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 FELICITATED
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.