'Research theses should not become antiques'

book release: Union Minister for Law  M Veerappa Moily releasing ‘Karavali Karnataka Marati Jananga: Parampare mattu Adhunikate’ in Mangalore on Tuesday.  dh photo

Speaking after releasing ‘Karavali Karnataka Marati Jananga: Parampare mattu Adhunikate,’ a research work by Dr K Sundar Naik, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Development), here on Tuesday, he said the universities should make way for further discussions on the researches done under it.

“The value of a book gets enhanced only through discussions on it. It is the responsibility of the varsities to see that the theses submitted to it should not become antiques,” he advised. He also said if the results of any research goes against the interests of a particular community, such research should be declared invalid.

Stating that India is a pluralistic society, Moily said there had been attempts to create a mono culture in the country which, fortunately, could not be achieved. He said there is a need for a new generation of researchers in social sciences, who should take up researches without a prejudiced mentality.

Introducing the book, Mangalore University Registrar (Administration) Prof K Chinnappa Gowda said the book is a comprehensive cultural study of the Marati community.
“The work indicates that it has not been done just with the intention of attaining a PhD degree, but with the objective of understanding the miseries of the community members,” he observed.

Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof K M Kaveriappa presided. Century Group head P Dayanand Pai, former director of State Treasury K K Naik and former additional commissioner of Commercial Taxes B Dharmana Naik were present.

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