Thursday, October 28, 2010

Press Meet 27.10.2010

The Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi will no longer be under the control of the State with the “erroneous notification” of the Muzrai Department published in April 2003 being withdrawn with immediate effect.

Briefing presspersons on the Government Order, Minister for Higher Education and Udupi district in-charge, V.S. Acharya, said the 800-year-old temple would be administered by the Ashta Maths, as has been practised for several centuries.

The Paryaya swamiji, who offers worship to Lord Krishna at the temple, will also administer the Krishna Math, and both the math and the temple were considered an integral math in accordance with a judgment of the Supreme Court.

Dr. Acharya said it was unfortunate that a government department issued an erroneous notification classifying the Sri Krishna Temple, along with several other temples, as a property of the Government.

A formal representation was made to the Government in August 2008 requesting that the Sri Krishna Temple be denotified from the list of temples notified by the Muzrai Department as those belonging to the Government.

Education: In another development, the Government has written to the Union Home Minister highlighting what it has termed the non-cooperation of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj in the administration of the State.

Dr. Acharya said it was improper of the Governor to turn down the suggestion of the State Government, based on the recommendations of a search committee, in the appointment of vice-chancellors.In a recent case, the Governor turned down the appointment of S.B. Hinchageri as the Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak University, Dharwad, and instead appointed H.B. Walikar, he said.This has been challenged in the Karnataka High Court.

The Minister said of the 11 government engineering colleges approved by the Yeddyurappa Government so far, civil works of 10 colleges were in progress.

Among the college buildings in the final stages of construction are those in Haveri, Hassan and Ramanagaram. The Government had called for appointment of 60 assistant professors for the engineering colleges and 470 teaching staff for the polytechnics.


27.10.2010: Experts want policy on sustainable development

BANGALORE: Urban governance experts on Wednesday called for a policy of sustainable development.

Speaking at the seventh anniversary of Centre for Sustainable development (CSD), Shekar Vishwanathan, deputy managing director, Toyota Kirloskar, said: "Sustainable development needs essential economic, social and environmental dimensions. Industries could do a lot towards sustainable development while citizens have a big social responsiblity especially towards environment. For instance, during the packaging of a car, beginning from the production till the delivery there is enormous amount of water used. So we told our dealers to recycle water."

Minister for higher education, V S Acharya, said: "We all know the importance of non-renewable resources and the need to preserve them."


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

22.10.2010: Maharshi Valmiki Jayanthi

Pic: Janardan Kodavoor

Udupi: Rs. 40 crore for the welfare of weaker sections: Acharya

Udupi Oct 23: Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya said on Friday that the State Government had allotted Rs. 40 crore for welfare schemes to uplift the backward communities. He was inaugurating Sri Maharshi Valmiki Jayanti celebrations organised by the district administration and the zilla panchayat here.

Dr. Acharya said the State Government had decided to build Valmiki Bhavans at a cost of Rs. 1 crore each in 18 districts. Hostels for students coming from weaker sections of society would be built in 32 of the 114 most backward taluks identified by the Nanjundappa Committee Report. This would benefit 3,800 students.

To help students of weaker classes to appear for the civil service examinations, the Government would pay for their training in best institutions. Nearly 35,000 students got benefits of the Morarji Desai and other schools built for their benefit in the State.The Government had formulated several programmes to provide education, training, employment, housing and basic civic amenities to the people belonging to weaker classes.

Valmiki, Vyasa and Kalidasa were three great poets of Sanskrit literature. There was a misconception that Sanskrit language was the exclusive preserve of upper castes. But Valmiki, Vyasa and Kalidasa belonged to backward communities and made stellar contribution to Sanskrit literature, Dr. Acharya said.

Writer and president of Udupi District Kannada Sahitya Parishat Ambatanaya Mudrady said that Valmiki Jayanti celebrations should not be confined to a single community. Valmiki was the foremost poet of the country and belonged to all people and not to any one community. Knowledge and talent was not restricted to any one community. Everyone could aspire and strive to achieve it, Mr. Mudrady said.

Coordinator of the Integrated Tribal Development Project Urmila welcomed the gathering. MLA Raghupati Bhat presided over the function. Deputy Commissioner P. Hemalatha, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat N. Rajashekhar, and zilla panchayat member Gerald Fernandes were present. (The Hindu/ Mangalorean)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Eradicate financial and banking illiteracy

200 welfare schemes for people not utilised fully

BETTER MONEY MANAGEMENT: Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya speaking at the inauguration of the Jnana Jyothi Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling Trust in Manipal on Wednesday

Manipal: Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya said here on Wednesday that the Government was promoting financial inclusion throughout the State. He was inaugurating the Jnana Jyothi Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling Trust.

The trust, which is sponsored by the SyndicateBank and Vijaya Bank, aims at extending free financial literacy and credit counselling services to existing and potential customers of all the banks in their 10 lead districts in the State.

Dr. Acharya said that many people were unaware of the financial products on offer by banks. It was time that concerted efforts were made to remove this “financial and banking illiteracy”. Although the State Government had formulated about 200 welfare schemes for the sake of people, people were unable to take advantage of them because of their financial illiteracy. The trust would train one lakh gram panchayat members in the State, about banking products and financial inclusion. Since these members live in villages, they would be in a better position to promote financial inclusion.

The Government was providing farm loans at a subsidised interest rate of 3 per cent and subsidised educational loans were available for students.

Karnataka was the first State to take steps to tackle the effects of the global economic meltdown. The strong fundamentals of banks had helped the country tide over this crisis effectively. There was appreciable recovery from the meltdown in the first quarter of 2009. The results of the first quarter of 2010 were the best in the last decade, Dr. Acharya said.

