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    December 12th, 2017adminEducation
    Government first grade college for women in Madikeri has been functioning from Yuva Bhavana of District Youth Federation for the past four years.

    Government first grade college for women in Madikeri has been functioning from Yuva Bhavana of District Youth Federation for the past four years.

    The government first grade college for women is all set to get a new building of its own at last. Two acres of land has been identified for the purpose near Karnangeri in the taluk.

    The state government gave approval for the establishment of the college during 2014-15. At that time, the institution had no building of its own and hence has been functioning from “Yuva Bhavana” of the District Youth Federation.

    The government had released Rs 2 crore for the purpose of constructing a building for the college. Initially, it was rumoured that the women’s college would come up near the pre-university college in the town. But, there were no such plans. On the other hand, the Youth Federation had sought the college to vacate the building. It had even approached the deputy commissioner in this regard. In the absence of any other alternative building, the college authorities too were in a fix. Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’Souza had directed the officials to identify a suitable location for constructing a building for the state-run institution.

    D J Javarappa, Head of the Commerce Department at the college, said that the college had been functioning from Yuva Bhavan for the past four years. He hoped that the new building would be ready in around two years. “At present, we have 41 students in arts stream and 95 in commerce. With the college getting its own building, the admission too will go up,” he said.

    However, the Youth Federation is peeved at the “delay” in handing over Yuva Bhavan back to it. President of the federation, B Joyappa, said that several activities of the federation had been affected due to non-availability of a suitable accommodation. “We have requested the college authorities several times for vacating the building and there is no positive response till now. We will stage a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner’s office if the building is not handed over to us by December 6,” he said.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service / Madikeri – December 04th, 2017

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    December 2nd, 2017adminEducation, Records, All
    Vidul Thimanna

    Vidul Thimanna

    Hyderabad :

    Vidul Thimanna, an ex-student of Army Public School, Bolaram, Secunderabad, has topped the all India merit list of Technical Entry Scheme (TES) to join the Indian Armed Forces. The list was released on November 29. Vidul, who is presently an engineering student at the prestigious Army Institute of Technology, Pune, will discontinue the course and join the Indian army.

    Vidul’s father Col CM Thimanna, a Shaurya Chakra awardee, is currently posted at the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Secunderabad and hails from Coorg (Kodagu) in Karnataka. “It has been my passion to serve the country by joining the Indian Army. To me, the challenging and the adventurous life the army offers is any day better than delivering from a cubicle of a MNC,” he said.

    The Technical Entry Scheme is a technical intake of the Indian Army with the aim of transforming young boys into techno-warriors during the course of training of four years. “The modern day operational requirement needs an officer to possess a synergistic blend of healthy body and a sound technical mind. Technical entry scheme is a highly competent entry into the Indian army with a very limited intake and rigorous standards of selection procedures and presently is the most sought after entry,” according to army officials.

    Vidul Thimanna had earlier this year cleared class XII examination with a score of 97 per cent.

    “We are proud of our son for taking such a decision and positive that he will definitely keep the name of the country above self throughout,” Vidul’s mother, Veena Thimanna said.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> City News> Hyderabad News / TNN / December 02nd, 2017

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    Students performed a peacock dance at Yuvajanotsava held at Forestry College, Ponnampet on Friday.

    Students performed a peacock dance at Yuvajanotsava held at Forestry College, Ponnampet on Friday.

    Forestry College, Ponnampet won the overall championship in the cultural programmes held as part of the two-day Yuvajanotsava at Forestry College in Ponnampet on Friday.

    Students of Forestry College had won 106 points while students of Mudigere Horticulture College won the second place with 96 points. In the diploma category, the students of Brahamavar College won the overall championship while Kathalegere Diploma College won the second place.

    Yuvajanotsava, under the title of Yuvaspandana, was organised by the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga.

    Students of Ponnampet Forestry College and Mudigere Horticultural College presented a peacock dance, Pooja Kunitha, Nandikolu, Veeragasem Bhoothakunitha and others. Mudigere College students entertained the audience with Dollu Kunitha and Pooja Kunitha while students of the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga presented Lambani dance.

