sharing arrangements. The University Computer Centre at Manasagangotri has mainframe, LAN and Internet facilities for research, teaching and training. The main campus features an amphitheatre, an auditorium, a swimming pool, and decent hostels for women and men with modern amenities and comforts. The University has established a rapport with many well-known and prestigious universities and institutions abroad for academic, technical and cultural exchange.
Having served the cause of higher education and research with distinction and dedication for almost the whole of the 20th century, the University of Mysore now envisages the 21st century as an era of even greater growth and success during which it will produce well-qualified and well-motivated youth to serve humanity as teachers, administrators, doctors, engineers, scientists, lawyers, social workers and in various other fields. As it gets closer to its centenary celebrations, the University looks forward to newer ways of fulfilling the vision of its founding fathers.
The Emblem The University emblem is adapted from the royal emblem of Mysore. It depicts the bird Gandabherunda flanked on either side by the lion-elephant Sharabha (mythical creature believed to be stronger than the lion and the elephant, and upholder of righteousness), surmounted by a lion.
The University's motto 'Na Hi Jnanena Sadrusham' (Nothing compares with knowledge), taken from the Bhagavadhgita, is written in Devanagari script on the top of the emblem. At the bottom of the emblem is the Sanskrit saying 'Sathyamevoddharamyaham'(I uphold only the truth).
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion , the University Museum
The university has been giving paramount importance to research in different disciplines since its inception. Proper research environment has been created by appointing eminent scholars, establishing research laboratories, deputing scholars under cultural exchange programme, awarding teacher fellowships, sanctioning research funds and instituting special awards and prizes for original research. In order to promote research, the university has recognized 48 national level institutions for undertaking research in different disciplines. In all 1112 candidates are registered for Ph.D. of which 479 are with fellowships. For monitoring the research activities, the university convenes the meeting of the Post Graduate Council periodically. In the preceding 5 years, the university completed 99 Major Research Projects and 66 Minor Research Projects amounting to Rs. 390 million. The research funding was obtained from government sources and agencies like Advant India Ltd., AICTE, CSIR, DAM Hampi, DAT, DANIDA, DBT, DST, EEC, ICAR, UGC, Canadian International Development Agency, ICSSR, ICMR, and Ford Foundation. University has earmarked Rs. one million per year for funding research by junior faculty. For quality research, facilities have been created like National Single Crystal Diffractometer Facility - in Physics, National Facility for Drosophila Genetic Stocks - in Zoology, Electron Probe Micro Analyzer - in Geology, Seed Pathology lab - in Applied Botany, National Centre for History of Science, Oriental Research Institute, Multimedia laboratory in Kannada Studies and Digitization of the Library.
There is a provision for limited number of Junior Research Fellowships for pursuing M.Phil/Research Degree. The university has instituted 30 research fellowships every year to SC/ST students and faculty improvement fellowship to some SC/ST teachers. Many university departments are involved in collaborative research at national level and have international collaborations also.
During the last 6 years, the staff members have received 193 awards. Since the first accreditation in 1999, the university faculty have published 1280 papers in international journals and 1343 in national journals. The number of books and edited volumes is 313 and 148 respectively. A large number of general articles, novels, abstracts, etc. were also published. University Industry Interaction Center established as a center for extending consultancy services, functions as a bridge between industry and the university. The Center caters to the requirements of the industry and ensures an effective interface with the appropriate departments of the University to help them in meeting their requirements. Most of the faculty members are involved in consultancy services with reputed companies like DUPONT, ISRO, BARC, NCL, IIT-Chennai, etc. For creating awareness about the facilities and expertise available, the university has been conducting awareness programmes nameed, 'Know Your Academic Campus' in which people of surrounding areas are invited. Important areas in which the university has the expertise for providing consultancy include Applied Botany, Sericulture, Micromet Data Generation, Product Analysis and Quality Control, Geology, Biochemistry, Food Science And Nutrition, Psychology, Software Development, etc. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC) had accorded the university five-star status. It has recently been reaccredited as A+, the first one to be accorded that status in India. In addition, the Eighth Plan Review Committee of the UGC has recommended to the State and Central governments that it be upgraded to a `National Centre for Excellence'.
It is the 6th oldest university in India and the oldest in the state of Karnataka. It was established in 1916 by the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, after two of his educational experts Dr C. R. Reddy and Thomas Denham, undertook a five-year study of higher education around the world. The structure of the university was designed after a thorough analysis of the functioning of those universities that had as their chief aim the promotion of original research (University of Chicago), those that laid emphasis on the extension of knowledge among the people (University of Wisconsin), and those that combined intellectualism with an educational system calculated to give training for political and social life (University of Oxford and Cambridge). Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, the Dewan of Mysore at the time, also played a major role in its inception and promotion. It was inaugurated on 27 July 1916. Maharaja College of Mysore and the Central College of Bangalore, which were previously affiliated to Madras University, became part of the new university. The Act was amended in 1933 and 1939 to make the senate representative of public life and to establish the academic council responsible for the academic affairs of the university.
During the reorganization of Mysore state 1956, the Mysore University Act was passed, which made the university an autonomous body. In 1960 the university's graduate centre was set up in the picturesque environs of the Kukkarahalli lake. The national poet and the Jnanpith Award winner, K. V. Puttappa (Kuvempu), a former Vice-Chancellor of the University, christened this campus `Manasagangotri', meaning the eternal spring of the mind. Bangalore University was carved out in 1964 starting with Central College, Bangalore and the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering. Mangalore University was formed out of the colleges in Dakshina Kannada in 1980. The act of 1956 was replaced by Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000 which came into force on 13th Sep 2001. Under the new act the senate has been abolished.
