Activities 2020-21

Condolences to Prof. B Nagappa

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The video recording of the condolence meeting is available in the MILAN YouTude Channel.
Link: https://youtu.be/A8MHlj_Xk4I

The Mysore University Information and Library Science Alumni Network (MILAN) scheduled the condolence meeting to mourn the demise of Prof. B. Nagappa, Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, Department of Library and Information Science (MyDLIS), University of Mysore, Mysuru, on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 7:00 pm. The Meeting was held virtually on Google Meet.

Obituary of other MILAN members

MILAN expresses its condolences to the aggrieved family members. Their contributions to the Department are sincerely acknowledged here.

Sri B.G. Sunder Singh
Formerly Scientist,
DST, Government of India

Dr B. Ravi
Deputy Librarian
University of Hyderabad.

Dr Ramakrishna Gowda
Formerly University Librarian,
Kuvempu University

Prof. B. Nagappa: A pargon of virtues 

Benny Nagappa (B. Nagpappa) was a gentle, soft-spoken, humble, caring, and empathising person. He was a personification of many other virtues too. He was very courteous with others, a quality which he probably admired the most as revealed by the name ‘Soujanyashree’ that he has given to his house at Saraswathipuram, Mysuru. 

Prof. B. Nagappa was born as a second among the five sons to a pious couple Sri Basappa Benny and Smt Chennabasamma, on September 6 1936, at a village Chikkabidre, Harihara Taluk, Davanagere District. Prof. Nagappa married a pious lady Smt. Basamma in 1965. The couple has a daughter Smt. Indira. 

Prof. Nagappa carved a niche for himself from a humble background to become a professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru. He earned his BA from Maharaja’s College, Mysuru, MA in Anthropology from Karnatak University, Dharwad and BLISc / MLISc from the University of Mysore. He always used to say that he entered the teaching profession because of Prof. K.S. Deshpande, whom he accidentally met at the railway station. From 1970 to 1996, he was on the rolls of teaching faculty at the University of Mysore but for two years in-between when he earned professional experience by serving as the librarian at JJM Medical College, Davanagere. As a professor, he was par-excellent. Prof. Nagappa taught Academic libraries, Cataloguing and Library Management, apart from innumerable life values at MyDLIS. He used to down to the Department every day and was hale and healthy throughout his life, except at the end. 

Post-retirement, Prof. Nagappa kept himself busy reading the literary works both in Kannada and English; and gardening, a habit that endured till his last breath. 

Remarks from Prof. N.S. Harinarayana, MILANer and Faculty at MyDLIS, UoM, Mysuru

The MILAN is meeting today on a sad note. As all of you are aware, the ಅಜಾತಶತ್ರು of our Department, Professor B. Nagappa, passed away two months back, i.e., on January 17, 2021, at the Bhrahmimahurtham (ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮೀಮುಹೂರ್ತಂ) in the morning around 4.15 am. It is a paradox of life that we didn’t get the information about the death of Prof. B. Nagappa for two long months in this era of instant communication. The pandemic Covid19 took away our beloved professor within a matter of two/three days of contracting. I learnt from his family circle that the last rites were performed with great difficulty with very little support because of the pandemic. Throughout his life, Prof. Nagappa was an ardent follower of Lord Buddha, and he used to chant every day the mantra Bhudham Sharanam Gachchami (‘ಬುದ್ಧಂ ಶರಣಂ ಗಚ್ಛಾಮಿ’). This information was shared with me by his daughter Smt. Indira Benny, an alumnus of our Department. It is all surprising that the place where his cremation was done had an astounding statue of Buddha. Prof. Nagappa was cremated in front of his adored diety. The surprise does not end here. Prof. Nagappa had most of the verses of Mankuthimana Kagga (ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮನ ಕಗ್ಗ) on his finger-tips. He used to quote at least a few of them invariably in any speech. To the surprise and happiness in the bitter times for his family members, the cremation compound had the verses of Mankuthimana Kagga (ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮನ ಕಗ್ಗ). The family members felt that this created a perfect ambience for cremation. Prof. Nagappa was a rationalist and secularist in his approach. It was learnt that at the cremation ground, the help from people belonging to other religion poured in from nowhere. All these can’t just be a matter of coincidence, at least to me.

Excerpts of Condolence messages 

Dr H.A. Khan, Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, MyDLIS, UoM, Mysuru

Nagappa was a meticulous professional, specialised in Cataloguing with clarity of thoughts. He was equally good in English and Kannada, which gave him a great advantage in the Department and public functions. As a person, he was causal with students and colleagues but very firm in his views. Coming from a rural background, Prof. Nagappa’s achievements are remarkable.’ 

