Country's first folklore varsity to open in July
"We have told special officer Hiriyanna that the university should not resort to arm twisting of institutes of research on folklore already functioning. Bureaucratic hurdles could defeat the very purpose of the university," said Professor Heranje Krishna Bhat, director of the Regional Resources Centre, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi, which is affiliated to Mangalore University.
"He has assured us that none of those things will happen," Bhat hastened to add.
BA Vivek Rai, former vice-chancellor of Kuvempu University, Shimoga, who is also a renowned scholar in folklore studies, said, "The scope of Karnataka Folklore University need not be constricted to just Karnataka. Since it is the first folklore university in the country, it can have a wide range of subjects from all over India, and also perhaps twin programmes with other universities and institutions across the world. But all that will be at a later stage."
The first consultative meeting saw 35 scholars, researchers and experts exchange views. The participants unanimously expressed the desire to see no bureaucratic interference in the research and academic programmes of the university.
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