The administrative offices of the University of Mysore is housed in the Crawford Hall. This imposing structure was built in the year 1947 at a cost of Rs.12 lakh. Mr. Koenig Berger, Chief Architect, Government of Mysore Designed this building. The tall columns in the front the building a majestic appearance. The building was originally planned as the Representative Assembly for Mysore.
Lt. Col. W.L. Crawford and his brother C.S. Crawford of England who studied at Mysore gave a donation of Rs.~1 lakh to the University of Mysore for the construction of an Intermediate College for Women. Since, they had not imposed any conditions, the funds were used to build a hall to be used for Convocation and house the Administrative Offices. This donation was their way of saying thanks to the "kindly land".
The building has a total floor area of nearly 10,000 Square metres. The structure is in the form of an I, with the central hall, christened Crawford Hall as desired by the donors, which is mainly used for Convocations and other important functions. The hall is spacious enough to seat nearly 1000 persons and has an octagonal shape. The balcony can also seat about 600 persons comfortably.
* Ancient History and Archaeology
* Applied Botany and Biotechnology
* Computer Science
* Economics and Cooperation
* Environmental Science
* Food Science and Nutrition
* Jainology and Prakrit
* Journalism and Mass Communication
* Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies
* Library and Information Science
* Political Science
* Physical Education
* Social Work
* University Computer Center
* University Library
* Graduate Library
* International Center
* Students Welfare
* Students Employment Information Guidance Bureau
* Placement Centre
* University-Industry Interaction Cell
* Folklore Museum
* Health Centre
* Gandhi Bhavan
* Day Care Centre
The university has been ranked very highly by the National Assessment and Accredition Council (NAAC) of the University Grant Commission of India with an A+ rating. On 29.02.08 the Government of India identified the university as 'An Institution of Excellence' and provided a special grant of Rs One Billion in the Union Budget of the year 2008-2009 for upgrading the facilities at the university.
 The The university library has one of the largest collections in India with the number of volumes exceeding 800,000 documents. The university has been a pioneer in starting five year integrated MScprogrammes in the basic sciences. The department of applied botany, department of library and information sciences, department of food science and nutrition and the department of physics have a national reputation. Taking pride of place among the university's 39 facultywise research areas are applied botany and seed pathology (which attract students from all over Asia), and geology and physics, both of which are designated as `national facilities.'
Among the university's faculty members have been such luminaries as Shri. TS Venkannaiah who had the revered name as Ashnivi devata of Kannada literature, Professor S. Chandrashekar, Prof. K. V. Puttappa, Prof. U. R. Ananthamurthy and Prof. C. D. Narasimhaiah.
Recent Academic Restructuring of the University
The university has been appreciated by the UGC and Ministry of Science and Technology for its efforts in making basic sciences more attractive. The university has introduced an Integrated M.Sc courses in physics, chemistry, and Biochemistry. The University also has tied up with various Chinese universities for resource sharing and training in information technology education. The university has also initiated a next generation I-School at its campus. The International School of Information Management (ISiM), has been initiated with the collaboration of a few US universities and IIIT- Bangalore. Faculties from partnering institutions teach in this Institute. ISiM, already has secured grants from Ford Foundation and several industries for various projects.
Another innovation has been the setting up of the Third Sector Research Resource Centre (TSRRS).The Research Resource Centre has been set up with a grant from the Ford Foundation. The aim of the centre is to provide centralized infrastructural facility for researchers pursuing their studies in the area of Civil Society. TSRRC aims at pursuing and supporting research, training and consultancy in the area of Third Sector. Developing and offering Diploma and Masters program in the area of Non Profit Management is another area of focus.
Recently the department of law in the university was incorporated into the Mysore University School of Justice (MUSJ). Continuing with the initiative of the university to introduce five-year integrated courses to produce professionals with in-depth knowledge, the MUSJ has introduced a programme leading to a degree in Law, in a bid to enhance the quality of legal education in Karnataka.
The newly constituted Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences is trying to carve a niche for management education and research in the state. It was set up with the help of contributions from the chairman of BBK Ltd, U.S.A., B.N. Bahadur, an alumnus of the university
Setting up of a National Centre for History of Science, Digital Library, Centre for International Programmes, School of Life Sciences, IT Division, Joint Campus with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Patent Awareness Cell and Entrepreneurial Park in Science & Technology are the main initiatives of the University. In the last five years, an Archeological and Folklore Museum has been established in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion with the donation from the Infosys Foundation.
The University School of Design (USD) and the Centre for Information Science and Technology have been given autonomy for better functioning.
MYSORE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Mysore University library is one of the oldest and largest University Library in the country and Mother of other University Libraries in Karnataka. The Library started functioning in the year 1918. It has a glorious record of 91 years of worthy service with a resource collection 6 Lakhs volumes in its systems today. The inception collection of the library was around 2311 books which was housed in Jubilee building and later moved to Maharaja's college campus and finally the library shifted to new building at Manasagangotri Campus in 1965. Foundation stone of this functional building was laid by first UGC Chairman Prof. C.D.Deshmukh on 11th July 1960. It was inaugurated by the then President of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on 7th Dec. 1965.
