Belagavi (BGM): Visvesvayara Technological University (VTU) Vice-Chancellor H Maheshappa announced that a new railway engineering course would be started in the university from the next academic year.
At the 14th annual convocation of VTU on Saturday, he said the university, which has 207 engineering colleges affiliated to it in the state, was the first varsity in the country to introduce the innovative digital evaluation system.
All the answer scripts written by the students are digitalised immediately after the examination and stored in a server. The teachers evaluate the answer scripts on a computer screen and enter the marks immediately. The process helps avoid tampering of answer scripts, he added.
The VTU honoured Padma Bhushan V K Aatre and Reva University Chancellor P Shyama Raju with Doctor of Science honorary degrees during the convocation.
Aatre, a scientist and former secretary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and director general of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), was also a former scientific adviser to the defence minister. He completed his BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mysore in 1961 and ME from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru in 1963. He completed his PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1967.
He joined the DRDO at the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory in 1980 and became its director in 1984. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2000.
Raju is the founder of Reva Group of Educational Institutions and REVA University in Bengaluru.
With his zeal, visionary outlook and philanthropic approach, coupled with four decades of long entrepreneurial leadership and decade-long experience in higher education, he is recognised as a leading contributor to the fast-growing education sector.
Governor Vajubhai Vala presented gold medals to students who excelled in various subjects and certificates to PhD degree holders during the programme. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was also present.