VC doesn’t want to confer honorary doctorate on them

As Karnatak University, Dharwad, (KUD) gears up for its annual convocation on February 15, a row has erupted over the selection of persons for honorary doctorates.

According to sources, Vice-Chancellor H.B. Walikar is reluctant to confer the degree on a politician.

In fact, he had earlier declared that no politician would be chosen for the honour during his tenure.

His stand has irked some Syndicate members who want to confer the honorary doctorate on Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who is an alumnus of the university.

Other politicians in the race are Union Minister for Labour and Employment M. Mallikarjun Kharge and actor-politician Ambareesh.

The names of the candidates are to be finalised during the special academic council and Syndicate meeting on Saturday, sources added.

Prof. Walikar has formed a subcommittee, headed by Syndicate member and BJP councillor Veeranna Savadi, to shortlist the names and send the list to the Governor for his approval.

Mr. Savadi is in favour of honouring Mr. Shettar, considered his mentor. Alumni who are in high posts should be considered for the honour. “What is wrong in conferring an honorary doctorate on Mr. Shettar and other such luminaries,” he asked.

Mr. Savadi added that the subcommittee would prepare the final list in a couple of days.

  • Some Syndicate members want honorary degree for Shettar

  • Final list expected to be ready in a few days