LOCATION OF THE LIBRARY
The Mysore University Main Library located in the Manasagangotri Campus covered with Greenery all around. The Library building is surrounded by towards North-Road and Canteen, South - Higginbotham's book shop, East - Sports Stadium and Kukkarahalli Lake and West - Kuvempu Institute Kannada Studies. The name 'Manasagangotri' was suggested by the most revered National poet Dr. K.V. Puttappa (Kuvempu) a former Vice-Chancellor of the University and Gnana Peetha Awardee
ARCHITECTURE OF THE LIBRARY BUILDING
The Present professionally functional Library building is well planned and structured one. It is surrounded with green pasture. Any user who walks along the carpet in the huge stack cum reading halls of reference and periodicals divisions running half a furlong feels delighted. The well furnished and illuminated inside atmosphere is very serene and pleasant and encourages one to involve deeply in pursuit of academic and research activities. The library is beautiful and attractive, housed in a building with 1,10,000 Sq.ft carpet area. The library building has provision of expansion both vertically and horizontally.
The Library will kept open for the benefit of users from 8 am to 8 pm on all working days. On Holidays between 10 am to 5.30 pm. During the time of Examinations from 8 am to 9 pm. The library is providing Open Access System facility.
University of Mysore is one of the oldest prestigious and foremost centre of higher education in the Country. The motto of the University, as engraved on its emblem 'Nothing is Equal to Knowledge' (à²¨à²¹à²¿ à²œà³à²žà²¾à²¨à³‡à²¨ à²¸à²¦à³ƒà²¶à²‚ ) and 'I always uphold the Truth'. The University was established on 27.07.1916 by its founding father His Highness Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar- IV the then Maharaja of Mysore and Sir. M Vishweswariah the then Dewan of Mysore. University of Mysore was the 5th University established in the Country and the very pioneer in the Princely State of Mysore. The present jurisdiction of the University covers 4 districts viz., Mysore, Hassan, Mandya and Chamaraja Nagar.
* Ancient History and Archaeology
* Applied Botany
* Computer Science
* Economics and Cooperation
* Environmental Science
* Food Science and Nutrition
* Jainology and Prakrit
* Journalism and Mass Communication
* Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies
* Library and Information Science
* Management Science (BIMS)
* Political Science
* Social Work
On July 27, 1916, the University was founded by the then Maharaja of Mysore, His Highness Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and his Dewan, the renowned engineer-statesman Sir M.Visvesvarayya. It was announced an autonomous body on 3rd March, 1956, by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Mysore University has established several affiliated colleges and constituent colleges besides postgraduate departments, specialized research and training centres and postgraduate centres that together offer about 55 regular academic programmes. In addition to this a number of employment-oriented diploma courses and certificate programmes are also run by the University.
The postgraduate departments, funded by many national and international institutions offer advanced studies and research facilities. Eminent scholars and deputing scholars under cultural exchange programme have been appointed by the University besides establishing research laboratories, awarding teacher fellowships and sanctioning research funds to create a proper research environment.
Courses such as M Sc in physics, chemistry, and biochemistry have been introduced by the University to make basic sciences more attractive. It has established collaborations with various Chinese universities for resource sharing and training in information technology education. Introduction of next generation I-School at its campus is earmarked as important step towards scientific development.
Mysore University has developed residential accommodation for women and men with modern amenities and comforts. The University campus also hosts an amphitheatre, an auditorium, and a swimming pool. Its Library houses a collection of a large number of books, journal titles and volumes of journals. The library is well-supported by CD-ROM, Internet, e-mail, fax and photocopy services, besides resource-sharing arrangements.
The Computer Centre established at the University's Manasagangotri campus has mainframe, LAN and Internet facilities for research, teaching and training. Besides developing excellent infrastructure facilities the University has also established tie-ups with many well-known and prestigious universities and institutions abroad for academic, technical and cultural exchange.
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MA students boycott exams at University of MysoreThe protest was staged by political science students as they were against the move of the university to make public administration and political science as equivalent.
The students prevented the staff from conducting the examination by locking them in the department of public administration.
While nearly 120 political science students staged a protest against the universitys move, more than 50 students of public administration demanded that exams be conducted according to the schedule.
Graduates from any discipline can apply for MA in public adminstration, which is a two-year post graduation.
It includes the study of subjects including political theory, public administration and governance, public policy, Indian political system, administrative thinkers, organisational behaviour, research methodology, financial administration, rural and urban governments, political economy, global political economy and governance.
Lack of communication
Speaking to Deccan Herald, University of Mysore vice-chancellor Prof V G Talawar said that protest was a result of lack of communication between students and staff.
He said the university had given a recommendation to higher education council following demands by public administration to treat them on par with political science.
Earlier, the issue was also discussed twice at the academic council meeting at the varsity.
Prof Talwar said, a decision on the issue would be made only after suggestions are recommended by higher education council.
Later, it would be discussed by the faculty of arts, academic council and only then a decision would be held.
Meanwhile, political science exams in other PG centres of the city went according to the schedule.
Way to go, KarnatakaToday, we talk of IT and Bangalore in the same breath. Bangalore is known as the Silicon City of India, and has aspiring IT professionals from across the country making a beeline to the city hoping to strike it big.
But the fact is that Karnataka was always a pioneer in education , whether institutes were established by the government or by private players in the field. That explains why there are so many universities and institutes of great repute, many of them of international standards, established in Karnataka. This was long before IT changed the face of Bangalore and Karnataka.
A brief overview of some universities
Among the universities of Karnataka, Mysore University holds pride of place. The sixth oldest university in India, the credit for its establishment must go to the Mysore Maharajas, who were great visionaries and encouraged education. Established in 1916, Mysore University is today reputed for many of its courses - from archaeology to food science and nutrition, Jainology, Christianity, zoology and languages.
