Tribal, Dalit studies centre set up at Krishnadevaraya University

A Ramanika Gupta Centre for Tribal and Dalit Literary Studies and Development has been established at the Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University.

A fund of ₹5 lakh has been donated by the Ramanika Trust for the purpose. The interest accrued on it will have to be utilised for organising endowment lectures and literary competitions for students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, and extending short-term grants under studies and development scholarships for undertaking study on tribal and Dalit issues by SC/ST doctoral students.

A statute on this was approved by the university’s Academic Council, which met here on Friday with Vice-Chancellor M.S. Subhas in the chair. The statute specifies that an eminent scholar should be invited to deliver lectures on issues of tribals and Dalits, and cash awards should be given to winners, who should be tribals or Dalits, of literary competitions.

A seven-member committee, headed by Vice-Chancellor, has been formed for this. It includes the Registrar, coordinator of the SC/ST Special Cell, a faculty member from SC/ST community nominated by the Vice-Chancellor, and the chairman of the Department of English.

During the discussion, Mr. Subhas underlined the need for university deans to consider introducing research-oriented courses to attract foreign students undertaking study at Hampi. “After Mysuru, Hampi, the seat of the erstwhile Vijayanagar empire, is an iconic spot and has been attracting a lot of researchers, both domestic and foreign. But efforts need to be made to ensure that researchers and scholars visiting Hampi also visit our university. In addition, we should consider introducing some research courses to attract foreign researchers.”

The council, after a detailed deliberation, agreed to enhance the fine on students indulging in exam malpractice from ₹2000 to ₹3000. It did not, however, agree to the suggestion made by the malpractice committee that the student be allowed to write the other papers.

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