HAMPI: The Kannada University conferred the Nadoja (teacher of the State), a degree equivalent to honorary D.Litt., on V.T. Kale (fine art), Saalu Marada Thimmakka (social service) and Muni Venkatappa (folk art) in recognition of their contribution in their respective fields of interest, at its 18th “Nudi Habba” (convocation) here on Wednesday.
In the absence of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, who is also the Chancellor of the university, and Higher Education Minister and Pro-Chancellor Aravind Limbavali, Vice-Chancellor A. Murigeppa conferred the Nadoja on the three personalities.
The honorary degree was conferred in absentia on S.R. Rao, renowned marine archaeologist, and D.N. Shankar Bhat, linguist.
As has been the practice, Nadoja recipients were brought to the venue in a procession in which the Vice-Chancellor, Syndicate members and Deans of various faculties participated.
Dr. Murigeppa also conferred D.Litt. on M. Krishappa, K. Sharrifa, Dinakar Pachchnadi and K.V. Srinivas from the Language faculty; G. Shankar Rao, M. Venkataswamy, S.L.N. Swamy and Indira Hegde from the Social Science faculty, and on M.S. Murthy and Vidyabhushan from the Fine Arts faculty.
As many as 73 people were awarded Ph.Ds. on the occasion and 182 people were given M.Phil. degrees.
Earlier, Chairman Karnataka Sahitya Academy M.H. Krishnaiah released 51 books brought out by the publication wing of the university.
Well-known playwright Chandrashekar Kambara delivered the convocation address.