A student from last batch of five-year LLB gets gold medal

As Mangalore University conducted its 32nd convocation on Monday without conferring honorary doctorate degree to anyone, a postgraduate from Udupi became the only one to receive gold medal from among postgraduates passed out from government degree colleges during 2012-13.

A 79-year-old former bureaucrat received his Ph.D. this convocation for his research thesis on history. Krishnananda Hegde, a former Indian Information Service officer, received his degree for his thesis on the influence of ancient Indian healing arts on modern medicine. He had retired from the All India Radio, Delhi, as the Joint Director of News 20 years ago. Now, he is the managing editor of an international medical quarterly Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes published from Mangalore. Mr. Hegde got his doctorate 46 years after he got his post-graduate degree from Karnatak University, Dharwad.

This year’s convocation witnessed a student from the last batch (joined in 2008-09 academic year) of five-year LLB course of the university getting a gold medal. Law colleges in the State came under the Karnataka State Law University from 2009-10 academic year.

In all, 14 students of St. Ann’s College of Education, Mangalore, who had registered for Ph.D. in 2008 received their doctorate degree this year.

Shanthi Shenoy, a postgraduate in History from G. Shankar Government Women’s First Grade College, Udupi, received two gold medals and five cash prizes.

Ann Alexander, a law graduate of Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Law College, Mangalore, became the last law graduate of Mangalore University to get a gold medal. Vice-Chancellor T.C. Shivashankara Murthy said no honorary doctorate degree was given this year, a tradition broken after nearly 10 years. He said nine applications had been received for honorary doctorates. They were from philanthropists and social workers.

It was the last convocation of Mr. Murthy, whose term ends in a week from Monday.