Mysore also houses the Regional Institute of Education, Central Institute of Indian Languages , All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, and the reputed Central Food Technological Research Institute. Also, established engineering colleges and management institutes.
Bangalore University, established in 1886 as Central College, was affiliated to Mysore University . It was renamed as Bangalore University nearly 80 years later. Today, it has two campuses - the one in Central College and the other, Jnana Bharathi.
University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, which comes under Bangalore University , is famous not only for having been established in 1917 by Sir M Visvesvaraya, then Chief Engineer of Mysore, but also for its quality of engineering students.
Karnatak University, Dharwad, established in 1949, offers courses like marine biology, satellite oceanography, industrial mineralogy , folklore, Basava studies, Kanaka studies, archaeology and translation, apart from the regular courses like history, psychology and zoology.
In addition, there are Gulbarga University, Karnataka State Womens Open University in Bijapur; Kannada University, Kuvempu University, Mangalore University; Tumkur University, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, and many private universities which offer a range of courses. Theres also the Central University of Karnataka at Gulbarga .
Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka, offers engineering courses in 32 streams, the total number of seats this year adding up to over 60,000.
Agriculture, fisheries, management...
In addition, there is the University of Agricultural Sciences , with branches in Shimoga , Bangalore, Hassan and Mandya. Ponnampet offers forestry education; Chintamani offers sericulture, and Bagalkot offers horticulture. Besides, Karnataka Veterinary , Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU) offers veterinary and fisheries courses.
Management education, too, is in great demand. In fact, apart from engineering studies, students choose to study management at Bangalores colleges.
This is not an exhaustive list. Suffice to say there is a wide range of courses offered at various universities and institutes across the state, many of them open to students across the country. Not to forget the many colleges in the private sector which have attracted students in hordes. In fact, the private sector in education in Karnataka pioneered the establishing of educational institutes, something that other states have now followed up on.
Karnatakas capital, Bangalore, houses many wellknown institutes. Among them are the famed Indian Institute of Science, a pioneer in research in science and which meets high international standards; Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore; the National Law School of India University, top among all premier institutes of law in the country and which draws young law aspirants from across India; National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS); Indian Institute of Astrophysics; Raman Research Institute; Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC); Jawahar Lal Nehru Center for Advanced Studies (JNCASR), which is in the forefront of science research; National Institute of Design RandD Centre which offers postgraduate courses in design, Indian Institute of Plantation Management, and National Institute of Fashion Technology.
University of Mysore sees a dip in enrolment of students from abroadUniversity of Mysore (UoM), the premier university which ranks among the top universities in India, is known to be a global village. Given its brand value, the varsity has been attracting students from across the country and abroad.
But the 96-year-old higher education institution is now facing competition from other international universities in enrolling international students. At present, students from 47 nations are at the varsity, pursuing graduation and PG courses. Some 12% of students from abroad have enrolled for doctoral studies too. Topped by Iran, Chinese students form the second-largest chunk followed by Maldivians.
Mysore University reconstitutes panel for harassment casesMYSORE: Even before the approval of statutes from the governor, who is also the universitys chancellor, the University of Mysore (UoM) has reconstituted Women Harassment Complaints Committee (WHCC). This committee will deal with sexual harassment cases.
It has appointed new members, which is now being questioned by a syndicate member. The university, however, is contending that the committee has been set up pending approval of the statutes from the governor.
university collegeMYSORE: Even before the approval of statutes from the governor, who is also the universitys chancellor, the University of Mysore (UoM) has reconstituted Women Harassment Complaints Committee (WHCC). This committee will deal with sexual harassment cases.
It has appointed new members, which is now being questioned by a syndicate member. The university, however, is contending that the committee has been set up pending approval of the statutes from the governor.
Sparsh to curb sexual harassment in University of MysoreNew Committee has power to take action on guilty
The University of Mysore has given a new sparsh (touch) to curb sexual harassment against working women by forming an apex body of sparsh — a new harassment inquiry committee set up in the backdrop of accomplishment of sexual harassment complaint cell, which existed earlier and has appointed new president and members.
UoM has circulated a legal notice for formation of SPARSH (Sensitization to Prevent and Redressal of Sexual Harassment) committee and University Complaint Committee (UCC) which even has power to take decisions as per rules.
Sexual harassment complaint cell was previously formed following instruction from Supreme Court. The committee could only conduct inquiry and it was the syndicate which had the power to take action. Therefore now sparsh is formed as per instructions of Supreme Court and University Grants Commission (UGC). The committee would conduct inquiry of complaints of sexual harassment and submit report to the vice chancellor. Later, punishment if any would be announced as directed by the committee.
Head of Jainology and Prakruth department Padma Shekar is appointed as president of sparsh committee. Assistant professor in department of food science and nutritional study Asna Urooz, president of education studies Sarvamangala, professor in department of commerce studies B H Suresh, professor in department of law studies C Basavaraju, first year student of M Com Kalaivani, student of MA in philosophy Santhosh Kumar, personal assistant of registrar(examination) Hemalatha, superintendent of accounts G Shivannegowda, NGO representative Jayalakshmi Marichamaiah and social worker Sindhu Suresh are appointed as members.
Assistant professor in department of food science and nutritional study Asna Urooz is appointed as president of UCC. Professor in department of law studies C Basavaraju, superintendent of accounts G Shivannegowda, Jayalakshmi Marichamaiah and Sindhu Suresh are appointed as members.
