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NEW FACILITIES: Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University J. Shashidhar Prasad explaining to Governor T.N. Chaturvedi the infrastructure plans at Manasagangotri, in Mysore on Monday. Registrar of the university N.D.Tiwari is seen.
NEW FACILITIES: Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University J. Shashidhar Prasad explaining to Governor T.N. Chaturvedi the infrastructure plans at Manasagangotri, in Mysore on Monday. Registrar of the university N.D.Tiwari is seen.

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Foundation stone for Life Science Building, International Guesthouse and the Pareeksha Bhavan laid Life Science Building is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 85 lakhs First phase of international guesthouse will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crores

MYSORE: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi on Monday expressed dismay over the growing tendency among people to be lured by fraudulent degrees and honours instituted by fake institutions and cautioned against falling prey to such deceptions.

He also took exception to two faculty members of the University of Mysore obtaining such degrees for a consideration, and said such incidents undermined public faith in the universities. "I read about that in today's papers and if it is true it is also painful," he remarked.

The Governor was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the Life Science Building, International Guesthouse and the Pareeksha Bhavan on Manasagangotri campus.

He was reacting to the disclosure made by Vice-Chancellor J. Shashidhar Prasad that two faculty members of the university had obtained high-sounding degrees from dubious universities in the U.S. on payment of $500 each.

"I too keep receiving invitations to be a part of the board of such institutions to identify and honour people for their 'contributions' and this includes many biography societies from the U.S. But I can distinguish between what is fake and what is genuine," Mr. Chaturvedi pointed out.

Referring to the state of affairs in various universities in India, the Governor said the older universities were in a state of turmoil and there was some churning within, and even the University of Mysore underwent such a turmoil and had now stabilised, Mr. Chaturvedi said, adding that older universities had an important role to play and lead the newer ones.

Quality education

In this context, the Governor reiterated the importance of quality education and said teachers and staff were expected to adhere to certain values, which, he said, was on the decline.

Complaints

He referred to complaints being received from research scholars from various universities in the State that scholarship money was not released in full. The issue here was not of punitive action but lack of values expected from the faculty staff.

Autonomy

The Governor said he favoured autonomy to the universities without an extraneous influences but this should be dovetailed with greater accountability.

Earlier, he laid the foundation stone for the new facilities being created on the campus and expressed happiness that the architectural design of the new buildings blended with the prevailing heritage value of the existing structures.

"It is important for a university with such a pedigree that the new buildings are architecturally in tune with its surroundings," Mr. Chaturvedi said.

The new Life Science Block will have a plinth area of nearly 1,065 sq.metres and would have state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories. It is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 85 lakhs with funding by the University Grants Commission.

Likewise, the first phase of the international guesthouse will be completed in two years at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crores and the Pareeksha Bhavan will come up adjoining the Kukkarahalli Lake and it is being constructed to decongest the Crawford Hall.

The Governor also inaugurated the high mast lights installed on the campus and the new illumination system for the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion.

Prof. Shashidhar Prasad, Registrar N.D. Tiwari and faculty members and students of the university were present.

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