UoM given a nod to recruit teaching, non-teaching faculty

150 teaching, 300 non-teaching faculty to be recruited soon

To strengthen the teaching and non-teaching wings at the University of Mysore, the Higher Education department has given a go ahead to recruit 150 teaching staff, and 300 non-teaching staff, said Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande here, on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering during the unveiling of logo and portal for the Centenary year celebrations of the University of Mysore that will be completing 100 years in 2016, at Senate Hall, Deshpande said that the government was keen on creating basic infrastructural facilities at the varsities.

Tracing the history of the Mysore varsity, Deshpande said Wadiyar’s, the erstwhile rulers of Mysore understood the importance of education and established the varsity during the period when education was not the preserve of all.

On the forthcoming Centenary year celebrations of the varsity, Deshpande said that the government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the purpose. The varsity had sought at least Rs 100 crore for the celebrations.

The minister was happy to point out that three prominent personalities of the nation- Sir M Visvesvaraya, S Radhakrishnan and C N R Rao, who were awarded Bharat Ratna, were associated with the University of Mysore.

Revenue and District in-charge Minister V Sreenivas Prasad sang paeans of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, founder of the university, for his farsightednes that resulted in the founding of the same.

He said that there was a need to recreate the academic atmosphere that was sown during the princely rule in Mysore, and added that his department was also keen on allotting lands for the purpose.

Prasad cited the example of second campus of Maharani’s College and women’s hostel planned at Paduvarahalli, the foundation for which was laid by the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah earlier.

Of the total estimated cost of Rs 50 crore, Rs 26 crore has been sanctioned. The works are expected to start shortly, the minister added.

A tribute to Nalwadi, Kannada, and Varsity

‘Naa’ in Kannada, K R in bold, (an abbreviation of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the erstwhile maharaja and the founder of the University of Mysore), and a pattern outlining the letters UoM, form the logo of the Centenary year of the University of Mysore that was unveiled at the Senate Hall of the varsity, in the city, on Wednesday.

Interestingly, the logo was designed by Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of late royal scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. As Pramoda Devi herself is a designer, and the alumni of the varsity, the authorities concerned entrusted her with the job.

Pramoda Devi said the logo paid tributes to Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. Only three colours have been used in the design - maroon, blue and yellow. Maroon denotes the colour of the varsity gown, and blue, the blazer. The numerical ‘100’ (in Kannada) is in yellow, the colour of Kannada flag. The cap worn during the graduation ceremony also finds a place in the middle order. ‘Nahi Jnanena Sadrusham’ (Nothing is purer or equal to knowledge) in Sanskrit, adorns the top of the logo, while ‘Mysooru Vishwavidyanilaya’ in Kannada has been etched at the bottom.

Web portal

The web portal for the centenary celebrations - www.centenary.uni-mysore.ac.in, traces the growth of the university through letters and photographs. The picture gallery takes the visitors on the tour of heritage buildings of the varsity, Maharaja’s College and Central College in Bangalore, Oriental Research Institute, maiden convocation ceremony in Jaganmohan Palace, among several others. Seer of Siddaganga Mutt, Tumkur, Sri Shivakumara and lexicographer G Venkatasubbaiah, considered as the living legends in their own fields, and the alumni of the university have reminisced their student days on the portal. An exclusive Facebook page has also opened for the benefit of netizens, who are free to post their thoughts, share photos on the site.

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