President of sparsh committee Padma Shekar said Varsitys previous Sexual harassment complaint cell had no constitutional power. But sparsh is provided such power with members from all departments in the committee. This committee is able to take action if an individual is found guilty.
University library goes hi-techIn spite of having a rich collection of books and records, the library of University of Mysore at Manasagangothri has been a bit late in adopting new technologies, but promises of providing quality services to students.
With On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), public can access more than 2.5 lakh bibliographic records on UoM library s URL. The library patrons can search for any book available in the university library and any of UoM constituent colleges-Centres-PG Centres. OPAC provides a glimpse of books available on either side of the book selected by providing virtual shelf.
OPAC is searchable on mobile at URL http:--mopac.mysore-univ.org, the UoM has become one of the few universities in the country to adopt the mobile technology for library services. Probably this is the first university library in the country to use cloud hosting facility for automation related activities of all its constituent libraries situated in different cities that too by creating union catalogue.
The University of Mysore has nurtured its library with rich document collection since its establishment in 1916. The library building measuring 1,15,000 sq. feet on Manasagangotri campus was formally declared opened in 1966 by S Radhakrishnan who was the then President of India.
Apart from the main library, the UoM Library system has more than 50 libraries including University Graduates Library at Maharaja s College campus, libraries at three post-graduate centres, different college-institutes and departmental libraries.
More than a million documents including books, journals, thesis, reports, apart from rare and specialised collections covering history of Mysore, Administrative Reports of the Princely State of Mysore and contemporary collections like Ambedkar, Gandhi, etc are housed here.
Vice Chancellor of UoM Prof V G Talawar, himself with Library Science background has taken initiative of providing necessary technological-based services to students of UoM and public. Ex-scientist and head of information centre at National Aerospace Laboratories of Bangalore I R Nagana Goudar who serves as a advisor to the library said, The Varsity has worked out a mechanism to allow public, especially the senior citizens to use these resources owned by its library by collecting a nominal fees.
Digital Information Resource Centre (DIRC), set up in June 2010 has around 120 computers and more than 500 users per day. In-charge librarian Ramashesh claims that it has brought an IT awareness among majority of students with rural background.
Apart from searching the e-resources, students can prepare their project reports and power point presentations. This increasing popularity of DIRC has encouraged the University authorities to construct another floor on the library building, he said.
The ultimate aim of student community is to make up a bright career. With the fore-thought Career Information Resource Centre (CIRC) is set up separately within the library premises. It holds the collection of books on general knowledge, general aptitude, functional English and question bank series apart from specific to different career related examinations which include resources for competitive examinations.
Learning Resource Centre for visually handicapped and partially sighted persons is being set up and would be complete within a month, says Talawar.
The Library is in the process of acquiring a variety of technology and software including JAWS Pro-Talking software, a screen reader that works with a computer to provide access to software applications and the Internet.
The useful library and information technologies along with necessary infrastructure to facilitate and deliver information services to the user community have been implemented innovatively and appropriately by UoM Library.
Thus the library has taken a big leap in realising its informally defined vision and mission in providing seamless access to information to users in a networked environment by creating and acquiring digital content useful for its patrons to support and enrich their research, teaching and learning activities, said Goudar.
Explaining his further ventures regarding library, Talawar told Deccan Herald that second floor of library would be coming up in few days extending of DIRC with more than another 250 computers. Affiliated colleges and hostels of University would be made avail of using OPAC. Undergraduate library would be upgraded and priority would be the text books for students. Regarding the funds allocated for books and journals in UoM budget, he said, more than Rs one crore has been made use for journals, textbooks, e resources etc.
First Journalism Department completes 60 yearsMYSORE: It is celebration time for the Department of Communication and Journalism of Maharaja’s College in Mysore. The department started during the centenary year of the college in 1951, has shaped the career of hundreds of journalists and will celebrate its diamond jubilee on Wednesday. Maharaja’s College is the first in the state to offer journalism course at undergraduate-level and second in the country after the then Madras National University. Though the department completed its diamond jubilee last year, the celebration is going on since then.
According to Prof R N Padmanabh, who taught journalism for more than 30 years in the college, it was M Venkatakrishnaiah, popularly known as Tataiah, who was the man behind starting the course. In the 1940s, he gave `25,000 to the University of Mysore asking it to institute a scholarship for students who score high marks in journalism. But the university returned the amount along with a letter stating that it has no such course. Krishnaiah wrote again asking it to institute the scholarship after the course is introduced.
After a few years, the course was introduced in 1951 with Prof A R Wadia, a philosophy lecturer, Subramappa, a Telugu lecturer and then principal Mac Intosh doubling up journalism lecturers.
In the early 1960s, Prof Nadig Krishnamurthy took over as the head of the department after doing his MA in Journalism from Columbia University, USA.
He was joined by Prof Syed Iqbal Qadri after a few years and the duo together shaped many journalists who have left their imprint in different corners of the country and abroad. Qadri was one among the first batch of three journalism students.
Padmanabh said Maharaja’s College alumni are journalism teachers in most of the universities in the state now. Besides, its alumni have served in higher capacities like editors, resident editors, media advisor to chief minister etc.
“You name any media house - print, electronic or any other in the state, an alumni of the college will be there. Presently, resident editors to at least two newspapers and a television channel are from our department,” he said.
Journalism HoD Pramila B Kunnur said a few years ago, the college started teaching journalism in Kannada medium as well and the course has great demand.
