Mangaluru, June 11, 2015: Mangalore University plans to tap solar energy to meet requirements of the campus. A proposal of Rs 10.6 crore has been submitted to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Minister for Human Resource Development in this regard. Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof K Byrappa said that experts have prepared a detailed project for the installation of solar panels.
He mentioned that the proposed solar energy systems is for all the buildings, hostels and also street lights on the campus. Any surplus energy may be given to the grid. The idea was not only to reduce the electricity costa but also to provide an example for tapping natural energy.
He then went on to state that the web portal of the Mangalore University will become operational soon, he said that the process of converting the website of the university is in progress and will make it interactive and user-friendly. Once the web portal becomes operational, various services of the university could be availed online. It will also help the university to conduct online examinations, make online admissions, and seek applications for various courses online. Various services of the university could be availed online, he said.
Students on the university campuses will be issued with smart cards, which could be used at information kiosks to get information such as attendance, fees and dues in library. Three such kiosks would be set up soon, the Vice-Chancellor said and added that the kiosk will also provide information on the facilities in the university.
The VC said that the university is also moving towards making the campus safe for students. CCTV surveillance will be taken up. Tender has already been invited for installing CCTVs and will be ready shortly. The vehicles inside the campus will be permitted only through one entrance after 7 pm. Security personnel will be placed at this gate to allow vehicles after recording details. Sensor-enabled street lights, which will be available as per need of students.
Stating that the government has released special grant of Rs 2.5 crore to strengthen the facilities in the department of physical education, the VC said that the fund will be utilised to set up physiotherapy and sports therapy unit. The university is giving importance for sports related activities. A 400-metre sports track is being readied at the campus.
Study Chair at MU in July 2015 after ’Ratnakaravarni’
Mangaluru : Study chair bearing the name of 16th Century Jain poet Ratnakaravarni will be inaugurated at Mangalore University in July 2015, informs MU VC K. Byrappa.
He addressed the media in this regard on June 10, and said that the State government has released Rs. 1 crore for it. It would be opened in mid-July, he said. The government in its 2013-14 Budget had announced the fund for the chair. Its main objective is to study the contributions of the celebrated Kannada poet to literature and initiate research activities. The university has appointed a professor as the co-ordinator of the chair.
The Jain poet was born and brought up in Moodbidri. ‘Bharatesha Vaibhava,’ authored in 1567, is considered as the masterpiece of Ratnakaravarni. Bharatesha Vaibhava, published by Kannada Sahitya Parishat, says the poet could have been born in 1532 in Moodbidri, which has now only an area named after the poet as Ratnakaravarni Nagara. His other prominent works include ‘Ratnakarashataka’ (in 1577), ‘Aparajithashataka’ (1582) and ‘Adhyatmageetha’ (1587). This event is awaited by a wide cross section of admirers.