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Think of rural reconstruction, varsities told

Proud: (From left) B.V. Acharya, N. Vinaya Hegde, P. Dayananda Pai, M.K. Panduranga Setty, Y.M. Chandrashekara Sharma, M. Mukunda Prabhu and A. Sivathanu Pillai who received honorary doctorates at the convocation of Mangalore University on Wednesday. — Photo: R. Eswarraj

Proud: (From left) B.V. Acharya, N. Vinaya Hegde, P. Dayananda Pai, M.K. Panduranga Setty, Y.M. Chandrashekara Sharma, M. Mukunda Prabhu and A. Sivathanu Pillai who received honorary doctorates at the convocation of Mangalore University on Wednesday. — Photo: R. Eswarraj   | Photo Credit: THE HINDU CHENNAI— Photo: R. Eswarraj

Staff Correspondent

UPSC Chairman D.P. Agrawal delivers convocation address at Mangalore University



Honorary doctorates presented to seven persons including N. Vinaya Hegde

Doctorate degrees given to 62 students, gold medals to 29 students



MANGALORE: Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission D.P. Agrawal said on Wednesday that research and development activities taken up by universities should help produce high-yielding varieties of seeds, quality manure and also improve agricultural technology.

He said that if that did not happen, skilled and unskilled workers from rural areas would continue to migrate to urban areas “creating great stress on urban infrastructure”.

Mr. Agrawal was delivering the 27th convocation address of Mangalore University at Mangalagangotri.

He said that the heads of universities and the corporate sector should think about rural reconstruction. Agriculture still remained crucial for the overall growth of the country.

Productivity in this sector was poor and its gross domestic product was much smaller, he said.

Mr. Agrawal said that universities must connect the “lab to the land”.

Universities must take the lead in developing an “integrated public-private sector participation” to change the face of rural India. This could be done by imparting the skills of sound management practices, appropriate technologies and efficient utilisation of financial resources to rural people. The focus should also be on meeting the needs of the weak and marginalised sections of society.“The first and foremost responsibility of universities is to produce well-informed, motivated, innovative and cultured citizens of the nation,” he said.

Honorary doctorate

Minister for Higher Education and Pro-Chancellor of the university Arvind Limbavali presented honorary doctorates to seven persons.

They are gemmologist and prominent collector of sea shells M. Mukunda Prabhu, scientist and Chief Controller of the Defence Research and Development Organisation A. Sivathanu Pillai, legal experts B.V. Acharya and Y.M. Chandrashekara Sharma, educationist M.K. Panduranga Setty, Chancellor of Nitte University N. Vinaya Hegde and builder and philanthropist P. Dayananda Pai.

The Minister presented doctorate degrees to 62 students, gold medals to 29 students and cash prizes to 58 students.

Amoli Martha Rodrigues, who studied Mass Communication and Journalism, won four gold medals. She said that she had joined the course by chance and had not expected to win the medals. She is presently working as an instructional designer with Infosys in Pune.

Anushree A., who bagged two gold medals in Applied Zoology, said that that she had expected the rank. Now she is a teacher at Poornaprajna College, Admaar in Udupi district.

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