Mysore varsity sex abuse case: Prof transferredActing on the state governments instructions the University of Mysore has finally taken action against one of its professors accused of sexual harassment, hoping it will put an end to a controversy that has been dogging it for the last year. Vice chancellor, Prof. V.G. Talawar told reporters on Tuesday the university had decided to withdraw all the nine increments Prof Shivabasavaiah had earned since being appointed in 2003 and to transfer him to the Chamarajanagar PG Centre as coordinator to allow Ms Sarita, who had accused him of sexual harassment, to carry on with her research undisturbed.
The decisions of the syndicate have been formally conveyed to the state government and the transfer order has already been issued to Prof. Shivabasavaiah. The syndicate also considered demoting the professor to a lecturer, but according to a Supreme Court order anyone appointed directly as professor cant be asked to accept a lower rank. But from now onwards Prof Shivabasavaiah will be paid only his minimum scale salary, the V-C said, explaining that the university had acted under the provisions of the Karnataka Civil Services Rules and the Karnataka government DPR Circular, 2001on sexual harassment.
Prof Talawar added that the syndicate took the decision after a five-hour deliberation based on the report of the universitys Women Harassment Complaint Committee (WHCC), which held Prof Shivabasavaiah guilty as charged. Asked why the professor was being punished without a departmental inquiry into the allegations against him, he said the university had acted on the orders of the state government. We were under the hammer to act against him. If Prof Shivabasavaiah or Ms Sarita have any issues with the quantum of punishment, they are free to approach the court, he added.
But the universitys decision appeared to disappoint Ms Sarita and her husband Dr Vijay Kumar who have decided not to rest until the professor is compulsorily retired.
Narayana Murthy s last day as Infosys chairmanHaving successfully steered Infosys to a place among the top IT companies of the world in the short span of 20 years, N R Narayana Murthy will step down as chairman of the company on Friday, albeit with firm indications that he will continue to guide the organisation.
Murthy will hand over his role to K V Kamath, who has been an independent director on the Infosys board since May, 2009
S D Sibulal will take over as the new CEO and MD and S Gopalakrishnan will be executive co-chairman of Infosys.
Kris Gopalakrishnan, the current CEO of Infosys, who is also a co-founder, has been elevated as the executive co-chairman.
Murthy s exit as the chairman will mark the end of a formal association with the company, but he will continue to guide the organisation in the capacity of chairman emeritus.
I would be called Chairman Emeritus. I will have a room which I can use if I want... but as propriety demands, I will have no say in any matter, I will not be allowed to attend any board meetings or any meetings. I can meet anybody personally, Murthy had said earlier.
Infosys will host a farewell for Murthy at its campus in Bangalore in the evening, which will be attended by all seven co-founders and prominent former employees, including T V Mohandas Pai and Phaneesh Murthy and Murthy s family.
Murthy co-founded Infosys in 1981 in Pune with six other engineers and created thousands of millionaires courtesy its stock option schemes.
Infosys started its operations in a 10x10 room with a capital investment of just Rs 10,000, which was borrowed from Murthy s wife, Sudha Murthy. Now, its revenues have grown to Rs 27,000 crore.
Murthy served as the founder CEO of Infosys for 21 years and was succeeded by co-founder Nandan Nilekani in March, 2002
Born on August 20, 1946, in Karnataka, Murthy obtained his engineering degree (BE) from the University of Mysore in 1967.
He then attended the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Kanpur) for his master s degree (M Tech) in 1969.
Murthy s vision and business sense made the company go from strength to strength. In 1993, Infosys got listed in the Indian markets and later became the first Indian company to be listed on the New York-based NASDAQ in 1999.
In a testimony to Murthy s impact on the economy, Time magazine had named him among the Indians who are leading the country into its next six decades .
If any one person can be called the father of India s booming IT sector, it s N R Narayana Murthy, who with six other software engineers founded Infosys Technologies in 1981, Time had said.
Murthy served as the company s CEO for over 20 years between 1981 and 2002 and as the Executive Chairperson of the board from 2002 to 2006.
He retired from his executive position at Infosys on August 20, 2006, after which he has been the non-executive chairman of the board and chief mentor of the company.
Murthy has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. He is an IT adviser to several Asian countries.
Besides juggling responsibilities at Infosys and at his venture capital initiative, Catamaran Investment Private Ltd, Murthy also serves on the boards of various entities, including HSBC, the Ford Foundation, Cornell University and Wharton School.
Murthy comes from a humble background and even after becoming a billionaire, he continues to lead a simple life.
Murthy had the opportunity to lead a public life, but declined an offer from former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to join the government.
He had then felt Infosys needed him more. He now wants to focus his energies on mentoring and funding the next generation of Indian entrepreneurs.
Murthy s outstanding leadership qualities have been universally recognised and he serves on the boards of some of the world s biggest companies and organisations.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country s second-highest civilian award after the Bharat Ratna, in 2008. Besides, he has also been awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government and the Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the British government.
Last month, Murthy gave his nod to become the chief mentor of an IT panel being formed by the West Bengal government to prepare a roadmap for the industry and attract more investment in the sector.
A true barometer of his legacy will be how Infosys fares without him at the helm of affairs once he exits.
Sexual harassment student demands justice from CMBangalore: Minister for higher education VS Acharya on Tuesday called up the vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore and inquired about a sexual harassment case involving a professor.
"I called the Mysore university vice-chancellor, VG Talwar, as directed by the chief minister. I will discuss the issue (case) with him (the vice-chancellor) and take action according to the law," the minister said. Earlier, the victim, a PhD student met chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, home minister R Ashoka and medical education minister SA Ramdas, demanding justice. The student alleged that her guide and professor of Zoology Prof Shivabasavaiah had sexually harassed her. She later attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills.