    Rangayana Director Bhagirathi Bai said that youth have immense talent. Rangayana will organise College Natakotsava next month.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS, Madikeri / November 11th, 2017

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    October 28th, 2017adminEducation, Leaders, Sports


    Mysuru :

    The 15th Shorin Kai National Karate Championship was inaugurated in the city at Gymnastics Hall, Sports Pavilion, University of Mysore, here on Saturday.

    Chamaraja Constituency MLA Vasu and journalist Ravi Koti inaugurated the championship.

    The Kata bout of the tournament was inaugurated by Dr P Krishnaiah, director of physical education, University of Mysore and B G Kumar, In-charge Deputy SP, Lokayuktha, Chamarajanagar.

    Shanthi Achappa, chairperson, National Academy School, Gonikoppal
    and Rev Fr George K V, principal, Pushpa Convent School, were the guests of honour.

    Former corporator Sunand Kumar R, Shihan N G Shivadas, AKF Judge; Shihan Shankara, AKF Judge; Sensei Deepak Kumar, Secretary Mysore Karate Association and T K Sukumaran, president, organising committee and others were present.

    The two-day national championship organised by Okinawa Karate-Do Shorin Ryu Shorin Kai Association India will see participation from more than 750 karatekas from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal and hosts Karnataka. The tournament will be held in different belt categories based on age groups.

    source: http://www.citytoday.news / City Today / Home> Headlines> Mysore / CT Bureau / October 28th, 2017

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    October 7th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology

    In the recently held district-level Inter-Collegiate Science lecture competition in Kannada, four students from Kodagu got selected for the state level.

    The competition was organised by the Department of Collegiate Education.

    The district-level competition meant for Science degree students was held at Field Marshal K M Cariappa College.


    The events were held in various Science subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Students of Field Marshal K M Cariappa College, T V Prithvish, G Shimla, Sherol Ammanna and M N Ben Bopaiah won in the district-level competition and will represent the college in the state-level competition to be held in Bidar in the second week of October.

    Giving away prizes to the winning students, Cariappa College Principal Dr Parvathi Appaiah called upon degree students to take interest in the research of basic sciences.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Madikeri – DH News Service / October 06th, 2017

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    September 15th, 2017adminEducation

    The program offers courses on the history and culture of coffee.

    Steve Jennings / Stringer / Getty Images

    Steve Jennings / Stringer / Getty Images

    Illy, the Italy based coffee company, opened its first ever permanent U.S. location in San Francisco for the University of Coffee yesterday, next to the illy caffè on Montgomery Street. The “coffee education program,” will serve coffee growers, and other industry professionals, as well as anyone who is passionate coffee and hopes to learn more about it.

    “For illy, San Francisco is a natural choice for a first dedicated University location in America, given the city’s early embrace of high-quality coffee, its vibrant culinary scene and its well-earned reputation as a major hub for innovation and education,” Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of illy, said in a statement.

    “[The] University of Coffee functions as a meeting place where not only coffee and hospitality professionals can train, but also as a destination where coffee enthusiasts and connoisseurs can share in their passion for coffee culture,” added Mark Romano, vice president of education, quality & sustainability at illy and manager for the US branch of the University of Coffee.

    The coffee company started offering educational classes back in 2008, through partnerships with The Culinary Institute of America and the International Culinary Center. In Italy, the clearly education minded company offers a Master’s degree course in Coffee Economics and Science, aimed at post-graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the coffee industry.

    A newly opened learning center at the Nespresso flagship store in New York City also offers coffee education courses, including how to use milk as an ingredient in coffee, sustainability in the coffee industry, and the “pure origin” of coffee. You can sign up for illy’s courses at the University of Coffee here.

    source: http://www.foodandwine.com / Food & Wine / Home> News / by Elisabeth Sherman / September 14th, 2017

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    E-base, Kodagu, is addressing various local issues such as man-animal conflict prevalent in the area, protecting the Kaveri river, and water conservation.

    Nestled in the lush Western Ghats, surrounded by coffee plantations, elephant corridors, and forests alike, Titimati is not far from the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. A green and resilient building made of clay bricks, local stones, Mangalore tiles and bamboo stands there. It is the E-base at Kodagu — an embodiment of responsible and sustainable living.

    Located in the popularly known Coorg district of Karnataka, it is the fifth E-base in the world that started in June 2016. An E-Base serves as a symbolic model for educational, environmental and energy issues throughout the world. The first one was established in Antarctica in 2008.

