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90th convocation of the University of Mysore held

2,997 candidates conferred PG degrees

106 Ph.Ds awarded in the faculty of arts

MYSORE: M. Rama Jois, former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand has lamented the moral degradation in society and decline in cultural values in the country.

He was delivering the 90th convocation address of the University of Mysore here on Friday.

Mr. Jois, who is the former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, said six decades after independence enormous development and progress had taken place in the field of university education.

A large number of private universities and colleges in all faculties with good infrastructure and facilities — both in private and public sectors — had come into existence. Though proficiency had been acquired through these educational institutions in various subjects, creation of men of character was conspicuous by its absence, Mr. Jois said.

Moral degradation in society was alarming and cultural values such as gratitude, honesty, truthfulness, respect for womanhood, and desire to lead a simple life were declining in society which had laid emphasis on materialism and commerce without importance to morality, he said. As a result, there were eminent individuals in every profession or avocation but several of them were without ethics, and this was the biggest problem being faced by the country, Mr. Jois said.

The university conferred an honorary doctorate on Meira Kumar, Lok Sabha Speaker, and Sukhdeo Thorat, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, in absentia. Goverdhan Mehta, National Research Professor and Chairman of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, was conferred a doctorate.

In all, 17,791 candidates, including 9,715 women, were eligible to receive their degrees, and the percentage of women graduating was higher than men.

The university also conferred Ph.Ds on 301 candidates in 51 subjects.

The highest number of Ph.Ds (106) was awarded in the faculty of arts (30 for women). In the commerce faculty, 10 Ph.Ds were awarded (three for women). In the field of science and technology 163 candidates, including 53 women, qualified for Ph.D.

Topper

M.R. Sandhya, M.A. (Kannada) from the Postgraduate Centre in Mandya, topped the chart of medal winners by bagging eight gold medals and two cash prizes while S. Aruna Kumari, M.A. (Jain and Prakrit) bagged eight gold medals.

In the faculty of science and technology, Sudeesh Kumar, who completed his M.Sc. in Chemistry from Government Science College, Hassan, topped the chart with eight gold medals and two cash prizes. Of the 17,791 candidates, 2,997 were conferred postgraduate degreesof whom 1,467 were women. Similarly, 14,493 candidates received graduate degrees of whom 8,150 were women candidates.

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