Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mandavi Emerald, Manipal

Photos: Janardan Kodavoor

Mangalore University: Mangala Auditorium inaugurated

Mangalore April 29, 2011: Hon'ble Union Minister for Law and Justice, Dr Veerappa Moily inaugurated the "Mangala Auditorium" on Friday 29 April 2011 at Mangalagangothri, Konaje Mangalore. Hon'ble Minister for Higher Education, Karnataka and Pro Chancellor, Mangalore University, V S Acharya inaugurated the main entrance of the auditorium which has been built at the cost of Rs. 40 lakhs.

In his inaugural speech Dr. Moily said that Karnataka is the hub of Education, but Mangalore and Udupi have highest number of educational Institutions. Every Indian, Dr Moily said was talented in one or the other way and every human being is a perfect creature of the nature. Calling on the audience to encourage the talents, Dr Moily said parents, teachers and the institution have a major role in molding the future of children when they are in school. He urged the Institutions to provide a world class infrastructure to the students to support their studies and said quality education only can produce world class man power in our country. “When we have world class man power and world class infrastructure, the entire world will look up to India with respect,” said Moily adding that there was a urgent need for building the knowledge of economy and integrity in our work, and if we do so now, within 20 years India can be the superpower.

Dr Moily said that the University must take the leadership and encourage the students to pursue higher studies. He urged the faculty, administration and the parents to motivate the students by making education more interesting and maintain the excellence. University should acknowledge good colleges based on the development and quality of education in the colleges, because development of the college is the development of the University. He also said that the syllabus should be revised every year to include latest information as part of the education.

Dr. V S Acharya in his Presidential address said that Karnataka has created history in higher education. He also agreed with Dr Moily on the need for constant update in the syllabus. He said Mangalore University is only 30 year old compared to other universities in Bangalore and Mysore. Mangalore University is the youngest university and it has shown tremendous growth in higher education. He said while following the gross enrollement ratio we have to keep in mind the three things - they are Inclusive growth, retaining quality in education and quality product. In inclusive growth everyone should get opportunity for higher education. To retain quality in education, we have to teach the attitude with the help of counselors. And finally we have to see what we are producing, and the product must act as a catalyst and work for harmony. The government is spending 12,324 crores for education he said. While concluding he urged the students to inculcate the positive attitude within and become the strong pillars of the society. “You have better opportunities, better courses and better colleges to pursue your education,” he said and urged the students to utilize every opportunity which comes their way. Mangalorean

Monday, April 25, 2011

23/24 April 2011

Artist U Ramesh Rao, presents an oil painting as memento!

Photos: Janardan Kodavoor

Private Schools which completed 20 years to receive Govt. Grant

Katapadi, Mattu, 24 April 2011: “State BJP Government has come forward to give block grant to all Private Schools in the State which existed since 1987 to 2007” said Higher Education Minister Dr. V. S. Acharya. He was speaking during the felicitation program for the various representatives and achievers at Mattu Sandipani High School premises on Friday. He said that, the BJP Government upon coming to power in the state, has allotted rupees 128 crores in the first year and rupees 125 crores in the second year to the schools which established since the year 1987. During the cabinet meeting on Thursday the reservation issue on the recruitment of Teachers in Private Schools has been discussed and the approval on the same has been just received, said Dr. Acharya.

Kaup MLA Lalaji R. Mendon presided over the program. Udupi Shri Kaniyoor Mutt Seer Shri Vishwavallbhatheertha Swamiji performed Ashirvachana. On this occasion Mattu Vidhyavardhaka Sangha Founder President T. V. Rao, Udupi Jilla Panchayath President Katapadi Shankara Poojary, Taluk Panchayath Member Shrikar Anchan, Kavitha and also the donors who donated land for the Mattu Road were felicitated.

Manipal Indian Vikas Trust Administration Officer K. M. Udupa, Entrepreneur Pramod Madhvaraj, Nilavara Govardhanagari Trust Vishwasta Raghavendra Acharya, Jilla Panchayath Former President Sarasu Bangera, Kote Grama Panchayath President Pushpalatha, Vice President Dayananda Bangera, Lawyer Matti Ramachandra Rao, Lakshminarayana and Udupi Vasudeva Bhat were present on the occasion. Bellevision

Friday, April 22, 2011

Solar power target: 200 mw in 5 years

In a bid to comply with the Union government’s direction that at least 2.4 per cent of total power consumed in the state should come from renewable sources, the cabinet on Thursday decided to set up 200 mw solar power plants over the next five years.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the cabinet, higher education minister Dr V.S. Acharya said the cost of power generation by such solar plants would be shared by ESCOMs and would not be a burden on consumers. “We have decided to go in phased manner and set up 40 mw units every year. At the end of five years, plants for production of 200 mw will be set up,’’ he added.

The government has made the estimation based on a similar unit set up near Kolar by the Union government. The 3 MW project was set up at a cost of around Rs 58 crore. Besides, the project had consumed a lot of place.

“We require a place which will have 245 days sun shine and there are many places in north Karnataka, which are suitable for such projects,”’ Dr Acharya said.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also decided to increase the share value of Karnataka State Minorities Development Corporation from Rs 100 crore to Rs 150 crore. This would help students from minority communities to make use of educational loan up to Rs 50,000 at a rate of two per cent rate of interest.

Besides, the cabinet also extended administrative consent to the corporation for raising internal resources to the tune of Rs 25 crore, for Haj Bhavan at Tirumenahalli, near Yelahanka. The government had already sanctioned Rs 15 crore and allotted 3acres for the building.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mysore University Graduation 2011

Mysore, Apr. 11 (KMC&RK)- Union Law Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Narayana Hridayalaya Managing Director Dr. Deviprasad Shetty and People's Education Society (PES) Founder Chairman Prof. M.R. Doreswamy were conferred Honorary Doctorates by Higher Education Minister Dr. V.S. Acharya at the 91st Convocation of Mysore University yesterday.

The Convocation began two hours late at 6 pm since Dr. Acharya arrived late from Mangalore. (the delay was due to late arrival of special aircraft & bad weather en route). Governor-Chancellor H.R. Bhardwaj was absent. Renowned Sarod player Rajeev Taranath, who was also to receive the Doctorate, could not attend due to unforeseen circumstances. The posthumous Doctorate for Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, who founded the University in 1916, will be presented on a later date at the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore. All the dignitaries on the dais donned the traditional gowns and Mysore peta, upholding Mysore tradition.In all, 17,757 candidates were awarded degrees, of whom 9,856 were women. The convocation address was delivered by Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Science & Technology, New Delhi.

Varsities must introduce value-based education: Dr. T. RamasamiMysore, Apr. 11 (RK&DM)- "It is high time Indian Universities introduced value-based Education" opined. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Science & Technology Department, Government of India.He was delivering the convocation address at the 91st Convocation of Mysore University.There has been a significant increase in the number of students opting for higher education in the country. Even the literacy rate has jumped from 64 to 74 percent. It is estimated that nearly 3 crore students may enrol for higher education in the country by the year 2035. There is a need for introducing a new education system that forges east with the west, which also envisaged betterment of the society as a whole. By doing so, India would become a major educational hub in the entire world, he observed.Continuing, Ramasami said India is globally recognised for its rich tradition of culture and heritage. Value-based education is our strength. As such, it is important that everyone in the society is educated for the sustenance of morality in education. It is high time we concentrated on public education, he pointed out.Stressing the need for effectively meeting the challenges ahead, Ramasami said a national movement should be launched for value-based education and wondered what prevented us from having an education system that caters to the need of our future. Star Of Mysore

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dr V S Acharya Inaugurates New Office of Kaup Circle Inspector

Udupi, Apr 10: “The state has seen major growth in every sphere over the past five years chiefly due to the maintenance of law and order,” said district-in-charge minister Dr V S Acharya.
He was speaking after inaugurating the office of Kaup circle inspector which was built at a cost of Rs 14 lac during a function held here on Sunday April 10.

Dr Acharya announced that the state administration is committed to providing buildings, vehicles, armaments, and personnel to the police department as it intends to bring in reforms in the departmental set up.
Kaup MLA Lalaji R Mendon, in his presidential address, urged the state administration to bring a few areas of Kaup legislative assembly constituency that come under the jurisdiction of Karkala sub-division into Udupi district. He also urged them to provide vehicles to Kaup and Shirva police stations
. (Daijiworld)

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Mysore, Apr. 8 (KK&DM)- Higher Education Minister Dr. V.S. Acharya inaugurated the two-day international meet on 'Re-engineering of Management Education' at Cauvery Auditorium of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) this morning.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Acharya said the State has achieved a 13.15 % growth in higher education. There were a total of 138 lakh students enrolled in the State studying in classes ranging from first standard to PG courses. There were 103 lakh students studying in classes from 1st to 10th std, 25 lakhs for PUC, ITI and polytechnic courses and 10 lakhs for degree and PG courses. The State government has plans to increase the enrollment in collegiate education from the present 10 lakhs to 25 lakh over the next 7 years, he said.