    E-base, Antarctica
    Sir Robert Swan, OBE, who established the first E-base in Antarctica, was the first man to have walked, unassisted, to both the North and the South Pole. He has served as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador.

    After successfully removing 1,500 tonnes of waste from the shores of Antarctica, Sir Robert Swan stood at the Bellingshausen Russian Base and envisioned an education base that would allow him to share the beauty of this continent with students and leaders around the world.

    Powered entirely by renewable energy, Robert and a small team lived in the E-Base and broadcasted clean technology and energy saving techniques to schools and universities around the world.

    The purpose of an E-base is to inspire a global audience to tackle the issue of climate change by showing that if we can achieve the seemingly impossible in Antarctica, we can all take small, achievable steps in our own backyards.

    Since Antarctica, E-bases have been established in Pench, Madhya Pradesh; Leh, Ladakh; and Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. All have the common objective to educate and learn about global climate issues, while addressing local sustainability challenge

    Visit to Forestry College, Ponnampet.

    Visit to Forestry College, Ponnampet.

    Taking the E-base to India
    Charulata Somal, IAS, CEO Zilla Panchayat of Kodagu, driven by the zeal to make the best things happen in the district, started the E-base in 2016.

    It all started in the March of 2016, when Charulata went to Antarctica on an expedition led by Robert Swan for ‘A Leadership on the Edge Programme to the Last Wilderness on Earth,’ not just once but twice the same year. A passionate environmentalist, Charulata, after her return from Antarctica, decided to take forward the concept of E-base in her district to safeguard its flora and fauna through education.

    E-base, Kodagu, was established at Titimati Ashram School, a residential government school for tribal children. The E-base runs a paid fellowship programme every year which brings bright, young, motivated individuals to work with the children and build a curriculum on sustainability while imparting life skills to the kids.

    With a strength of 250 children and a potential to reach out to over 500 children in the neighbourhood, the E-base gives the fellow a broad canvas to teach and explore.

    Children building solar cooker from waste and managing a vegtable garden at E-base.

    Children building solar cooker from waste and managing a vegtable garden at E-base.

    “We have had one fellow till now and will be receiving our second fellow in June. Our previous fellow, Deepti Bhatt implemented 14 mini projects, core projects, field trips and workshops which included activities like creating and nurturing a vegetable garden at school and making eco-friendly toys. We hope that these efforts will be carried forward by our incoming fellow,” says Aarati Rao, an educator who worked for building a sustainability curriculum for a similar concept learning space, i.e. the E-base in Leh before meeting Charulata Somal on the International Antarctica Expedition 2016.

    Practicality and hands-on learning are of prime importance at the E-base and fellows are chosen on the basis of their ability to integrate project-based learning and experiential learning into their teaching style. “The fellow’s role becomes important in utilising the infrastructure and the resources available to provide access and exposure to the children to the outside world while staying rooted in their traditions,” explains Aarati.

    Environmental education hub
    “E-base, Kodagu, serves as a space for kids to learn about environmental conservation and drive change through activism and ownership. Its objective is to address various local issues such as man-animal conflict prevalent in the area, protecting the Kaveri river, water conservation, and native tree preservation. It also aims to be a space that’ll serve as a window to the world since it is internet-enabled,” says Aarati, who, along with Charulata, realised the vision of starting an E-base in a biodiversity hotspot like Kodagu.

    Children demonstrating their art made using leaves.

    Children demonstrating their art made using leaves.

    The E-base integrates rainwater harvesting technology, organic farming and clean energy for teaching children sustainable practices from a very young age.

    The long-term vision is to make the students capable of countering environmental challenges and inspire them to be the problem solvers of the world. There are 11 ashram schools that are catering to the tribal kids at Kodagu, and the E-base team hopes to make use of the E-base as a learning centre.

    Although there are merely five E-bases across the world, the team at Kodagu hopes that there would be an E-base in every country which would virtually connect kids and help them come up with solutions for the big challenges the world faces today.