The research scholar met the ministers after a syndicate meeting of the university had decided to hold a separate department-level inquiry into the case.
"The syndicate has not opened the inquiry report submitted by the Women's Harassment Complaint Cell of the university. It is trying to hush up the case," she alleged.
Sexual harassment case: Mysore University defers action against accused professorBangalore: Mysore University Syndicate meeting on Friday deferred its decision against Zoology professor Prof Shivabasavaiah, who was accused of sexually harassing a research student.The syndicate meeting was held under the chairmanship of vice-chancellor VG Talwar, but the issue was not taken up, as they decided to wait till the departmental enquiry into the case was complete.The Syndicate felt that it is not proper to open the enquiry report submitted by the women's harassment complaint cell of the university. Sources said K Yoshadhara headed an 11- member team, which conducted an enquiry into the complaint filed by the student and indicted prof Shivabasavaiah.
After she had filed a complaint in the university, the state government had ordered the professor's suspension based on the preliminary report submitted by the universityFurther action will be taken against him after a final report by the committee headed by chief secretary SV Ranganath is submitted.
In the meantime, the student had also filed a police complaint, based on which the professor was arrested and later released on bail. Police have filed a chargesheet, and proceedings are pending before a court.
Annigeri skulls result of a massacre'Bangalore: The state archaeology department is pretty much convinced that the hundreds of skulls found buried in rows in Annigeri near Hubli were a result of a planned massacre. But the department officials prefer to wait for scientific evidence and a "lot of research data" before putting their finger on it.
The 601 skulls date back to the 12th century AD. These were first discovered in August 2010. The department sources said they have almost zeroed in on two historical events, which could have led to the massacre. One is an invasion and the invader conducted a "festival of massacre"; the second is a possible massacre by a local ruler targeting a particular community.
State archaeology department director, R Gopal, said precise period of massacre would be known through carbon dating the skulls, the results of which are expected in 15 days from the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneshwar. "This is the first archaeological evidence of a massacre of this extent for the whole country," he said.
"We have found skulls buried separately and even on the remains of other body parts there are no ornaments. And the line-up of skulls found at a depth of 1.5 ft clearly indicates that it was a second burial. The place of the burial, which is outside the main gate of the erstwhile fort and near a water body, also points to the massacre theory," he said.
Historians point to massacres by Muhammad Adil Shah, the erstwhile ruler of Bijapur, while Bombay Gazetteer and stone inscriptions found in Annigeri mention massacre by a ruler who invaded this part of the province. But Dr MS Krishna Murthy, retired professor from Mysore University and a archaeology expert, said many angles still need to be analysed before concluding that it was a massacre.
Bangalore University drive to nip sexual harassment in the budBangalore: Treading cautiously after the recent sexual harassment case at Mysore University, Bangalore University has decided to create awareness among students and faculty members about it. To facilitate this, all colleges affiliated to Bangalore University will soon be handed out guidelines to prevent sexual harassment, as prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
"We are preparing a circular. It will be sent to principals of all the colleges affiliated to BU," said Dr N Prabhu Dev, vice-chancellor, Bangalore University.The principals need to circulate it to its faculty members and students. "We need to create awareness to avoid such incidents. So, we have asked the principals to circulate it among all students, faculty members and non-teaching staff," Dev said.
The circular covers important areas like: How to identify a person who has bad intensions, and how, when and where to lodge a complaint. "Indicators start much before the actual assault. For example, a person with bad intent will begin with cracking jokes that are in bad taste with his female colleague or students. One should stop such a person at that very level and start avoiding him," he said.
"My suggestion to all my colleagues and students is that they should complaint against such a person just when they get the indication. Such activities should not be tolerated and must be brought to the notice of the university," he said.
Along with it, each and every stakeholder of the university must be aware of the 'Complaint against harassment at work place cell', which is active. "The cell is headed by a senior woman professor of the university and one can register their complaints on harassment without any hesitation. University will act as per the rules," he said.Meanwhile, BU is thinking of setting apart a category of people who are most likely to indulge in crimes like sexual harassment with their female students and colleagues."There is a category of people who usually commit such crimes. We need to find them and alert female students and faculties to maintain distance from them," said Dev.
Mysore University suspends prof over sexual harrassmentBangalore-Mysore: The state government will request the governor to intervene in the alleged sexual harassment case in the University of Mysore, even as the varsity on Tuesday suspended the suspect, professor Shivabasavaiah of the department of Zoology.The university registrar, PS Nayak, suspended the professor stating he had failed to respond to the summons of the varsity, and appear before it for an internal inquiry.
A woman scholar, who attempted suicide on Saturday last, had accused professor Shivabasavaiah of sexually harassing her. The scholar had been researching under his guidance.Meanwhile in Bangalore, the issue reverberated in the state legislative council on the second consecutive day with the members demanding the intervention of governor and chancellor of the university HR Bhardwaj in the case.The members asked for a special inquiry against the professor as well as the vice-chancellor of the university, VG Talwar. They alleged that the vice-chancellor had failed to respond to the victim's complaint.
"The state government should write a letter to the governor in this regard," said Janata Dal (Secular) leader MC Nanaiah.Leader of the House VS Acharya said the government would write to the governor in this regard, since the higher education department or the state government had limited powers to conduct inquiries against vice-chancellors.Member of the House and educationist Prof PV Krishna Bhat advocated the setting up a special court to deal with such cases in universities."The case in Mysore University is one of very few cases which has surfaced. There are many such cases which go unreported, as women students lacked a protective mechanism," he said.
