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Honorary degrees for Mata Amritanandamayi, Somanakatte Mutt seer

Mysuru: She is fondly referred to as ‘Amma’ among her legions of devotees. Now, Mata Amritanandamayi is all set to get yet some other feather in her hat with the University of Mysore (UoM) set to confer the ‘Honoris Causa’ degree at the 66-year-old saint, who has gained hearts internationally as the executive of a charity organisation this is active in 40 countries. The honorary degree will also be conferred on 65-year-old Karivrashabha Deshikendra Shivayogishwara Swami, the seer of the Somanakatte Sri Kadasiddeshwara Mutt in Nonavinakere, Tiptur in Tumakuru district.
Karnataka minister for upper training GT Devegowda is anticipated to preside over the graduation ceremony, the varsity’s 99th, which can be held, consistent with custom at Crawford Hall on Sunday. UoM VC Prof G Hemantha Kumar on Friday said that the varsity administration had written to the Election Commission in quest of permission for GT Devegowda’s presence at the tournament. “We were below the influence that the poll calendar would be announced in the third week of March, however since it was once declared earlier, we've sought permission from the EC, and are awaiting a reply,” said the VC, including that the Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala – the UoM chancellor – would now not be present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe will ship the keynote deal with at the convocation ceremony, while vice-president of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore BVR Chowdari will award degrees to the students.

Kumar added that the honorary degree to Mata Amritanandamayi would be conferred to her in Kerala, since she was once now not attending the ceremony. Queried in regards to the varsity’s collection of applicants for awarding the honorary degrees, Kumar said, “We despatched an inventory of 14 personalities, which incorporated cricketers, scientists, writers and spiritual heads to the governor. The knowledgeable committee really useful those two names, which the governor approved. We had no position in the variety procedure.”

Many academics have retired, says VC

The University of Mysore (UoM) vice-chancellor Prof G Hemantha Kumar on Friday said that he had submitted an offer to the government in quest of approval to recruit 320 academics. “The varsity has now not appointed a full-time instructor since 2007. On the other hand, the ones appointed in the 70s and 80s have retired. We have misplaced greater than 150 academics to superannuation up to now 5 years. Consequently, analysis at the varsity has been affected since a faculty member can't guide greater than 5 analysis scholars. Research task had come down final 12 months, however it is bettering, and we're publishing greater than 500 papers every year,” he added.

The UoM VC said that many non-teaching posts at the varsity were lying vacant too. “We are tiding over the issue with transient body of workers. Since the NAAC committee is slated to visit the varsity in January next 12 months, and they will take a detailed have a look at the trainer to pupil ratio, among other parameters. We are awaiting orders from the government to recruit faculty contributors and non-teaching team of workers by way of November,” said Kumar.

Prof Kumar, who's a professor of laptop science, said that he wants to verify Wi-Fi connectivity around the varsity’s a couple of campuses, and said that he wanted to verify automation and digitisation by way of 2020.

UoM’s 99th convocation

*28,163 scholars can be awarded degrees

*384 researchers can be awarded PhD

*368 medals can be awarded

*182 money prizes can be given

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