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K. Chidananda Gowda lays down office tomorrow

Achievements Opening of Kuvempu Centenary Building, Bio-Sciences BlockIntroduction of semester system at the undergraduate level in 130 collegesIntroduction of choice-based credit system at the postgraduate levelLaunching of five-year integrated courses in M.Sc in Applied Physics and M.Sc in Applied Chemistry

SHIMOGA: "Though I could not do all that I planned, at least I have satisfaction over what I have done." - This was how the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University K. Chidananda Gowda remarked of his four-year-old term in an interaction with presspersons here on Monday.

Prof. Gowda lays down his office on Wednesday evening. The last official function he will attend is the inauguration of the indoor stadium and laboratory of bio-technology by Union Minister of State for Programme Implementation Oscar Fernandes at Jnana Sahyadri, the varsity campus, about 30 km from here, on Wednesday.

Prof. Gowda said he will hand over the charge to the seniormost dean of faculty - either V.N. Bhat of the Post Graduate Department of Sociology and or K. Puttaiah of the Post Graduate Department of Environmental Sciences.

Prof. Gowda, a computer scientist of repute, steered the university - named after the renowned Kannada poet Kuvempu, who is also his father-in-law - for four years without any controversies.

His term was marked by several development works, including construction of new buildings and introduction of innovative courses. He gave priority to improvement of infrastructure on the campus.

The important buildings completed and opened during his tenure included the Kuvempu Centenary Building, Bio-Sciences Block, administrative building and staff quarters on the main campus at Shankarghatta about 30 km from here; library, Diamond Jubilee Building on the premises of the Sahyadri College-a constituent college of the university, ladies hostel and residential quarters at the Post Graduate Centre at Shivagangotri in Davanagere.

What is considered the major achievement of Prof. Gowda is the introduction of semester system at the under-graduate level in 130 colleges in four districts of Shimoga, Chitradurga, Davanagere and Chikmagalur.

The introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at the postgraduate level and five-year integrated courses in M.Sc in Applied Physics and M.Sc in Applied Chemistry was on his initiative.

Apart from this, nine new postgraduate courses in arts and science, eight courses in engineering and two courses in education were introduced during his tenure. The language laboratory was opened at the Post Graduate Department of English to train students in English proficiency.

Prof. Gowda is leaving the campus a happy man.