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Directorate of Visiting Research Professors Programme (DVRPP)

Savita S. Kerkar
Savita S. Kerkar
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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dalai Lama Chair in Nalanda Studies (Funded by The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H.H. The Dalai Lama)

V.M. Salgaoncar Chair in Wildlife Studies (Funded by V.M. Salgaocar Trust)