University sexual abuse raises a stink in houseBangalore: Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said on Monday that he had directed the chief secretary to conduct a special probe into accusation of a research scholar at the Zoology department of Mysore University, that her professor and guide, Shivabasavaiah, had been harassing her sexually.
The student, M Saritha, attempted suicide on Saturday night as her complaints fell on deaf ears. Saritha's husband rushed her to a hospital and she was saved in the nick of time. The accused professor has been absconding.
"I have sought an explanation from the vice-chancellor of Mysore University, Prof VG Talwar. Severe action will be taken against the professor if he is found guilty. The chief secretary will submit a report soon and action will be taken," chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said.Women members in the legislative council too highlighted the case, adding that it was a shame that as the 100th International Women's Day is celebrated on Tuesday, such incidents should surface. The leader of the house and the minister for higher education, VS Acharya, said strict legal action would be taken against the culprit.Minister in charge of Mysore district, SA Ramdas, said that he had discussed the matter with the husband of the victim and visited the research scholar in hospital. "A complaint has been registered by the Vijayanagar police station in Mysore against the accused professor and the vice-chancellor of Mysore University," he said.
JD(S) leader MC Nanaiah raised the issue in the legislative council during zero hour and said that such professors ought to be kicked out. "Such professors are terrorists to the students," the JD(S) leader said.Deputy chairman of the legislative council Vimala Gowda said that the state government should nab the accused professor, who is absconding and book criminal cases against him. "I got to know that even the vice-chancellor was not ready to initiate action against the accused. He reportedly asked the victim to change her guide, instead. Action should be taken against the VC also," she said.
'Chop off professor's hands'
Enraged by the report of sexual harassment at Mysore University, Bharati Shetty, member of the legislative council, said that the hands of the accused professor ought to be chopped off. "Only then it would be a lesson to others," she said.
Mysore police register case
Vijayanagar police of Mysore city have registered a case of sexual harassment and abetment of suicide against the Mysore University vice-chancellor VG Talwar and the head of post-graduate studies in Zoology at the university, Shivabasavaiah.The victim, Saritha, consumed sleeping pills on Saturday night. Her husband Vijayakumar found her unconscious and rushed her to BM Hospital near the university.She regained consciousness on Sunday night, and in a statement to police, said that her research guide had been harassing her. She alleged that her complaint to the vice-chancellor fell on deaf ears.
Students protest in Mysore
Students under the banner of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarti Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest at Manasagangotri, Mysore, and lamented that caste and gender-related discrimination continued on the campus of the state's prestigious university.The students said that as professors aligned with political leaders and formed rival groups, students were getting drawn into controversy. Meanwhile, vice-chancellor of Mysore University, VG Talwar, called a press conference aimed at damage control.He said that a memo had been issued to Shivabasavaiah, seeking an explanation, and that the case would be probed by the university's inquiry committee.
Fight of the titansFight of the titans Relations between governor of Karnataka Hans Raj Bharadwaj and vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore V.G. Talawar has hit a new low. When Talawar went to receive the governor at the Government House in Mysore last week, Bharadwaj flared up. He said: I dont want you to welcome me. Are you above the chancellor? You dont even obey the state governments order. I thought you were a sensible person, but not so. You are even worse than a politician.
Stumped by his gesture, Talawar offered an olive branch by tendering apology. But the governor, who is also chancellor of the university, didnt budge and continued his tirade against the V-C. He said: I will never come to the University of Mysore. I have been a parliamentarian for thirty years and I will tell the Prime Minister not to grant funds to the university.
Earlier, relations between the two was cordial. But things deteriorated after a corruption charge against former vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore Dr. J. Shashidhar Prasad surfaced. The governor showed no interest in taking action against Prasad. However, Talawar wanted Prasad to be punished. This created tensions between them to such an extent that the governor of the state accused Talawar of undermining his authority.
Prasad has been facing allegations of rampant corruption and irregularities in the recruitment made during his tenure between 2003 and 2007. Following complaints, the government appointed an inquiry commission, headed by former High Court judge Rangavittalachar, to probe into the alleged violation of norms. In June 2010, the panel submitted its report. It held Prasad guilty of violating the roster and filling the vacancies reserved for SC-STs and backward communities with people from other castes, which is punishable offence. Following the indictment, the government directed the current V-C that is Talawar to initiate criminal proceedings against Prasad. But governor Bharadwaj came to Prasads rescue. He dispatched a letter of disapproval saying that it would be illegal under the University Act to take action against the former V-C. After that no action was taken against Prasad.
Exasperated with the governors intervention, Vishwavidyalaya Ulisi Horata Samiti (Struggle Committee to Save University), backed by various political parties and student organisations, launched an agitation on the campus. Thousands of protesting students laid siege to the Crawford Hall, administrative building of the University of Mysore demanding legal action against Prasad. Coming under pressure, V-C Talawar assured them of taking up the issue in the special Syndicate meeting. This irked governor Bharadwaj. He said: You (Talawar) are setting the students against me to insult me.
This was not the end of the story. More people jumped in. Prasads father, a well-known writer and the former vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore, De. Javaregauada, popularly known as DeJaGau, staged a-day-long fast protesting against any action against his son. Earlier, he had also said that there were no irregularities and corruption in the recruitment. But, later on he softened his stand as he too was criticised. Irregularities must have taken place, but my son is not the only one responsible for that, he said. The power struggle between the governor and the V-C continues unabated.
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