MU convocation on Feb 24

The Mangalore University has decided not to award any honorary doctorate at the 32nd annual convocation scheduled on February 24. 

Speaking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankaramurthy has said that the university had received nine bio-datas seeking honorary doctorates. As majority of them were philanthropists and social workers, and they were not coming under the eligibility criteria for the honorary doctorate as per the Karnataka Universities Act, the Syndicate of the University has not selected any person this year. The honorary doctorate should be conferred on those who have made outstanding contributions in the field of science and technology, education, music, literature, arts and law, says the guidelines. 

This is not the first time that the university has not conferred Honoris Causa since its inception. The honorary doctorates were not conferred in 1984 (2nd convocation), 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999 to 2004. From 2005 till 2013,  honorary doctorates were given continuously. So far, the university has conferred 39 DLit, 12 DSc and one LLD degrees. 

ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan will be the chief guest and deliver the convocation address. Chancellor H R Bharadwaj will preside while Minister for Higher Education R V Deshpande will grace the occasion. 

Degrees

The VC said that the university will award 112 Doctor of Philosophy degrees (Arts—20, science—68 commerce—8 and education—1), 38 gold medals, 65 cash prizes. In total, there are 60 ranks (PG—42, UG—18: Arts—13, science and technology—29, commerce—10, law—one, education—5 and PG diploma—02). 

A total of 1,059 students will receive the degrees in person. Out of 31,791 candidates appeared for the examinations during 2012-13, 20,486 (64.44 per cent) have passed. As far as PG courses were concerned, out of 4,002 candidates appeared, 3,788 (94.65 pc) passed. Out of 27,659 UG students appeared, 16,579 (59.94 pc) passed and out of 18 PG diploma candidates appeared for examinations, seven (38.89 pc) passed. NAAC team visits

The VC said that a seven member NAAC team (six experts and one coordinator) were in the university for assessment of the Mangalore University from February 17 to 20. The visit comes after the university applied for the reaccreditation from the NAAC after a gap of 14 years. The university had obtained the four star grade 14 years ago. The NAAC team visited the university two months after the university submitted its final self-study report. The executive committee of the NAAC will meet within three months and award the grade to the university. 

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