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KSOU CONVOCATION

28,007 receive degrees, 19 get Ph.Ds; Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr. A. Surya Prakash delivers Convocation address

Caption: Governor Vajubhai R. Vala is seen conferring Hon. Doctorate on noted wiriter Vaidehi and Scientist Prof. M.K. Surappa at the 15th Annual Convocation of KSOU held at Kalamandira this morning as Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr. A. Surya Prakash, KSOU Registrar Prof. P.S. Naik and KSOU Vice-Chancellor Prof. M.G. Krishnan look on. Picture right shows jubilant students, who bagged two gold medals each, displaying their medals.

Mysuru, Mar. 5- “The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) deserves our heartiest congratulations for its spectacular achievements and deep and abiding commitments to the basic principles governing Open Universities — namely offering quality higher education to all those who seek. In other words, KSOU is playing a key role in implementing some of the core principles like equality, equity and social justice which are enshrined in...more

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A DIALOGUE WITH A GODMAN-2

My Coimbatore serendipity!

Caption: Suryakund: This is the massive building that overawed us as we entered from the Gate No. 1. Huge granite blocks were found lying around in this campus that left us awestruck while George remarked, ‘Gosh, they seem to have destroyed a mountain.’

[Continued from yesterday]

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev walked in smiling with a swagger as we greeted courteously without being gravitated towards his lotus feet for veneration as usually happens with lay men. We began by exchanging platitudes. Thereafter, for half-an-hour, we discussed almost every subject under the sun except what one would discuss with such a spiritual person — God, meditation, yoga, religion and spiritual matters. He mentioned of his Ashram in Tennessee, USA and when I asked if he would open an Ashram in Mysuru, a city where he was born and brought up, his counter question was, “Why do I have to open an Ashram? My concern is of the people and not about opening Ashrams. I would rather open institutions, science laboratories and research centres.”

The subject then veered to pharmaceutical companies and how the regulatory authority, FDCA in US, is manipulated by pharmaceutical companies for their advantage. According to Jaggi Vasudev, the pharmaceutical companies indulge in unethical practices using medical doctors who are bribed and pampered with free trips and holidays abroad under the guise of seminars. He recalled the case where the licences of 13 doctors were suspended for three years as a result of an NGO pursuing the cause of ethical practice among medical doctors.

He also opined that among the cities he has seen in India, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is very clean and also the best liveable city. I was left wondering how a city devastated by the world’s deadliest industrial disaster at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in 1984 could be Sadhguru’s choice for the best liveable city. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done t...more

     Feature Article  
IS CHIVALRY DEAD ?

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC

What exactly is chivalry? Chivalry is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood. Surprisingly, the word chivalry itself is derived from a French word “chevalerie” which translates as “horse soldiery.” From time immemorial, the cavalry division of any army was considered special and these men were chosen after a gruelling test of strength and character. These men were immensely strong and hence were taught to be gentle towards the opposite sex. The qualities idolised by the knights were bravery, gallantry, courtesy and honour towards women. A famous quote on chivalry written by Mr. Henry Digby in his book titled “The Broad Stone of Honour,” “Chivalry is only a name for the general spirit or state of mind which disposes men to heroics actions and keeps them conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the intellectual and moral world.”

Is chivalry dead in this fast paced and changing world? No. It has just changed with the times. Why this change? Basically, it is because, the role of women has changed dramatically with times. She is no more the home maker waiting in the evening with a cup of tea at the door step. Women have broken the glass-ceiling in lots of male-dominated bastions and are continuing to do so day by day. Education has been the key for this dramatic change. The present day women know their mind. They don’t mind staying single rather than compromise their independence by marrying a groom chosen by their parents. Presently, it is very common to see grooms being rejected outright by prospective brides.

Women, specially in India, were oppressed for centuries and their only duty was to procreate and look after their husbands, Pati Parameshwar concept. And all the other so called social customs and laws were made by the males to ensure continuous subjugation of women. Even in the present day India, there is a glaring divid...more



 
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