Ramdas M. Pai, Chancellor of Manipal University, said the trust should try to reach “unbanked” villages and promote financial inclusion.

D.T. Pai, managing trustee of the trust, welcomed the gathering.

T. Satish U. Pai, chairman of Manipal Media Network Ltd., released the publicity material of the trust. G.V.K. Shetty, trustee, proposed a vote of thanks.

T.V. Bhat, trustee; S.S. Shet, S.K. Abrol and Sridhar Jas, general managers of SyndicateBank, Santosh Kamath, Deputy General Manager and N. Rajashekhar, chief executive officer of zilla panchayat, were present.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Climate Change and its Impact on Natural Resources

Shivaram Karanth Award for Girish Kasaravalli

Photo: Janardan Kodavoor

Brahmavar, October 19, DHNS: Noted film director Girish Kasaravalli was awarded 'Dr Kota Shivarama Karantha award' at the Giriyaru Shambhavi School premises in Kota here on Sunday by Kota Thattu Gram Panchayat in association with the Dr Karantha Janmotsava Samiti.

Speaking after honouring Kasaravalli, Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya said that Dr Karantha produced literary works after studying all aspects of literary field deeply. “He was the symbol of love and affection,” he added.

Accepting the award, Kasaravalli said that Dr Karantha had an open mind for modern technology. Dr Karantha, who is an artist, environmentalist, litterateur and thinker, was keen on cinema too.

“The society today is being controlled by cinemas and television shows. Dr Karantha, who was talking authentically about cinema in 1930s itself, had a great vision towards future,” he said adding that Dr Karantha was a writer with dedication and honesty. (Mangalorean)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bharat Scouts, Guides Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Bldg

Mangalore, Oct 3: The Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Building of the Bharat Scouts and Guides, Dakshina Kannada district association was inaugurated by minister for higher education, Dr V S Acharya on Sunday October 3.

The building was inaugurated at the District Training Centre for Scouts and Guides, Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, Vamanjoor, here. Addressing the gathering, Acharya said that he would entreat chief minister B S Yedyyurappa to allot a sum of Rs 56 lac for the provision of free uniforms of scouts and guides to financially backward students. He also commended DKDA for promoting scouts and guides activities in the region.

On the same occasion the I A Kairanna Auditorium was inaugurated by K Abhayachandra, chief whip, member of state legislative assembly while the Dr P Dayanand Pai and P Sathish Pai Dining Hall was inaugurated by Dr P Dayanand Pai, chairman, Century Group, Bangalore.

The chief guest for the occasion included Santhosh Kumar Bhandary, president, zilla panchayat, DK, N Yogish Bhat, MLA, U T Khader, MLA, Vinaya Kumar Sorake, former Member of Parliament, Nagaraj Shetty, chairman, Coastal Development Authority and Dr K R Shetty, vice-patron, BS&G, DK.

The Bharat Scouts and Guides Bhavan at Lalbagh had limited space and hence the distrct administration helped the association by providing vast space at Pilikula. The foundation stone was laid on June 20, 2000 and the building is now complete. Daijiworld

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Karnataka: Preferred destination for higher education

Mangalore, October 2: Karnataka Examination Authority of Government of Karnataka has successfully completed the admission process for the medical and engineering courses for the year 2010-2011, Minister for Higher Education VS Acharya said.

Speaking to the media persons on sidelines of the 16th annual all India Conference of National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) at Sanganiketan here on Saturday, he said that there are a total of 48045 engineering and medical seats including BE, MBBS, BDS, BUMS, BAMS and BHMS seats available in 297 higher education institutions across the state. Among them, all 1822 medical seats have been filled up and out of 41091 engineering seats, 38105 seats have been filled up. As many as 6652 seats are still vacant because of the unavailability of the aspirant students, he said.

Denying allegation that the government institutions lack basic infrastructure and good faculty, Acharya said that the students prefer government and private colleges equally in the state.

“Karnataka is the most preferred destination for Higher education in entire country”, he added.

Before addressing media persons Acharya inaugurated the two-day conference. In his inaugural address, Minister said that Karnataka has emerged No 1 state in the country as far as the banking industry and financial management are concerned. District-in-charge Minister Krishna J Palemar, Mayor Rajani Dugganna, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel were among those present. Coastal Digest

Saturday, October 2, 2010

02.10.2010: Gandhi Jayanthi

Photos by Janardan Kodavoor
Udupi, Oct 4: The qualities of non-violence, simplicity, truth and non-greediness reflect the core of Santana Dharma, said minister of higher education Dr V S Acharya.

He was speaking after garlanding the statue of Gandhiji near Bhujanga Park, Ajjarkadu here on Saturday October 2. "Though Gandhiji had studied law, instead of lucrative profession opted to serve the downtrodden, which later gave him recognition worldwide. Our nation would have been the most self-sufficient and strong if we only had implemented the nation envisaged by Gandhiji, he observed.

Dr Acharya said, "If we can only develop in all the fields in equal measure as to in the fields of education, health and cleanliness, it is possible to attain greater heights."

Deputy commissioner P Hemalata, town municipality president Kiran Kumar, vice-president Bharati Chandrashekar, members Yashpal Suvarna, Ravi Ameen and senior citizen U damodar among others were present. Gamsmriti, a music programme by the team of Sarigama Bharati Vidyalaya, Manipal was held on the occasion.

Dr Acharya also garlanded the statue of gandhiji at the Malpe beach on the day. MP D V Sadananda Gowda, MLA Raghupati Bhat, deputy commissioner P Hemalata and Panduranga Malpe of Malpe Development Committee among otehrs were present.

Friday, October 1, 2010