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Vice-Chancellor of KSOU K.S. Rangappa giving details of the university’s 10th annual convocation, in Mysore on Tuesday.
Vice-Chancellor of KSOU K.S. Rangappa giving details of the university’s 10th annual convocation, in Mysore on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

Honorary D.Litt. degree to be conferred on four persons, including Sharat Chandra and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan

A total of 13,076 candidates will receive undergraduate and postgraduate degrees

Gold medals and cash prizes will be presented to 22 and 23 candidates respectively

MYSORE: The 10th annual convocation of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) will be held at the Senate Hall on the Manasagangotri campus on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, who is the Chancellor of the KSOU, will preside over the function, and Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde, chief guest, will deliver the convocation address. Minister for Higher Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri will be present.

A total of 13,076 candidates will receive undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, KSOU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Rangappa said that honorary D.Litt. degree will be conferred on Professor Emeritus H. Sharat Chandra, research professor Tej Pal Singh, actor Bharathi Vishnuvardhan and C.H. Lakshmanaiah (posthumous), popularly known as ‘Ragi’ Lakshmanaiah.

“It is the first time the university is conferring an honorary D.Litt. degree posthumously,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said that 11 candidates would be conferred doctorates. Last year, 17 candidates received doctorates.

Of the 2,206 candidates who appeared for diploma and certificate courses examination, 1,377 candidates passed. They would receive certificates at the convocation, Dr. Rangappa said.

Dr. Rangappa said that gold medals and cash prizes would be presented to 22 and 23 candidates respectively.

Gayathri K.N., Madhulika, Siddarameshwari M., Padmapriya B., Pingali Sathya Bhavana, Shivaprasad P.M., Kamalesh Rao and Girijamba are among the people who will receive gold medals and cash prizes.

Yatish Chandra, Krishna B., Gangadhar R., Nandini K. Anasuya and Thimme Gowda H.R. are among the people who will receive Ph.D.

Giving details about the persons who will be conferred honorary D.Litt. degree, Dr. Rangappa said that Dr. Lakshmanaiah was known for his contribution to increasing the productivity of ragi and fodder availability. Ms. Vishnuvardhan, a popular actor, has performed in films in several languages, including Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam. She has received several awards, including the national award for her performance in Sandhya Raaga. According to Dr. Rangappa, Prof. Sharat Chandra’s research interests lie in human genetics and evolutionary biology. He has done research in genomic imprinting and the evolution of sex-determining mechanism. He is the former director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad.Prof. Singh has contributed to the field of structural biology and new drug discovery. His group has reported more than 300 protein structures. He has eight patents to his credit, and one of his protein molecules is in clinical trials for the treatment of gastropathy, Dr. Rangappa said.

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