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Prized possession: Students with their gold medals at the convocation of Tumkur University on Monday.
Prized possession: Students with their gold medals at the convocation of Tumkur University on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

2,372 students receive degrees at Tumkur University’s first convocation

TUMKUR: India was fast becoming a key player in the growing global economy, the former Governor T.N. Chaturvedi said here on Monday.

Delivering the Tumkur University’s first convocation address, Mr. Chaturvedi said: “We must strive to promote excellence at all levels.”

Congratulating the students who received their degrees at the convocation, Mr. Chaturvedi said: “The horizons of knowledge are always expanding. To take note of this reality is the hallmark of personal excellence.”

Mr. Chaturvedi, during whose tenure as Governor the varsity secured sanction, said: “Tumkur is celebrated in legend and history. It is endowed by nature and has great potential for educational development”.

“It is good to see the new university growing. It has acquired a formal name as Tumkur University.”

“It is the bounden duty of all of us to avail ourselves of the facilities provided in a rational, systematic and planned manner with clarity of objectives and matching strategy,” he said.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur, who is the Chancellor of the varsity, presided over the convocation and awarded degrees to 1,914 graduates in arts, science, commerce, and education, and 458 postgraduates in Mathematics, Commerce, Kannada and History. They included 124 rank-holders. Twenty-one graduates received gold medals.

They included Anupama B.G., Narayana Naik, H.B. Shweta, T. Ravikumar, K.S. Rudresh, M. Lata, J. Shabana Yasmin, G. Mamata, D.S. Phanindra, N. Dhruvakumar, C.G. Darshan, N.H. Lohit, H.M. Karibasappa, R.K. Ramya, Y.B. Shilpa, M.P.Shewta, Anita Panduranga, S. Tanuja, H.P. Satish, A. Ravi and C.B. Rajani.

Earlier welcoming the dignitaries, O. Anantharamaiah, Vice-Chancellor of the varsity, said he was happy that the first batch of students had earned their degrees by hard work and against all odds faced by them during the formative days of the university.

He said the Government had provided 280 acres for the varsity campus at Bidarikatti, near Tumkur.

The campus would be built and named “Jnanadri”. A chair each on Basaveshwara, B.R. Ambedkar and Jagjivan Ram would be set up. A postgraduate course on women’s studies would be introduced.

Dr. Anantharamaiah said the university would get into publication of books by setting up a “Prasaranga.”

Doctorate

Mr. Thakur conferred honorary doctorate on B. Sheik Ali, former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University and Goa University, H.M. Gangadharaiah, founder of the Siddhartha Educational Institutions, M.S. Ramaiah, founder of M.S. Ramaiah Group of Educational Institutions, and K.S. Ashwath, well-known Kannada actor.

M.R. Jayaram, elder son of the late Ramaiah and G. Shivaprasad, elder son of the late Gangadharaiah, received the honours.

Accepting the honour, Prof. Ali said India had a great role to play in the world today. Karnataka had contributed much to the Indian culture and music.

Dr. Anantharamaiah said the university would also confer honorary doctorate on Shivakumar Swamiji of Siddaganga Math.

The convocation started more than 30 minutes behind schedule as the Governor arrived late. T. Ranganath, Registrar of the varsity, proposed a vote of thanks. The Governor, before returning to Bangalore, unveiled a website of the international Sanskrit Sammelan, which is scheduled to be held here in May.

He said Sanskrit scholars should strive towards unearthing the great treasure of knowledge hidden in the (Sanskrit) language for the benefit of the mankind.

Visvesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math, Udupi, was present.

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