University of Mysore

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University of Mysore
Coat of arms of the University of Mysore.svg
Coat of arms of the University of Mysore
Motto in English
Nothing is equal to knowledge
TypePublic
Established1916 (1916)
ChancellorVajubhai Rudabhai Vala
Vice-ChancellorProf. G. Hemanth Kumar[1]
Location
Mysore, Karnataka
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12°18′29.45″N 76°38′18.83″E / 12.3081806°N 76.6385639°E / 12.3081806; 76.6385639Coordinates: 12°18′29.45″N 76°38′18.83″E / 12.3081806°N 76.6385639°E / 12.3081806; 76.6385639
CampusUrban
ColoursNavy blue, white          
AffiliationsUGC, NAAC, AIU
Websitewww.uni-mysore.ac.in
Crawford Hall, where the Mysore University's Vice-Chancellor's office is located

The University of Mysore is a public state university in Mysore, Karnataka, India. The university was founded during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore. It opened on 27 July 1916. Its first chancellor was the Maharaja of Mysore; the first Vice-Chancellor was H. V. Nanjundaiah. The university became the first outside the British administration in India, the sixth in India as a whole, and the first in Karnataka. It is a state university of the affiliating type, and became autonomous on 3 March 1956, when it gained recognition from the University Grants Commission.[2]

The university encompasses 122 affiliated colleges and five constituent colleges (forming an aggregate of 53,000 students). In addition, the university has 37 postgraduate departments, eight specialised research and training centres, and two postgraduate centres that together offer a total of about 55 regular academic programs to 3,500 students. It also runs a number of employment-oriented diploma courses and certificate programs.

The Mysore University Library comprises over 800,000 books, 2,400 journal titles, and 100,000 volumes of journals. The main campus features an amphitheater, an auditorium, a swimming pool, and hostel accommodations for men and women. As of July 2013, the University of Mysore was accredited "Grade A" by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).[3]

History[edit]

Vice-Chancellors
  • H. V. Nanjundaiah, 1916–1920
  • Brajendra Nath Seal, 1921–1929
  • E. P. Metcalfe, 1930–1937
  • N. S. Subba Rao 1937–1942
  • E. G. McAlpine, 1942–1944
  • T. Singaravelu Mudaliar, 1944–1946
  • M. Sultan Mohiyuddin, 1946–1948
  • R. Kasturi Raj Chetty, 1948–1950
  • B. L. Manjunath, 1950–1954
  • V. L. D'Souza, 1954–1956
  • K. V. Puttappa, 1956–1960
  • N. A. Nikam, 1960–1962
  • K. M. Panikkar, 1963–1964
  • K. L. Shrimali, 1964–1969
  • Javare Gowda, 1969–1975
  • D. Vijaydevraj Urs, 1976–1979
  • K. S. Hegde, 1979–1985
  • Y. P. Rudrappa, 1985–1988
  • P. Selvie Das, 1988–1991
  • M. Madaiah, 1991–1997
  • S. N. Hegde, 1997–2003
  • Shashidhara Prasad, 2003–2007
  • V. G. Talwar, 2009–2012
  • K. S. Rangappa[4], 2013–2017
  • Yashawanth Dongre, 2017–2017
  • Dayanand Mane, 2017 -2017
  • C. Basavaraj, 2017-2018
  • Ningamma. C. Betsur, 2018-2018
  • T. K. Umesh, 2018-2018
  • Aisha M. Sheriff. 2018-2018
  • G. Hemantha Kumar[5], 2018- Present

The University of Mysore is the 6th oldest university in India and the oldest in the state of Karnataka. It was established in 1916 by then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, after two of his educational experts (C. R. Reddy and Thomas Denham) undertook a five-year study of higher education around the world. They structured the new school to encompass elements from universities that promote original research (University of Chicago), those that emphasise extending knowledge among the people (University of Wisconsin), and those that combine intellectualism with an educational system calculated to train students for political and social life (University of Oxford and Cambridge). H. V. Nanjundaiah, who played a key role in establishing the university, was elected by the Maharaja of Mysore to run the University as the first Vice-Chancellor, and he held the post until his death in 1920. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, then Dewan of Mysore, also played a major role in its promotion. The university was inaugurated on 27 July 1916. Maharaja College of Mysore and the Central College of Bangalore, both previously affiliated with Madras University, became part of the new university. The Act was amended in 1933 and 1939 to make the senate representative of public life and to establish the academic council responsible for the academic affairs of the university.

During the reorganisation of Mysore state in 1956, the Mysore University Act passed, which made the university an autonomous body (this has since been superseded by the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000). In 1960, the university's graduate centre was set up in the picturesque environs of Kukkarahalli lake. The national poet and Jnanpith Award winner, K. V. Puttappa (Kuvempu), a former Vice-Chancellor of the University, christened this campus 'Manasagangotri', meaning: 'the fountainhead of the Ganges of the Mind' or 'the eternal spring of the mind'. Bangalore University was carved out in 1964 starting with Central College, Bangalore, and the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering. Mangalore University was formed out of the colleges in Dakshina Kannada in 1980.

