KARNATAKA

Abid Hussain to deliver convocation address

MYSORE, MARCH 17. The former Ambassador to the United States, Abid Hussein, will deliver the convocation address at the fifth convocation of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) here on Friday. In all, 7,739 students will receive various degrees during the convocation.

Disclosing this to presspersons here today, the Vice-Chancellor of KSOU, K. Sudha Rao, said that the honorary doctorates (D. Litt.) will be conferred on eminent sociologist, Andrew Bethley, the writer, K.S. Narayanacharya, and the theatre personality, Master Hirannaiah.

She said that of the total 7,739 students, 4,914 will receive postgraduate degrees, 2,825 under-graduation degrees, and four Ph.D. degrees. Giving the break-up, Dr. Sudha Rao said that 3,802 women candidates will receive various degrees during the fifth convocation.

A total of 11 gold medals and 16 cash prizes will also be awarded to meritorious students, she said.

Gold medal winners

The following is the list of gold medal winners: Mohammed Hazique (M.A. Urdu) — Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan Endowment Gold Medal; P. Selvi (B.A.) — Corporation Bank Endowment Gold Medal; Mayura Joshi (M.A. Sociology) — Ms. Sultan Bi and Mr. Mustafa Ali Khan Memorial Endowment Gold Medal; N.T. Rangappa (M.A. History) — Sadashiva Bhaskar Sirasata Shivanand Memorial Gold Medal; Prathibha Jennifer Andrade (MBA) — Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. Mysore Endowment Gold Medal; G. Girshma Prabhu (M.Com.) — Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. Mysore Endowment Gold Medal; Jaya Kumara Koiluli (B. Com.) — Corporation Bank Endowment Gold Medal; Lalita Laxmi Narayan Bhat (M.Ed.) — Late B.R. Iyengar and Late S.R. Krishnaswamy Endowment Gold Medal; L. Savitha (B.Ed.) — Alumni Association Endowment Gold Medal; T. Krishnamurthy (B.Ed.) — Alumni Association Endowment Gold Medal; G. Nirmala (B.Li.Sc.) — Sri Sanna Rame Gowda and Ms. Devammanni Endowment Gold Medal.

Dr. Sudha Rao also announced that the South Asia Foundation scholarships will be distributed to 1,200 students of KSOU, hailing from the economically weaker sections of society. She said that each student will receive Rs. 4,500 from the foundation that has been established by Madanjit Singh, the Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO for lifetime.

She said that the Minister for Higher Education, D. Manjunath, will hand over the cheques to students at the KSOU campus on Friday.

Among others, Dr. Sudha Rao said that the KSOU had introduced 17 new courses during the year, including the diploma in creative teaching.

The diploma, she said, was being introduced to overcome the shortage of teachers in the education sector.

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