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Directorate of Visiting Research Professors Programme (DVRPP)

Nandakumar Mekoth
Nandakumar Mekoth
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BACKGROUND:

Goa University launched the Visiting Research Professors Programme (VRPP) from 2013-14 to bring luminaries in the field of liberal arts & Literature, social and natural sciences, and other fields to the University. All programmes are open to the students, faculty as well as general public where the visiting professors interact with participants, deliver lectures, offer courses, and work on collaborative research projects, stimulate the creation of art installations and music performances. Over 3000 participants benefited from this programme since its seeding. This has infused the young researchers in Goa with new ideas by engaging in dialogues. They also helped in bringing back interest in liberal art, Indian and western classical music & literature in the young minds. Certificates are issued to all the participants who complete the course. These programmes are organized not only at University campus but also in colleges affiliated to university and other locations in Goa.

Videographs of these sessions and documentation of Goan culture, social practices at these programmes makes a rich knowledge hub at the University. As an outcome of these programmes, a Western Music Choir is formed at Goa University, and Goa University guest house is gifted with a mural cherishing memories of success stories.

A GLIMPSE OF VISITING PROFESSORS UNDER THIS PROGRAMME:

DD Kosambi Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies (Funded by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa)

  • Madhav Gadgil
  • Romila Thapar
  • Shahid Amin
  • Kumkum Roy
  • Sudhir Kakar
  • Ishita Banerjee Dube
  • Saurabh Dube

Dayanand Bandodkar Chair in Political Economy (Funded by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa)

  • Amit Bhaduri
  • Prabhat Patnaik
  • Satish Deshpande
  • Ashok Chandra

Kavivarya Bakibaab Borkar Chair in Comparative Literature (Funded by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa)

  • Ashok Vajpeyi
  • Nirmala Jain
  • Jeet Thayil
  • Githa Hariharan
  • Vrinda Nabar
  • Uday Bhembre
  • Kiran Budkuley

Mario Miranda Chair in Art, Fine Art (Funded by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa)

  • Orijit Sen
  • Jyotindra Jain
  • Vidya Dehejia
  • Raman SivaKumar
  • Sheba Chaachh

Anthony Gonsalves Chair in Western music (Funded by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa)

  • Santiago Lucardi Girelli
  • Mark Troop

Nana Shirgaokar Chair in Indian Music (Funded by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa)

  • Shubha Mudgal
  • Bombay Jayashree
  • Vidya Shah
  • Bahauddin Dagar

Sant Sohirobanath Chair in Marathi Sant Sahitya (Funded by Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt. of Goa)

  • Bhalchandra Nemade
  • Somnath Komarpant
  • V.D. Sawant
  • S.M. Tadkodkar

Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha Rivara Chair in Indo-Portuguese studies (Funded by Camões)

  • Hugo Canelas Cardoso
  • Susana Sardo
  • Amélia Polónia
  • Ângela Barreto Xavier
  • Walter Rossa