UVCE Centenary and its next hundred years
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University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) established in 1917 at KR Circle, Bangalore, located in a 12.5 acre campus in its heritage buildings at the heart of Bangalore City is celebrating its centenary this year. The institution, first Engineering college of Karnataka State and the fifth in India is responsible for making Bangalore a high tech city and its Engineers have contributed to state and nation’s growth and are part of many international projects. It has been reported recently that following on from the trifurcation of the Bangalore University UVCE has been asked to shift to Jnanabharathi Campus as part of the Bangalore South University. No other colleges or institutions including Govt Arts College, Govt Science College, Central College who are adjacent to the college and have lesser campus space and resources have been asked to shift. Alumni, students and well-wishers of the college wants to bring to the notice of all the stake holders of UVCE and General Public about University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, its heritage and indisputable contribution to the society. During this Centenary year, we all need to raise our voice and assert that the 100 year old heritage building of UVCE at K R Circle which has been the sanctuary of knowledge and learning to many engineers over the past century remains at the same place. Instead of acting on the proposal to shift UVCE, Bangalore University (South) can start separate Engineering departments at Jnana Bharathi campus and focus on developing it. Meanwhile, the UVCE can be developed into a state-of-the-art facility and make the legacy institution autonomous. This will certainly prove to be a tribute to the greatest engineer of India, Sir M Visvesvaraya whose far-sighted vision resulted in UVCE and who had walked through the corridors of this prestigious building.
Whilst all around the globe, institutions with such heritage are provided special status and grants are allocated to improve it further, an institution of such legacy as UVCE shouldn’t be placed in turmoil to be torn apart on erasing its foundation memories in the name of development but rather provided full support for improvement. The alumni, students, faculty and well wishers demand for facilities and resources to be improved at KR Circle and build the institution for the next 100 years.
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