Mangaluru: IIPP’s ‘Outstanding Community Leader’ Award for Dr Vishala B K

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August 15, 2020

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Mangaluru, Aug 15: Dr. Vishala B.K.  Selection Grade Librarian, St Agnes College (Autonomous) is the recipient of the award “Outstanding Community Leader” for the year 2020, initiated by  "The International Institute for Public Policy”, popularly known as IIPP Mangaluru, an organization wholly owned by a family, designed to promote the societal and entrepreneurial spirit in Mangaluru, India with a sole purpose of encouraging the local talents and enthusiasts with a view to create an added enthusiasm in the local community.

Dr. B. K. Vishala has been blessed with the Honor as "Outstanding Community Leader" of Mangaluru for the year 2019-2020 because she has contributed an exceptional knowledge on all affairs pertaining to the Library, especially over the past 12 months when the Library has been expanded to a tenfold fashion to meet the student demand, stated a release.

In a fact changing society where the student education is considered very essential, the existence of a full-fledged Library is considered to be very valuable.  St Agnes College strives to provide a wide variety of Educational benefit to the Community of Mangalore.  Dr. B. K. Vishala with her extra ordinary knowledge in the Library affairs. The St Agnes College is willing to provide the  best of knowledge to their students with the help of a fully equipped Library.

Just in case, as someone very memorably said, the library is the intellectual nerve-center of an institution of learning, than the library of St Agnes College must surely be defined as such and its Chief Librarian termed the pulse of the institution’s acquisition of knowledge. Indeed, through her forethought, planning and ceaseless execution of projects for the library, Dr. Vishala has influenced both the manner and the rate at which knowledge is accumulated and disseminated on the institutional campus.

If there’s one thing that Dr. Vishala could never do, it was to rest on the laurels of her past or sit down and wait for favorable circumstances to come her way. Instead, she got up and made the opportunities for herself, for St Agnes College which she has served with dedication and purpose for 34 years and, above all for the staff and students, through her library ‘reformations’.

Dr. Vishala B.K. augmented her own educational qualifications with an MPhil and a PhD in Library and Information Science. This serves as proof of her commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. In keeping with the digital age through which she works and functions, she claims Web-designing, developing blogs, e-journal management and library automation as her specific areas of expertise. She was quick to see that the future lay with the computerization of the library in St Agnes College and worked with singular energy and devotion to achieve precisely the same. On the purely academic side, Dr. Vishala has kept abreast of the latest developments in her field and has enabled others to do so by organizing several seminars and workshops at the national and regional level.

She has, besides, served as Resource Person at conferences and seminars held at the regional, state and national level. Fifteen research papers written by her have been featured in distinguished national journals. She has put her proficiency and editorial skills to good use by editing books in library of science,  national and international conference volumes. At a recently-held International Conference organized by NITK, Surathkal, her paper titled “Library Analytics and Metrics According to NAAC Guidelines: Critical Analysis and Observations” has been selected for the Best Paper Award. Dr. Vishala also has achieved distinction of having completed a UGC-sponsored Minor Research Project.

Among the other offices she has held is that of the Secretary of the IQAC of St Agnes College, for the period 2012-2017. Besides serving as Secretary of the Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu Library Association in Mangalore, she is enthusiastically involved in the activities of the State Library Association and other professional bodies. She is the current General Secretary of the Association of Mangalore University College Teachers (AMUCT) and Joint Secretary of the Federation of University and College Teachers Associations (FUCTAK), Bengaluru.

Awards have come her way completely unbidden. She was the recipient of the  prestigious ‘Kala National Award’ conferred by the Karnataka State Library Association, Bangalore in 2013 and the ‘State-Level Best Librarian Award’  accorded to her by the Karnataka State SC/ST Library Professionals Association, Bangalore in 2014.

Hers has been the power of passion for and perseverance in the field of her specialization. She has set impressive targets for herself as well as for the St Agnes College Library and worked to ensure that both grew to meet the expected goals. While it is true that Google can give you a hundred thousand answers or more, Dr. Vishala B.K. is that librarian who can guide you to the right one!

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September 22,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 22: The Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Department has directed all schools across the southern state not to reopen till September 30 due to the rising number of the coronavirus cases across Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru.

"Though the Centre on August 31 advised the state governments to reopen schools from September 21 under Unlock 4.0 for allowing students of class 9-10 to consult their teachers on lessons, we have directed them to defer it till September 30 in view of the spurt in Covid cases," state secondary education director Krishnaji Karichannavara told IANS in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

In a circular on September 19 to all schools, including state-run and private, the department's principal secretary said he would seek the state health and family welfare department's assessment of the Covid situation across the state for reopening schools and allowing class 9-10 students to meet their teachers from October first week.

Though state education minister S. Suresh Kumar also told reporters at Mysuru on September 18 that schools and pre-university colleges would reopen from September 21 not to resume classes but to consult teachers to clear their doubts in studies, the department postponed it to September 30, as parents and guardians were wary of sending their wards to schools amid the pandemic fears.

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September 18,2020

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New Delhi, Sept 18: The Karnataka Police has discovered a 4-acre Marijuana farm in Chitradurga district's Rampura. The police officials have also discovered 9,872 kilograms of marijuana worth Rs. 4.2 crore. According to reports, three people have been arrested in connection with the case. However, the police are yet to track down the prime suspect Rudresh, who was cultivating cannabis plants in a land he had rented from three brothers in Chitradurga.

As per The News Minute's report, the Rampura Police had received a call from one of the locals and informed them that they had seen cannabis plant being cultivated in Vaderahalli, located in Molakalmuru taluk.

The locals showed the police a four-acre plot nearby and the police found that the entire plot had cannabis plants growing up to 4 ft. "The locals were watching the news about drugs and realised that the crops growing in that plot was the ganja plant," the Rampura police said.

The police are now looking out for Rudresh as they believe that he was the primary cultivator. "We will arrest him soon. Only after his arrest can we find the distributors and peddlers. So far, we suspect that the ganja was being transported to districts across Karnataka as Rudresh has been cultivating it for a while. The plot is located between other plantations and unless one goes inside to see, it is hard to detect the ganja plants," the police said.

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September 23,2020

Mangaluru, Sept 23: The bus service, which had remained suspended between National Commercial Capital Mumbai and Port City since last five months due to Covid-19 threat, will begin from September 24 with the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) running the service to Mumbai via Pune.

The non AC sleeper bus will leave Mangaluru at 12 noon and pass through Udupi-Kundapura-Bhatkal-Belagavi-Pune and reach Mumbai at 0730 hrs the next day. In the return journey, it will leave Mumbai at 12 noon and reach Mangaluru next day at 0730 hrs.

To adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines, the passengers have to book the ticket online www.ksrtc.in or at the counter, according to a KSRTC release here on Wednesday.

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