Mangaluru, June 17, 2015: The Mangalore University conferred honourary doctorate on three prominent personalities during its 33rd annual convocation held at University campus in Mangalagangothri today June 17, 2015.
Former director of IISc, Bengaluru Goverdhan Mehta, eminent industrialist Shashi Kiran Shetty of Mumbai and eminent educationist B V R Chowdari of Singapore, received Honoris Causa (honourary doctorate) from the Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala.
The Governor who is also the chancellor of the university conferred the degrees to the candidates of arts, science and technology, commerce, education and law. Out of the 1,315 candidates, 88 candidates received their PhD degrees (arts - 11, science - 63, commerce - 9 and education - 5). In total, 57 rank holders (post-graduate 40/under-graduate -17: including 30 in science and Technology; 14 in arts, nine in commerce; three in education and one in post-graduate diploma along with 37 gold medals and 63 cash prizes were awarded on the occasion.
Eminent scientist and former Director of Indian Institute of Science Goverdhan Mehta called upon the Governor to safeguard the autonomy of University and protect them from political and bureaucratic meddling. He also asked the Governor to be the protector and promoter of quality in higher education.
Professor Mehta said though ensuring quality education was primary responsibility of the University and the rate of expansion witnessed in the past decade has severely compromised with the ability of the Universities to maintain and ensure quality.
“Endemic shortage of faculty and learning process, mindless proliferation of courses, dwindling infrastructure, inadequate budgetary support, indifferent leadership and governance deficit in general had a crippling effect on quality of education. The repeated mention in various for that less than 20 per cent of our graduates are employable is not without substance,” he said.