Varsity awards 112 PhDs, 60 ranksat 32nd convocation

14 students of St Ann's College of Education received PhD degrees

“Consistency in studies and support of parents and teachers helped me to get two gold medals and five cash prizes at the 32nd convocation of Mangalore University here on Monday,” said Shanthi Shenoy, a student of history. 

Presently, working as a guest faculty at Dr G Shankar Government Women’s First Grade College, Ajjarakad, she has won late Dr Gururaj Bhat gold medal, late Dr Paduru Gururaja Bhat Memorial gold medal, Vasantha S Ananthanarayana and Prof S Ananthanarayana cash prize, Dr P Gururaja Bhat Memorial Cash Prize, Aubreay D’Souza Charitable Foundation Prize, Dr M V Shetty Memorial Cash Prize and Prof B Sheik Ali Felicitation Committee Cash Prize. 

“After completing my degree, it was my lecturer Suresh Rai who pursuaded me to continue my post graduation in History. My parents Dinakar Shenoy and Jyothi Shenoy are self-employed and have been engaged in selling happala and sendige. My parents have been supporting me continously. The fee at the government college was affordable for me to pursue my studies. My elder sister has completed DEd and my younger brother is pursuing CA. Iwant to continue pursue PhD.” 

On the other hand, Shreyanka S Ranade has won one gold medal and five prizes in Kannada. He secured Dharmasthala Rathnavarma Heggade Memorial gold medal, golden jubilee Kannada Film Festival Memorial Cash prize, Pervai Subbaiah Shetty Memorial Cash Prize, Kerody Subba Rao memorial cash prize, late B N Gupta Trustee Janmabhoomi Press Trust Memorial Cash prize, Cash prize in honour of Dr B Damodar Rao. 

112 PhDs 

The convocation saw 14 students of St Ann’s College of Education receiving PhD degrees. These students are among 20 students who had enrolled for their PhD programme in 2008. “Five students have already submitted their thesis to the University and are awaiting results. 

The students had taken up research in music education, interdisciplinary studies, achievements in education. 

The university awarded 112 Doctor of Philosophy degrees (Arts—20, science—68 commerce—8 and education—1), 38 gold medals, 65 cash prizes. In total, there were 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 received the degrees in person.  

PhD at 79

When Krishnananda Hegde received his PhD degree from Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankaramurthy at the convocation, many would not have known that he was one of the oldest person to receive the degree. 

His thesis “The influence of ancient Indian healing arts on modern medicine” was prepared under the guidance and supervision of Dr K M Lokesh of Mangalore University. Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said “I wanted to carry out academic research. Myself and my guide used have a good discussions on the subject. Though my previous books were based on research, the methodology was self-taught.” 

He is believed to be among the oldest persons in India to receive a degree from an Indian university. 

Hegde said that his viva voce with professors from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, also went on well. “Research helped me to keep my mind active,” he added. 

Hegde gets the doctorate degree 46 years after a master’s degree was awarded to him by the Karnatak University. He was an Indian Information Service officer. Hegde retired from All India Radio, New Delhi as joint director of news 20 years ago.  

After retiring from the AIR, he started his academic career as a professor in Manipal University and T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal. He was the editor of an English daily Morning News published from Manipal. He is now managing editor of an international medical quarterly, Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes published from Mangalore. 

He has authored nine books, including the ‘History of Bunts,’ ‘A New Look at Classical Greece,’ ‘Bhagavad Gita: The Dialogue’ and Voices at Dusk.

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