“Universities should strive for resolving confusions in the society, besides ensuring that higher education imparted value-based knowledge among the student community,” said the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju.

He was delivering the Convocation Address at the 93rd annual convocation of Mysore University held at Crawford Hall (Karya Soudha) here this morning.

Stressing on the need for increasing the enrolment to higher education courses in the country from the present 18% to 30% by 2020, the Minister praised the Mysore University for its high standard and performance.

Regretting that the country lagged behind in three important sectors namely education, food and housing, the Minister opined that if these three basic amenities were provided, the country will see progress in other fields too. “The degrees awarded by the Universities are like bank dividends,” he said and called upon the students to share them with the society.

Governor-Chancellor Hans Raj Bhardwaj presided. Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande, who is also the pro-Chancellor of Mysore University, was present.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa, deviating from the usual practice of the Registrar rendering the welcome address, himself welcomed the guests and gave a brief about the honorary doctorate awardees.

Scientist Prof. Roddam Narasimha, cricketer Anil Kumble, freedom fighter and social worker Dr. H. Srinivasaiah and legal luminary T.K. Vishwanathan were conferred honorary doctorates.

Prof. Roddam Narasimha, in his address, said that the country has made significant progress in science and technology, but we should not be satisfied at that. Stressing the need for achieving more, he called for more enrolment in higher education.

Kumble, speaking on the occasion, expressed immense happiness for being honoured with a doctorate and said that he has accepted it with all humility.

Freedom fighter Srinivasaiah said that he got his mechanical engineering degree from Mysore University in 1941 and he now felt extremely happy for being conferred with a doctorate from the same University.

Lauding the University for being the first to establish Gandhi Bhavan in 1959, he stressed on the need to return to Gandhian ways in order to revive human values in the face of growing influence of globalisation.

T.K. Vishwanathan said he felt very happy to receive the doctorate from an internationally renowned University. Pointing out the need for social justice to become a reality, he stressed on the need for even a common man to get speedy and affordable justice even in this era of globalisation.

Of the 21,038 candidates who were conferred various degrees of the University in the convocation, women (11,758) outnumbered the men.

Ph.D degrees were conferred on 363 candidates in 50 disciplines. A total number of 184 candidates received 296 gold medals and 159 cash prizes, having secured ranks and distinctions in various examinations conducted by the University.

H.R. Vanitha created a record of sorts by winning 12 gold medals and four cash prizes in M.Sc.

Awardees of medals, cash prizes and degree holders in large numbers were seen exchanging greetings among themselves on the lawns in front of Crawford Hall before they took part in the convocation.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore