Mangaluru, Jan 19, 2017 : State government will extend financial support to all study chairs in state universities that take up progressive and meaningful activities, assured CM Siddaramaiah. "We will ensure that active study chairs are oriented creatively towards society and do not remain mere ’baddi peetas’ as Baragur Ramachandrappa referred to them as,"CM said, tacitly admitting that most study chairs are either inactive or unable to function properly for want of funds.
Inaugurating the Brahmashree Narayana Guru Study Chair of Mangalore University on Thursday, CM said the government has allocated Rs 2 crore for this study chair and already released Rs 1 crore. Assuring that remaining funds will be released soon, he directed vice-chancellor K Byrappa who chaired the function to ensure the chair functions well. Active and creative study chairs set up for distinctive purposes in state universities will not be let down, he assured.
Noting that Brahmashree Narayana Guru was born in a time when caste system was rampant, he said the social reformer saint born in the underbelly of such a system ensured the underprivileged too had a say in worshipping their own deity. While such visionaries leave us behind physically, their thoughts and deeds will remain with humanity forever and continue to inspire mankind for times immemorial. The chairs should spread such thoughts among the masses, he noted.
Exhorting the youth not to compromise with the system, but overcome it with their scientific and pragmatic outlook to life, CM said those who do so will never be able to clean the ills that plague society. One can expect such an outlook to life from a literate society that Dakshina Kannada and Udupi is, where the gross enrolment ratio is a healthy 65% compared to state average of 27%, which in turn is slightly higher than the national average of 24%, Siddaramaiah said.
Minister for higher education Basavaraj Rayareddy inaugurated the modular labs of the university. B Ramanath Rai, district in-charge minister honoured athletes of the university who excelled in national level sports meet. Writer Baragur Ramachandrappa and folk scholar Viveka Rai released silver jubilee publications of Prasaranga of the university. Vinaykumar Sorake, MLA released books brought out by the Study Chair. K M Lokesh, registrar welcome the gathering.