Music university to register first batch of PhD students

The Students of Karnataka State Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, who are aspiring to pursue PhD degree, are a relieved lot as the authorities have decided to start the procedure for registration as well as identification of guides.

This will be the first batch of students to do PhD from the university, which was established in 2008.

Registrar Y S Siddegowda said, the university has taken a decision to this effect at a meeting held on Saturday. A PhD Review Committee — with Vice-Chancellor Sarvamangala Shankar, RegistrarSiddegowda, Registrar (Evaluation) M S Shekar and professors Srilatha, Vasuki and Ramanaiah as members — had been formed for the purpose.

The university had invited applications from students for the doctoral degrees the years 2010-11 and 2011-12. There are a total of 22 students, who were selected to do PhD degree and they have completed Course Work classes in the year 2012. However, since then, there has been no progress.

Among the 22 students, two were selected for the year 2010-11 and the rest in the following year. Hence, the seniors have paid a fee of Rs 11,000 while the juniors have paid Rs 1,000 each.

Jummanagowda Patil, a music teacher with Morarji Desai Residential School at Varakodu, Varuna hobli, Mysuru taluk, said, he had appeared for the entrance exam in 2010 while working as a part-time Hindustani classical music lecturer in the same university. He is native of Kustagi in Koppal district.

A postgraduate in Hindustani Music, from the Dharwad University, Patil said, if the authorities concerned had taken necessary steps, he would have almost completed the thesis by now. “We were made to attend Course Work classes along with our juniors. However, I am happy, at least now, the authorities have taken some positive steps,” he added.

N A Latheef, a postgraduate in Drama, from Davangere, said, he purchased the application on July 11, 2011, appeared for entrance exam on August 8, got results on August 12, enrolled on August 22 and appeared for Course Work exams on February 26, 2013, after completion of the six-month Course Work classes. “But, after that, I have been only waiting for further process. We had submitted several memoranda to the university authorities. Now, we are happy that there is some progress,” he said.

G Shakuntala, who has enrolled for a doctoral course in Hindustani classical music, said, she was happy as all efforts of travelling all the way from Savanur, in Gadad district, to Mysuru for the course, would at last bear fruits.

Siddegowda said, the Academic Council of the university was constituted only in February this year and no statutes could be adopted without the council earlier. Now, statutes adopted from similar universities have been forwarded to the State government for approval. On Saturday, a few decisions have been taken in the interest of the students.

“If necessary, the titles and synopsis of the researchers would be subject to revision. Otherwise, the enrolled students can go ahead with the research,” he added.
DH News Service

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