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Mangalore University all set to celebrate jubilee

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, SEPT. 7. Mangalore University is all set to celebrate its silver jubilee. A series of celebrations will start from September 10 when the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the Minister for Higher Education, D. Manjunath will attend the inaugural function.

K. Venkatasubramanian, former member of the Planning Commission, will deliver the foundation day lecture.

Started in 1980, the university has jurisdiction over Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, and Kodagu districts (which were with the University of Mysore before 1980). Ranked with a four star by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in June 2000, the peer team of NAAC that visited the university found it "so young and yet so mature, so vibrant and yet so sober, so learner centred and yet ensuring a central role for the teacher".

Started with only three post-graduate departments, the university now has 26 post-graduate departments and the university undergraduate college situated in Hampankatta (formerly the government college).

Thirty-two courses are offered at the post-graduate level including bio-informatics, the basic sciences, arts, commerce, and library sciences. The university has a post-graduate centre at Madikeri, which imparts courses in Microbiology and Biochemistry.

Mangalore University was the first in the country to allow the constituent colleges to design their own courses "on conditional basis". The visionary approach of the former Vice-Chancellor, late S. Gopal, resulted in starting of "innovative courses" such as fashion designing, leather designing, interior decoration, speech, language, and hearing, hotel management, hospitality sciences, food, nutrition and dietetics, bio-technology and e-commerce at the undergraduate level at post-graduate level.

The university has the distinction of getting accomplished physicists of national repute such as M.I. Savadatti, S. Gopal and Prof. B.Hanumaiah who were all nuclear scientists and teachers in their own class. The Physics Department here has its own Microtron centre that has the first nuclear accelerator in any teaching institute outside Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in the country.

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