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Rs. 50 crore announced for centenary celebration of University of Mysore

The centenary celebrations of the University of Mysore will begin on July 27.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

The centenary celebrations of the University of Mysore will begin on July 27.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM  

Even as the University of Mysore is getting ready to host its centenary celebration, the government, in a goodwill gesture, announced a grant of Rs. 50 crore for the historic fete which begins on July 27, the day the university was established in 1916.

The university had sought Rs. 100 crore from the government for the centenary fete. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, however, doled out Rs. 50 crore in the State Budget presented by him on Friday.

Expressing gratitude towards the government’s gesture, Vice-Chancellor K.S. Rangappa said, “I thank the government for its benevolence. Actually, we had sought Rs. 100 crore from it for realising certain projects. But we are happy with the allocation.”

The university is planning to invite President Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate the year-long celebrations.

The university has proposed to develop a state-of-the-art technology-driven international convention centre at a cost of Rs. 30 crore. A planetarium, proposed to be set up at a cost of Rs. 20 crore, and an interactive museum planned at a sum of Rs. 20 crore are the other projects in addition to bringing out a volume and a coffee table book on the 100-year history of the university.

The university had also sought Rs. 100 crore from the Centre for the centenary.

A proposal on the university’s centenary plans had been submitted to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). A sum of Rs. 10 crore had been sought from the University Grants Commission (UGC) under a Special Heritage Scheme for holding the fete.

The unspoiled campus of Manasagangotri has been proposed for beautification. Signage, fountains, electronic information display boards, eco-friendly buggies for campus tours, heritage bus shelters, parking lots and a countdown clock at Crawford Hall and the university library have been proposed at a cost of Rs. 10 crore.

Plans are afoot to rope in internationally-renowned filmmaker Shyam Benegal to conceptualise a documentary film on the university’s glorious journey.

Study centres

Mr. Siddaramaiah announced the setting up of study centres in memory of Jnanpith Award-winner late U.R. Ananthamurthy, and artist and folklorist P.R. Thippeswamy at the University of Mysore here.

A sum of Rs. 1 crore each had been set aside in the State Budget for the study centres.

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