Kuvempu University Vice-Chancellor's term ends on Monday
It is my wish that the university becomes the top university in the State: VC
‘There should be no bureaucratic interference in the academic activities of the university'
SHIMOGA: “I am immensely happy and satisfied with my performance.”
These were the words of Kuvempu University Vice-Chancellor B.S. Sherigara, who will be laying down office on Monday on completion of his term.
He was talking to presspersons on the university campus Jnana Sahyadri on Saturday. Prof. Sherigara is the sixth Vice-Chancellor of the 23-year-old university. “It is my wish that Kuvempu University becomes the top varsity in the State,” Prof. Sherigara said. The university could easily take up the challenge to grow globally, given its excellent academic credentials and infrastructure, he said.
Although the university had improved its infrastructure, there was much to be done, he said, adding that at least Rs. 30 crore would be required to complete all ongoing work. Their completion depended on how quickly funds were released by the Government, he said.
The opening of the Postgraduate Centre of the university at Kadur in Chikmagalur district, independent building for the Sahyadri Arts and Commerce College constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 crore, substantial increase in the research output, introduction of the Nanotechnology Course at the postgraduate level and a separate building for it, construction of an auditorium at a cost of Rs. 7 crore, construction of a separate building for the MBA Department on the campus at a cost of Rs. 5 crore and upgrading the Konanakatte Sarovara on the campus were just some of the projects taken up when he was Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sherigara pointed out.
Work on a university building had been taken up at a cost of Rs. 8 crore on a five-acre plot of land allotted on the campus, he said.
There was a proposal for the university to take over a two-acre plot of land with 24 residential quarters belonging to the Karnataka Power Corporation near the Bhadra Reserve Project at a cost of Rs. 1.8 crore, with a view to construct staff quarters there, he added.
Prof. Sherigara said that the university had a beautiful campus that offered scope for development around nature.
He suggested that there should be no bureaucratic interference in the academic activities of the university.
Prof. Sherigara was a researcher in Chemistry. He was awarded a postdoctorate degree by the Mangalore University in 1988 for his research on “Kinetic and Analytical Investigations with Aromtic Halosulphonamides”. He joined Kuvempu University as professor of Industrial Chemistry in 1994.