Mangalore university to start Ambigara Chowdaiah Chair soon

New building to come up at cost of ` 2.2 cr only to house Chairs, says VC

The chair which is in the final stages of implementation shall be introduced by October end.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Dr T C Shivashankara Murthy says that there is a need to have coordinators, research assistants and staff assistants.

The statue for the proposed centre has been presented in the finance committee meet and will be presented in the academic council meet to be held on September 29 and on October 15 shall be proposed in the syndicate meet.

After the approval from all the three committees, it shall be sent to the government for approval. The chair will start working immediately after the varsity gets the green signal from the government, says Murthy.

Ambigara Chowdaiah was a saint who belonged to the Ambiga (Ferryman) community. He was a follower of Basavanna. He is very close to the people of fisherman community and they have taken keen interest in the implementation of the centre, says VC.

“The study centre shall aim to make people know about his work. It shall also find the status of fishermen in the region and conduct various research studies,” he adds.The VC says that there have been several requests from people to start a chair on Shree Narayana Guru, a Hindu saint and Benegal Narasing Rau, who played a vital role in preparing the draft of the Indian Constitution alongside Dr B R Ambedkar.  “In case the State government or UGC grants funds, then the University will be very happy to start study centers on these revered men,” he adds.

He also informed that a new building will come up at the cost of Rs 2.2 crores only to house the chairs and study centers functional at the University.

The integrated block which may be completed by year end will house some of the important chairs such as Yakshagana, Tulu, Kodava cultural study centers and others. The remaining study centers will be accommodated in the new commerce block.

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