Karnatak varsity doctorate for Ambareesh, Kharge

Karnatak University, Dharwad conferred honorary doctorates on four persons, including Union Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and cine actor-turned-politician Ambareesh during its 63rd annual convocation held at the Gandhi Bhavan on its campus here on Friday.

While Kharge, Ambareesh and veteran librarian K S Deshpande received the DLit degree in person, Shettar received it in absentia. Bhardwaj, who is also the Chancellor of the universities, presented the honorary doctorates, while Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari was the chief guest on the occasion.

It was also a proud moment for the gold medal winners who received it from Ansari. He presented the medals to eight candidates who won more than five medals.

‘Upgrade human capital’

In his convocation address, Ansari underscored the need for enhancing and upgrading human capital, which was most crucial for the sustained economic growth of the country.
“The emergence of India as a service-based, knowledge-driven economy has added fresh impetus to the necessity of enhancing and upgrading human capital.

This will be essential to meet the needs of a modern, globally competitive economy, to sustain rapid economic growth, promote international competitiveness and at the same time meet the rising expectations of youth in terms of employment and skills,” he said.

He nevertheless blamed the incompetent education system for poor track record in skill development and training the human capital.

He said the education system on the whole was not aligned to the skill and manpower needs of the market.

Therefore, skills shortage across sectors was accompanied by high levels of graduate unemployment. The skills creation had to conform to the global standards and the contemporary requirement of the economy, he said.

Ambareesh emotional

Ambareesh turned emotional while receiving the honorary doctorate. He remembered yesteryear heroes Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan and thanked the varsity for awarding him DLit.

Kharge, remembering his golden days spent in the varsity, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to his alma mater.

Following the visit of Ansari, the university campus was literally turned into a fortress. As many as 1,100 police personnel and high-ranking officials were deployed.

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