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J. Shashidhar Prasad
J. Shashidhar Prasad

Staff Correspondent

Varsity to go by list approved by Governor for award of honorary doctorates

  • `Syndicate can only recommend, Governor is the final authority'
  • Allegations by former Syndicate member termed baseless

    MYSORE: Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University J. Shashidhar Prasad has sought to clarify that the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of Universities, enjoys full powers to accept, reject or modify the list of candidates recommended for honorary doctorates by the University Syndicate.

    Prof. Prasad's assertion comes in the wake of allegations that Governor T.N. Chaturvedi had violated the Karnataka Universities Act by deleting two names from the list of four names recommended by the Syndicate and adding three other names to the list.

    Speaking to The Hindu , Prof. Prasad termed as baseless the allegations levelled by former Mysore University Syndicate member Mahadev that the Governor did not enjoy the power to alter the list recommended by the Syndicate. "The Syndicate can only recommend. The final authority to approve, reject or modify rests with the Governor. There has been no violation of the Karnataka Universities Act by the Governor," Prof. Prasad said.

    Other instances

    Prof. Prasad cited several instances in which names of candidates recommended by the University Syndicate had been rejected by the Governor.

    "The names of eminent personalities such as Mother Teresa, Sardar Karan Singh, former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily and former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachalaiah, which had been recommended by the University Syndicate, have been rejected by the Governor on earlier occasions," Prof. Prasad said.

    Prof. Prasad said names recommended by the Syndicate even when Dr. Mahadev was its member had been rejected by the Governor.

    However, Prof. Prasad said the university had decided to drop the name of late writer R.K. Narayan from the list of candidates to be awarded honorary doctorates posthumously as the writer had been given an honorary doctorate in 1976 during a special convocation of the university when D. Jayadevaraj Urs was the Vice-Chancellor.

    It may be mentioned here that Dr. Mahadev had alleged that the Governor had deleted the names of former Lokayukta Justice (Retd) N. Venkatachala and noted author of books of medical science P.S. Shankar from the list recommended by the university.

    The Governor had also added the names of Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar and William T. (Bill), sergeant, U.S.

    Convocation

    Prof. Prasad made it clear that the Mysore University will go by the list approved by the Governor for award of honorary doctorates during its 89th annual convocation scheduled to be held here on January 9.

    The list comprises former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore, K. Kasturirangan; an alumnus of Mysore University B. N. Bahadur, besides Anil Kakodkar and William T. (Bill).

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