‘It has plans to set up Kannada Adhyayana Samsthe'

Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University T.C. Shivashankara Murthy said on Monday that the State government had permitted the university to recruit 70 permanent teachers for its PG departments.

Addressing the 31st Foundation Day of the university at Mangalagangotri, he said that teachers would be recruited to the posts which had remained vacant for long. Assistant professors, associate professors and professors would be recruited.

Prof. Murthy said that Department of Higher Education had asked the university if it (university) could bear the salary of those teachers from its (university's) internal resources. But the university had conveyed that it was not possible and had asked the government to provide salary grants.

He said that the university was planning to set up a Kannada Adhyayana Samsthe or Department of Languages on its campus.

Earlier delivering the Foundation Day lecture, H.A. Ranganath, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), suggested to the university to start an institute of languages as a number of languages — Kannada, Konkani, Tulu, Beary and Kodava — were spoken in the region. “This is a rare feature and nowhere in Karnataka so many languages are spoken in a region which is under the jurisdiction of one university. The evolution of multi-languages and their cultural contribution could be studied and recorded,” he said. Mr. Ranganath suggested to the university to set up an international centre for studying the evolution of banking in Mangalore region as it gave birth to five major banks – Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Vijaya Bank and Karnataka Bank. “When people in other parts opened industries spoiling environment, visionaries in the Mangalore region opened banks and educational institutions which did not spoil environment,'' he said.

Mr. Ranganath said that visionaries who opened banks in Mangalore region were not MBA, B.Com. or graduates of economics. But they had vision. The success story of banks was a subject matter for study, he added.

He said the university should seek re-accreditation from NAAC, an autonomous institution under the University Grants Commission, as the term of its accreditation obtained earlier had ended.

Registrar (Administration) K. Chinnappa Gowda welcomed the gathering. Registrar (Evaluation) P.S. Yadapadithaya and Finance Officer P. Pakkeerappa were present.