Recent academic restructuring[edit]

The university has recently changed academic direction, with a greater emphasis on basic science. It has introduced integrated MSc courses in physics, chemistry, and biochemistry. The University has also formed ties with various Chinese universities for resource sharing and training in information technology education.

The International School of Information Management, was created in 2005 through the collaboration of three US universities, as well as Dalhousie University of Canada, and IIIT, Bangalore.[6] Faculty members from these partnering institutions teach at ISiM.

The Third Sector Research Resource Centre (TSRRS) was established in 2004. The aim of the centre is '...to undertake and promote interdesciplinary [sic] studies and research in the domain of civil society,'[7] with a secondary aim of developing and offering Diploma and Masters programs in the management of non-profit organisations.[8]

More recently, the Department of Law in the university was incorporated into the Mysore University School of Justice (MUSJ). Continuing with the university's initiative to introduce five-year integrated courses to produce professionals with in-depth knowledge, the MUSJ has introduced a program leading to a degree in law,[9] as a bid to enhance the quality of legal education in Karnataka.

Other initiatives currently underway by the University are the establishment of a National Centre for History of Science, a digital library, a Centre for International Programmes, a school of life sciences, an IT division, and a joint campus with IIS-Bangalore. In the last five years, an Archaeological and Folklore Museum has been established in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion with a donation from the Infosys Foundation.

University Evening College

University Evening College is one of the four constituent colleges of the university, (established in 1965 at the campus of Maharaja College) and is open to those who cannot pursue their studies on a regular basis. In accordance with the motto of the University "Nahi Jnaanena Sadrisham", this college has been catering to the educational needs of young as well as middle-aged adults.

The college's branch of the NSS (National Service Scheme) was awarded the national NSS award and NSS state award. Through the NSS unit, the college has '...created a space for the students to participate, enlighten and create a consciousness among the public about social, economic, cultural, legal and environmental issues of society.'

The college has an N.C.C (National Cadet Corps) unit. The N.C.C is a Tri-Services Organization, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Crest and Motto[edit]

The university's motto, "Na Hi Gyanena Sadrusham" (Nothing compares with knowledge) is taken from the Bhagavad Gita.[10] It is inscribed in Devanagari script at the top of the university crest. At the bottom of the same crest is a saying in Sanskrit, reading "Sathyamevoddharamyaham" (I uphold only the truth).

Campuses[edit]

The main campus of the University, created in 1960, lies to the west of the Kukkarahalli Lake. The University headquarters, Crawford Hall, is located across the lake to the east. Two satellite campuses have since been set up in response to the demands for postgraduate education in suburban and rural areas: the Sir M.Visveswaraya Postgraduate Centre at Tubinakere in Mandya, and the Mysore University Postgraduate Centre at Hemagangotri in Hassan.

At the time of the University's founding, colleges in the entire state of Mysore came under its jurisdiction. This has since been limited to the Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, and Chamarajanagar districts, with the remaining areas falling under the remit of Bangalore University (1986), Mangalore University (1980), and Kuvempu University (1987). In 1996, the Institute for Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education in the Manasagangotri campus was separated from the University of Mysore to form the Karnataka State Open University.

Notable faculty[edit]

Name Affiliation Notability References
Brajendra Nath Seal
D. L. Narasimhachar
H. V. Nanjundaiah
Kuvempu Various posts at Maharaja's College and Central College, Bangalore; Retired as Vice-Chancellor in 1960.[note 1] novelist
N. V. Madhusudana
Ranganathan Shashidhar
S. Pancharatnam
S. Srikanta Sastri Head of the Department of History & Indology at Maharaja's College
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Professor of Philosophy bewteen 1918 and 1921 2nd President of India
Shikaripura Ranganatha Rao archaeologist who led teams credited with the discovery of a number of Harappan sites
Sivaramakrishna Chandrasekhar Head of the Department of Physics

Notable alumni[edit]

Group photograph of students of Maharaja's College (Class of 1929), featuring S. Srikanta Sastri, Kuvempu, AR Krishnashastry, RAK Sharma, and MV Seetharamaiah.

Arts[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Baadal Nanjundaswamy street artist [11]
Mysore Manjunath violinist
R. K. Laxman BA artist, cartoonist, and illustrator [12]
Raghu Dixit musician

Business[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
N. R. Narayana Murthy 1967 National Institute of Engineering[note 2] founder of Infosys
N. S. Narendra 1990 National Institute of Engineering[note 2] founder of FirePro Systems [13]

Humanities and Social Sciences[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique 1985 PhD Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dhaka
B. S. Kesavan Library scientist and first National Librarian of India
M. S. Nagaraja Rao epigraphist and archaeologist; former Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India [14]
S. Srikanta Sastri 1929 Maharaja's historian and Indologist

Law[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
B. N. Srikrishna MA (Sanskrit) Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court; Judge of the Supreme Court of India
Engalaguppe Seetharamiah Venkataramiah Maharaja's 19th Chief Justice of India [15]
M. N. Venkatachaliah BSc; LLB 25th Chief Justice of India
N. Santosh Hegde Judge of the Supreme Court of India
S. K. Venkataranga Advocate in the Supreme Court of India

