While the royal city turns a page and drops its anglicized name, the University of Mysore, one of the oldest in the country, will retain its name, at least for now.
The university apparently fears that changing the name could affect its brand value. It will turn hundred in 1916 and has started preparing for the centenary celebrations.
“There is no move to change the name of the university,” sources told TOI. There has been no communication from the state government either, they added.
To effect the change, the university has to request the government to amend the Mysore University Act, they said adding they have not approached the government.
Another source said: “Some universities have effected changes after the cities they are located in were renamed, like the University of Bombay became the University of Mumbai. However, the University of Calcutta and the University of Madras did change their names. It is up to the University of Mysore to decide on the issue.”
The source said that if Bangalore University and Mangalore University decide to effect the change, it could add pressure on the oldest university in the state.
The university, sixth in the country, was set up in 1916. A Bill to establish the university was introduced in the Mysore Representative Assembly on July 17, 1916, and passed unanimously. The Bill got Maharaja Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar’s assent on July 22 and consequently on July 27, 1916, the University of Mysore was established.
Meanwhile, MCC authorities said the government notification on renaming the city is binding on it and there is no need for the corporation council to take a call on it. The local body can ratify the government’s decision, they stated.
source – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/