Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankaramurthy has said that the Kannada Study Centre of the university will be named after Prof S V Parameshwar Bhat, who was the first chairperson and Director of PG Centre of Mysore University in Mangalore in 1968.
Speaking at the ‘SVP sahithyavalokana’ organised as a part of Prof S V Parameshwar Bhat’s birth centenary celebrations at Mangalore University on Tuesday, he said that it was SVP who had laid foundation for the Kannada Study PG Centre of Mysore University in Mangalore.
He called upon the students to develop commitment in life for the success. “He has left a mark in the society, which will be remembered always in the days to come. The litterateurs and the students remember him through his works,” he said.
Inaugurating the programme, Hampi Kannada University former vice chancellor Prof B A Viveka Rai who was also his student said that it was SVP who had coined the name ‘Mangalagangothri’ for the campus of Mangalore University in Konaje.
He had created awareness on Kannada language and literature in schools and colleges of undivided Dakshina Kannada district. It was he who had persuaded the colleges in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, to start optional Kannada as a subject in colleges. “He had encouraged students to write articles in Kannada. He used to invite litterateurs like Da Ra Bendre, Masthi Venkatesh Ayyangar, B S Narasihmaswamy to the PG centre to deliver lectures.”
Dr Rai said that SVP had great sense of humour which can be noticed in his literary works.
He had started ‘Mane Manege Saraswathi’ programme in Mannagudda, Lalbagh and Bejai, wherein the students used to sell Kannada literary works, to create awareness among the commonman.
Prof S V Parameshwar Bhat was a poet and also had translated several works from Sanskrit to Kannada. He was known for his simplicity.
Dr Rai said that Kannada students have a lot to learn from outside the world rather than from the classroom lessons. There are a lot of opportunities for the students who have completed post graduation in Kannada.
Litterateur Erya Lakshminarayana Alva also spoke. Kannada Study Centre Chairperson Dr Sabiha was present.