VC shares varsity’s vision over high tea

VC shares varsity’s vision over high tea

To commemorate the end of the academic year, K Byrappa, vice-chancellor of Mangalore University, hosted a high tea for the varsity's staff on Wednesday. Such a ceremony was celebrated for the first time in the 35-year-old university. 

The VC's invitation came as a surprise to many. A simple note was circulated by registrar P S Yadapadithaya. It said: "As the academic year 2014-15 is coming to an end, honourable VC would like to thank you for your unstinted support in the success of all activities and programmes of the university. You are cordially invited for a high tea hosted by the VC on May 13 at 11.30am."

K Chinappa Gowda, faculty, department of Kannada, said, "We have had VCs in the past who have reviewed the standing of the departments at the end of each academic year. But that was more at an individual level." Echoing this sentiment, Jogan Shankar, a senior faculty, from the department of sociology said, "This is a rare gesture on the part of the VC to invite the stakeholders for high tea and share his vision for the university's development with us." 

True to the spirit of the note, Byrappa said, "This is a thanksgiving high tea for projecting our university in a big way. The last five months has seen the number of academic activities increase enormously in the campus, which has become more vibrant. It has given the university a greater visibility in the eyes of the public and the stakeholders." 

Thanking the faculty, Byrappa said that it is this support that has propelled the university further. He lauded the heads of various chairs for being active in their respective domains. B Narayana, registrar (evaluation), was present.