    “That is the big picture which we hope to achieve in the long run,” says a member of the E-base.

    source: http://www.yourstory.com / YourStory / Home> Education / by Hema Vaishnavi / August 23rd, 2017

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    Purushottama Bilimale, researcher and head of Kannada department, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) inaugurates a multilingual poets' symposium organised by Karnataka Arebhashe Culture and Literature Academy in Gowda Samaja, Madikeri, on Sunday. dh photo

    Purushottama Bilimale, researcher and head of Kannada department, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) inaugurates a multilingual poets’ symposium organised by Karnataka Arebhashe Culture and Literature Academy in Gowda Samaja, Madikeri, on Sunday. dh photo

    Owing to an obsession with English, several regional languages are facing the threat of going extinct, said Purushottama Bilimale, researcher and head of Kannada department, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

    He was speaking during a multilingual poets’ symposium organised by Karnataka Arebhashe Culture and Literature Academy in Gowda Samaja, Madikeri on Sunday.

    Starting from the communication between the nations to the communication between households, English has been dominating the scene, to the extent that English schools are being opened in rural areas, Bilimale said.

    More than 400 languages in the country have been feared of becoming extent in the next 30 years, he said. The youth have not been taking enough care to preserve the multilingual fabric of the Indian culture.

    The absence of projects which aim towards developing the language in the local levels has been the main reason for the extinction of regional dialects of languages, Bilimale observed.

    The Central Government has only been focusing on Hindi and it has cleverly passed on the responsibility of protecting the regional languages to the states, he said.

    Pattada Shivakumar, lecturer at Government PU College, Doddaravalanje, said that languages like Arebhashe, Kodava and Tulu are included in the list of languages which face the threat of extinction.

    The poets who took part in the poets’ symposium were: Bareyanda Joyappa and Kudekal Santhosh(Arebhashe), M A Ajij, K S Kanchana (Kannada), Chammattira Pravin Uttappa and Shobha Subbaiah (Kodava), Kishor Rai, Navin Suvarna (Tulu), M A Muhammed, M A Abdulla (Beary) and Charles D’Souza (Konkani).

    Arebhashe Culture and Literature Academy president Kolyada Girish was present on the occasion.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service – Madikeri / August 14th, 2017

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    ‘India and Cambridge university have had an enduring relationship’

    The Pemanda Monappa Scholarship was presented to Rupsa Banerjee, a student of English literature, by the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Indira Banerjee at a function on Wednesday. Ms. Banerjee will study at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Justice said studying in an institution like Cambridge broadened the outlook of students.

    Congratulating the student, Chief Justice Banerjee hoped she would imbibe the qualities of Pemanda Monappa.

    She recalled that in 1948, the officer was hand-picked by Sardar Vallabhai Patel to be the Inspector of Police of Hyderabad State despite the fact that they had never met.

    P.M. Belliappa, former IAS officer and managing trustee of the Pemanda Monappa Trust, said the event was a celebration of the values that his late father followed till the very end.

    Helen Pennant, director, Cambridge Trust, said it has been in existence for 30 years. It supports 500 scholars annually, she said. “One in three students at the university comes from outside the U.K.,” she said.

    N. Ravi, Director, Kasturi and Sons Ltd., said the relationship between India and Cambridge had been an enduring one and several Indians, including mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam, statistician P.C. Mahalanobis, Nobel Prize winner Venky Ramakrishnan and three former Prime Ministers were alumni of Cambridge.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – August 03rd, 2017

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    We would like to inform you that the Board of Directors of the Company at their meeting held today, the 18th May 2017 and appointment of Dr. P.G. Chengappa as an Additional Director with effect from 18th May, 2017.

    We would like to inform you that the Board of Directors of the Company at their meeting held today, the 18th May 2017, have considered and approved the following: a.Appointment of Dr. P.G. Chengappa as an Additional Director (Non-executive, Independent) with effect from 18th May, 2017.

    A brief profile of Dr. Chengappa is enclosed herewith. Dr. Chengappa is not related to any of the Directors of the Company. b.Re-appointment of Mr. K. Venkataramanan as an Executive Director – Finance and CFO of the Company for a period of 3 years with effect from 25th October, 2017.

    This disclosure is made in terms of the requirements of Regulation 30 of SEBI (Listing Obligations & Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.Source : BSE

    source: http://www.moneycontrol.com / Moneycontrol.com / Home> News> Business> Announcements / May 18th, 2017

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