136 gold medals given away to 77 students Ph.D. degrees presented to 87 candidates
GULBARGA: It was a memorable occasion for Roopa Hanumanthrao, Padmarchana Rajendra Prasad, Sunita Siddaram Katake and H.D. Gayatri when the jam-packed auditorium thundered with applause while they accepted gold medals and certificates from Governor T.N. Chaturvedi and Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy at the 25th convocation of the Gulbarga University here on Thursday.
While Roopa won the highest number of eight gold medals standing first in MBA examinations conducted by the university this year, Padmarchana Rajendra Prasad received six gold medals for securing highest marks in MCA. Sunita Siddaram Katake and H.D. Gayatri received five gold medals each for standing first in Mathematics and LLB examinations respectively.
D.N. Hanumanthapa who had won seven gold medals for securing highest marks in MA Kannada was, however, absent at the convocation. As many as 77 students shared 136 gold medals and among them, women (41) outnumbered men (36).
The Governor also gave away Ph.D degrees to 87 candidates in the convocation. While the former Chief Justice of the Kerala and Karnataka High Courts, V.S. Mallimath, delivered the convocation address, Vice-Chancellor B.G. Mulimani welcomed the Governor and other guests. Registrar S. Rajanna introduced the gold medal winners and Ph.D awardees.
A discordant note at the convocation was the rendering of the Kannada Nada Geete "Jaya Bharatha Tanu Jathe Jayehe Karnataka Mathe" penned by Kuvempu, in a different tune. Similarly, the Gulbarga University song penned by Basavaraj Sabarad was also rendered in a different tune.
These new tunes lacked vigour and took the audience by surprise.