Literature[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
A. K. Ramanujan Maharaja's poet, scholar, philologist, folklorist, translator, and playwright
Kuvempu novelist
Poornachandra Tejaswi Maharaja's writer

Politics[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Akhilesh Yadav Sri Jayachamarajendra[16] former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
K. Hanumanthaiah 1930 former Chief Minister of Mysore State
K. Shivram politician [17]
S. M. Krishna BA Maharaja's former Minister of External Affairs
Siddaramaiah BSc; LLB former Chief Minister of Karnataka
Ram Madhav former General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party

Religion[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Alex Kaliyanil Diploma in Economics Archbishop of Bulawayo
Jaggi Vasudev yogi, mystic and founder of the Isha Foundation
Mohan Manoraj BA; MA Bishop in Karnataka Southern Diocese of the Church of South India
Shivakumara Swami spiritual leader, humanitarian and educationist

Royalty and Nobility[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar 1972; 1974 BA Maharaja's pretending Maharaja of Mysore
Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar 1938 Maharaja's 25th Maharaja of Mysore

Science and Technology[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
C. N. R. Rao 1951 chemist; Recipient of the Bharat Ratna and Legion of Honour [18]
H. Narayan Murthy Maharaja's Head of the department of clinical psychology at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences
Kalappa Muniyappa 1974; 1976 molecular biologist and geneticist [19]
Kalya Jagannath Rao 1960; 1961 BSc; MSc physical chemist and an Professor Emeritus at the Indian Institute of Science [20]
M. J. Thirumalachar mycologist, microbiologist, plant pathologist [21]
P. S. Ayyaswamy 1962 BE Asa Whitney Professor of Dynamical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania [22]
Tavarekere Kalliah Chandrashekar bioinorganic chemist [23]
V. K. Aatre 1961 BE (Electrical Engineering) University Visvesvaraya[note 3] former head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation
Vijay Kumar Kapahi St Joseph's College, Bangalore[note 4] astrophysicist; Director of the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics [24]

Sports[edit]

Name Class

Year

Degree College Notability References
Javagal Srinath BE Sri Jayachamarajendra[16] cricketer

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Central College, Bangalore was affiliated to the University of Mysore until 1964.
  2. ^ a b The National Institute of Engineering used to be affiliated to the University of Mysore.
  3. ^ The University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering used to be affiliated to the University of Mysore between 1918 and 1964.
  4. ^ St. Jospeh's College, Bangalore used to be affiliated to the University of Mysore.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ {{cite web|title=Vice-Chancellor's Desk | University of Mysore|url=http://www.uni-mysore.ac.in/vice-chancellors-desk%7Cwebsite=www.uni-mysore.ac.in%7Caccessdate=17 November 2018
  2. ^ Kumar, compiled by Ameeta Gupta; Ashish (2006). Handbook of universities : includes universities, deemed universities, colleges, private universities and prominent educational and research institutions. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers & Distributors. p. 587. ISBN 9788126906086.
  3. ^ "Institutions accredited by NAAC whose accreditation period of five years is valid" (PDF). NAAC. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Khan, Laiqh a (12 March 2018). "'Looking forward to a role in policy-making'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Hemantha Kumar is VC of Mysuru varsity". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 16 November 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 April 2019.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "International School of Information Management – Partners". International School of Information Management – University of Mysore. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  7. ^ "India TSRRC" (PDF). Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  8. ^ Narasimharao, B. PanduRanga (2013). Evolving Corporate Education Strategies for Developing Countries: The Role of Universities. IGI Global. ISBN 978-1-4666-2845-8.
  9. ^ "Courses Offered – University of Mysore". University of Mysore. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Bhagavad Gita 4.38". Bhagavad Gita: With commentaries of Ramanuja, Madhva, Shankara and others. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  11. ^ "He Paints to Draw Attention to City's Eye Sores". The New Indian Express. 14 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Iconic cartoonist RK Laxman passes away in Pune after a prolonged illness at the age of 94". India Today. 26 January 2015. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  13. ^ Bagchi, Subroto (9 April 2011). "N.S. Narendra: The Fire Fighter". Forbes India. Archived from the original on 8 October 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  14. ^ "M.S. Nagaraja Rao passes away". The Hindu. 25 December 2011. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 19 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Chief Justice & Judges". Supreme Court of India. Archived from the original on 11 November 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  16. ^ a b The Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (now known as JSS Science and Technology University) used to be affiliated to the University of Mysore.
  17. ^ "ABOUT ME – K Shivram". kshivram.com. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  18. ^ David, Stephen (3 June 2010). "How I made it: CNR Rao, Scientist". India Today. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Indian fellow - Muniyappa". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Indian Fellow - Kalya Jagannath Rao". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Archived from the original on 3 January 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Biographical Memoirs" (PDF). Indian National Science Academy. 2007.
  22. ^ "Portonovo S. Ayyaswamy". University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  23. ^ "About the Speaker". Indian Institute of Science. 2016.
  24. ^ "A Tribute". Bulletin of Astronomical Society of India. 1999.

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