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`Globalisation is part of our culture'

By Our Staff Correspondent

K.S. Narayanacharya (right) and Master Hirannaiah (second from right), who were conferred `Doctor of literature' at the fifth convocation of Karnataka State Open University in Mysore on Friday, are seen with the KSOU Vice-Chancellor, K. Sudha Rao (le ft), the Minister for Higher Education, D. Manjunath, and the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi. — Photo: M.A. Sriram

MYSORE, MARCH 18. The former Ambassador of India to the U.S. and Advisor to UNESCO, Abid Hussain, who delivered the fifth convocation address of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) here on Friday, drew the attention of the graduating students to the changing global scenario and pointed out that the world was becoming global and one could not ask for a closed environment anymore to remain insulated and untouched by forces from outside, which may, at times, be adversarial and insensitive. However, the concept of globalisation was a part of our culture and we believe the world to be one family, he added.

The changing global scenario was accompanied by a rapid expansion of knowledge, said Abid Hussain and pointed out that knowledge was expanding so fast that one would be overtaken by others if one failed to keep pace with it. Knowledge constituted the destiny of mankind and without constant inputs of new knowledge one would remain distorted and be reduced to irrelevance.

He called upon the students to constantly remould themselves to acquire new knowledge and stressed that the competition in the global context was going to be more intense.

Dr. Abid Hussain allayed fears of the consequences of globalisation and pointed out that Indians had done well both within the country and abroad.

The Governor and the Chancellor of the university, T.N. Chatuvedi, gave away gold medals to winners from various streams.

Medal winners

The winners are Mohammed Hazique (MA Urdu)-Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan Endowment Gold Medal; P. Selvi (BA)-Corporation Bank Endowment Gold Medal; Mayura Joshi (MA Sociology) Mrs. Sultan Bi and Mr. Mustafa Ali Khan Memorial Endowment Gold Medal; N.T. Rangappa (MA History)-Sadashiva Bhaskar Sirasata Shivanand Memorial Gold Medal; Prathibha Jennifer Andrade (MBA)-Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. Mysore Endowment Gold Medal; G. Girshma Prabhu (M.Com)- Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. Mysore Endowment Gold Medal; Jaya Kumara Koiluli (B.Com)-Corporation Bank Endowment Gold Medal; Lalita Laxmi Narayan Bhat (M.Ed)-Late B.R. Iyengar and Late S.R. Krishnaswamy Endowment Gold Medal; L. Savitha (B.Ed)-Alumni Association Endowment Gold Medal; T. Krishnamurthy (B.Ed)-Alumni Association Endowment Gold Medal; G. Nirmala (B.LiSc)-Sri Sanna Rame Gowda and Ms. Devammanni Endowment Gold Medal.

The university also awarded "Doctor of Literature" to Andre Beteille, social scientist and the National Fellow at the Indian Council for Social Science Research and Chairman for the Centre for Social Sciences, New Delhi; K.S. Narayanacharya, an eminent Sanskrit scholar, writer, novelist, translator and author of over 70 books, for his contribution to Kannada literature; and to H. Narasimha Murthy better known by his alias as Master Hirannaiah, for his contribution to theatre. While Prof. Andre Beteille was awarded D.Litt in absentia, the other two received it in person.

The Minister for Higher Education, D. Manjunath, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, K. Sudha Rao, were present.

In all, 7,739 students, including 3,802 women, were eligible to receive various degrees. Among the graduates is an IAS officer of the 1991 batch, Nilai Mitash (of Jharkhand). He has added MA (Economics) to his B.Sc degree. He is at present Director of Municipal Administration in the State.


In his acceptance speech, Mr. Narayanacharya, regretted that Indians had lost touch with great works of art, literature and visions of saints and sages who moulded the culture of this country.

Master Hirannaiah said theatre had achieved a new standing in the State with the Government having established an academy for drama and granting honoraria, awards, monthly financial support to the needy among others. This had helped revive theatre movement in the State.

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