UoM to reappoint retired professors, says VC Prof K S Rangappa

The Syndicate of the Univer­sity of Mysore (UoM) has de­cided to reappoint retired pro­fessors for filling the shortage of teaching faculties in all the departments in the university.

Speaking during the fe­licitation function of Prof B N Shivalingappa of Department of Studies in Geography, UoM, organised at Rani Ba­hadur auditorium in the city on Sunday, Vice Chancellor of UoM Prof K S Rangappa said that the university which is facing shortage of 250 profes­sors in various departments has been dependent on tem­porary lecturers.

He said, “Appointing re­cently passed out post-grad­uates as temporary lecturers will negatively impact the quality of education, hence, we decided to reappoint re­tired lecturers as visiting pro­fessors during the syndicate meeting held recently.”

Meanwhile, Prof Rangap­pa advised Prof B N Shival­ingappa who is retiring on May 31, to serve as visiting professor as the Department of Studies in Geography is facing shortage of experi­enced professors. “Com­pared to other universities in the country, academic performance in UoM is note­worthy, thus we are appeal­ing the central government to accord National University Status for UoM,” Prof Ran­gappa added.

“The nation develops only when the universities produce quality economists, scientists, engineers, political scientists, and geographers. Howev­er, the government must rise to the occasion in focusing towards education and re­search,” he stressed.


Prof B N Shivalingappa of De­partment of Studies in Geog­raphy, UoM was felicitated by Prof Shivalingappa Felicitation Committee. Presiding over the function, Prof Rangappa urged the scholars to take up continuous practice on re­search studies. Stating that 80 percent of the Noble prize recipients were from poor background, he said poverty doesn’t hinder a person to ex­cel in academics. “The role of professors in nurturing excel­lent scholars is immeasurable; hence, the teaching fraternity has significant role to play in students’ career,” he added. Prof Shivalingappa said “My parents are illiterate and they don’t know what education is. They thought that education means getting basic educa­tion to read and write postal letters. Until I completed SSLC there was no electricity in my house. Even I too didn’t know as to what education I should pursue. I completed master’s degree, it’s a miracle! Dedica­tion and hard work made me to excel in academics.”

Explaining academic achievements, said Profes­sor Shivalingappa hailed from Benaganahalli of K R Nagar taluk had pursued basic ed­ucation in Ravandur and higher education in Maharaja College and UoM. Under his chairmanship CBSE geogra­phy syllabus was designed also he had conducted var­ious research in South India joining hands with Hiroshima University Professor Fujiwara and conducted researches in French Institute in Pondicher­ry. He had published 40 re­search articles and presented 52 research papers in national and international conference. And also written 10 books on geography, he said.

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