Continuing, Dr. Acharya said the State government will give due importance to Management Education in this era of globalisation. Budgetary allocation for education in the State stood at Rs. 4,400 crore in 2004 while this figure touched Rs. 12, 284 crore five years later. In addition to this, private institutions too have made significant contribution to the field of education, he remarked. Pointing out that Karnataka has been recognised as the education hub in the Asian continent, Dr. Acharya said the state has over the years become a favourite destination for Asian students to pursue higher education.

Complimenting KSOU for its MBA course, Dr. Acharya said the increasing demand for the course is a good sign. Of late, there has been an increasing gap between education and employment and it is time for everyone concerned to introspect on the urgent need for bridging this gap, he said.

Josef Jooste Coetzee of Johannesburh, South Africa, delivered the keynote address. KSOU Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa presided.

Sanjeev Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Financial Services, New Delhi, Tushar Girinath, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate Education, KSOU Dean Prof. Jagadeesha, Registrar K.R. Jayprakash Rao were present.

Minister Acharya, Coetzee, Sanjeev Bajaj and Tushar Girinath were felicitated by the KSOU on the occasion.

Company representatives, MBA and Business Management students and experts from across the country and the world are taking part in this 2-day meet which concludes tomorrow with the valedictory address by Prof. K.B. Akhilesh of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore at 4 pm. Star Of Mysore

Monday, April 4, 2011

34 beneficiaries get autos under ITDP

The district administration in association with Zilla Panchayat, Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP) Udupi, Udupi City Municipality Corporation and Syndicate Bank organised programme to distribute auto-rickshaws to the beneficiaries belonging to Koraga community under ITDP project here at Ambedkar Bhavan on Sunday.

Speaking after giving away the keys of the auto-rickshaws to the beneficiaries, Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya said the government is taking all measures to support the primitive tribes in the State. Education, employment, nutrition, housing amenities for SC/ST and Koraga communities are some of the areas that are given more thrust by the government. About Rs 4,633 crore is allocated by the government as special component earmarked for the welfare programmes of SCs. The amount allocated during previous year was Rs 3,300 crore. Special financial component of Rs 1,800 crore for ST have been separately announced in the budget, he said. About Rs 300 crore has been earmarked to develop the hamlet areas belonging to SC/ST and as many as 300 areas have been identified for the purpose. Measures are being taken to introduce skill development programmes for the students belonging to SC/ST and funds will be released for the programme shortly, he said.

Dr Acharya urged the beneficiaries to maintain cordial relationship with the customers and pay the installments of the loan on time, he said.

The government has given about Rs 80,000 for the auto-rickshaw under ITDP project and Syndicate Bank has offered Rs 20,000 each to the auto-rickshaw. The CMC has provided a sum of Rs 20,000 to the beneficiaries residing within the CMC limits for the auto. As many as 34 beneficiaries were given auto-rickshaws on the occasion. Cheques were given away to as many as 6 beneficiaries under housing schemes and 9 for higher education programme under ITDP project on the occasion.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Praise for teachers

The spurt in India's literacy rate from 12 per cent during Independence to over 74 per cent, according to the latest census is a credit to the teachers of the country, Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya has said.

Speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of Vijaya Teachers' College here on Saturday, Dr. Acharya said the overall literacy rate had grown from 64.8 per cent in the past decade. Indicators of education and health had seen a steady progress, which would have been impossible without the dedicated effort of teachers.

The focus of the education system now, said Dr. Acharya, should be on gearing it towards the present demands of the competitive world and the changed nature of the economy. “Along with traditional education, we need a thrust on skill development and aptitude training,” he said. There were dramatic changes post 1992 and the education system had to adapt to the changing scenario, he said.

Teachers and heads of various institutions affiliated to Vijaya educational institutions were felicitated. Minister for Urban Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar and Jayanagar MLA B.N. Vijaya Kumar were present. News from TheHindu, Photo from the net.