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Honorary doctorate for Bannanje, D.K. Chowta, Ajai Kumar Singh

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M.N. Venkatachaliah to deliver convocation address


Bannanje translated several Sanskrit works into Kannada

Ajai Kumar Singh translated Kannada poems into Hindi


MANGALORE: Sanskrit scholar Bannanje Govindacharya, Tulu writer D.K. Chowta and the former Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh will be conferred honorary doctorate degree at the 29th annual convocation of Mangalore University here on Saturday.

Vice-Chancellor of the university T.C. Shivashankara Murthy told presspersons here on Thursday that the Syndicate of the university had chosen them out of 12 names proposed for the honorary doctorate degree.

The former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah would deliver the convocation address, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya would attend the programme.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the convocation would be held at Mangala Auditorium on the university campus at Mangalagangotri, which would be inaugurated by Union Minister for Law M. Veerappa Moily on Friday.

Prof. Murthy said that Mr. Govindacharya, a Padma Shri award-winner, was an expert in Dwaita philosophy founded by Madhwacharya. His literary achievements included his translation and commentaries on the complete texts of Madhwacharya in five volumes. He had translated several Sanskrit works into Kannada, including Kalidasa's Abhijnanasakuntalam, Banabhatta's Kadambari, Shudraka's Mrichchakatika , and Bhavabhuti's Uttararamacharita. He had given discourses on Indian philosophy and Hindu scriptures in the country and abroad.

He said that Mr. Chowta's contributions to Tulu literature had been unique. Some of his works in Tulu were Kariyavajjana Katekkulu, and Tulu plays —Pilipatti Gadas, Pattu Pajjelu, Darmettimaye, Uri Ushnada Maye, and Mittabailu Yamunakka . Some of his literary works were being translated into English. He had business interests in Ghana and Nigeria, he added.

Prof. Murthy said that Mr. Singh had translated poems of Kannada poets Da. Ra. Bendre, Gopalakrishna Adiga, Chandrashekara Kambara, U.R. Ananthamurthy and others into Hindi. He was known for his contributions to Hindi literature. His publications in Hindi include two collections of poems, a book on Allama Prabhu, and a comparative study of Allama Prabhu and Kabir, which was the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation. He played a crucial role in introducing many innovative and people-friendly measures in the Police Department, he added.

Prof. Murthy said the university would award 70 doctor of philosophy degrees and give away 31 gold medals and 56 cash prizes at the convocation. Of the 21,415 candidates who appeared for various examinations in 2009-10, 13,833 had passed. Of the successful candidates, 64.4 per cent were women. The examinations were conducted for 14 postgraduate courses, 21 undergraduate courses and three postgraduate diploma courses. Registrar (Evaluation) P.S. Yadapadithaya, Registrar (Administration) K. Chinnappa Gowda, and Chairman of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism G.P. Shivaram were present.

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