Dr Shalini R. Urs, Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, MyDLIS, UoM, Mysuru

‘Prof. Nagappa was a kind and Gentle soul, simple human being, affable, lovable, genial, fatherly person with kindness and affection. Simplicity and humility were his strong points / astras, with which he would bow in front of anyone. He taught cataloguing methodically. He was a great teacher and a Simple philosopher’.

Dr K.S. Raghavan, MILANer and Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, Madras University, Chennai and Former faculty Member of MyDLIS, Mysuru

Taught us cataloguing, and I continue to love cataloguing because of Prof. Nagappa. We were neighbours, and I know that the family of Nagappa are excellent hosts. Nagappa Sir is an excellent human being, maintained a cordial relationship with his friends, colleagues.’

Dr B.S. Maheswarappa, MILANer and Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga and Former faculty Member of MyDLIS, Mysuru

Simple, straight-forward, humble, a great personality, courteous, humane in his approach. Taught us cataloguing, created a lot of interest among students, a very nice, honest, unassuming, very sincere person.

Dr Khaiser Nikam, Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, MyDLIS, UoM, Mysore

A simple, nice, humble person without any greed, a man of pure desires, devoted to his family and profession, never aspired for any positions, kind-hearted, down-to-Earth person, away from material things. I have learnt a lot from him- leading life with peace, minding our own life.’

Shri. NV Satyanarayana, Founding President of MILAN and Managing Director, Informatics India (P) Ltd.,

Soft-spoken person, always smiling, a personification of simplicity and humility, very hospitable and a great teacher.’

Dr K.R. Nalini, MILANer and the only PhD. Research Student of Prof. B. Nagappa

He was never treated himself as a guide but treated me as a fatherly figure; never felt stressed to work under his guidance; epitomised simplicity, knowledge, virtues; never spoke in anger, loud voice. He was a Man of few words, and his affable nature made him loved by all his students.’

Dr Ramesh Babu, MyDLIS Alumnus and Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, Madras University, Chennai

It is very sad to note the demise of our beloved teacher Professor Nagappa sir. I was his student in M Lib Sc during the 1978-79 batch. He taught us Cataloguing in a very lucid manner. He was a very Dedicated, heroic person, a nice person with ever-smiling nature. It is a great loss to the LIS profession, in general, and to the DLIS University of Mysore, in particular. His contribution in translating the course materials from English to Kannada for distance education has helped many students.’ 

Dr C.R. Karisiddappa, Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, Karnatak University

I am deeply saddened to know that our dear Professor Nagappaji is no more. He was a rare kind of teacher, friend and guide. He supported me and inspired me to embrace this profession. A silent and soft-spoken professor who always wished the good to all. In fact, he was an Ajaatashatru. May the Lord grace him the heaven.

Prof. D. Chandran, Formerly Professor of Library and Information Science, SV University, Tirupathi

I am very sorry to know about the demise of Prof. B. Nagappa. I pray Almighty to rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family members.

Dr. Mohamad Taher, MyDLIS Alumnus  

A humble, simple, ordinary person, a role model for leading life in terms of public relations, taught us humanity. Great people are not in the limelight. I could not find anything in Google about B. Nagappa.’ 

Ms Ayesha Taranum, MyDLIS Alumnus 

Humble, quiet, soft, he lived his life peacefully and went without making noise. He never demanded respect but commanded respect.’ 

Mr Siddesh Kadur, Nephew of Prof. B. Nagappa 

The epitome of knowledge; inculcated many values, inspired me and many. A dedicated teacher and taught us humanity.’ ‘

Mr Vijaya Kumar, MyDLIS Alumnus 

A most humble person never seen in my life.’

Dr Hydar Ali, MyDLIS Alumnus 

Rest in Peace. Thanks to MILAN for organising the condolence virtual Meeting. 

Dr Praveen Vaidhya, MyDLIS Alumnus

May his soul rest in peace. Noble soul. Om Shanti!

Dr. N. Karunakar, MyDLIS Alumnus 

ಓಂ ಶಾಂತಿ, ಅವರ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ಈ ದುಃಖವನ್ನು ಭರಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿ ನೀಡಲಿ ಎಂದು ಭಗವಂತನನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾಥಿ೯ಸುತ್ತೇನೆ

Smt. Geetha Venkat, Founding Member MILAN

RIP to Prof Nagappa. A great teacher, so simple but so encouraging to students. I still remember his cataloguing classes. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Thank MILAN for organising this meet.’

Mr Lakshmana Gowda, MyDLIS Alumnus 

Aum Shanthi. May his soul attain moksha and join the lotus feet of the Lord. 

Smt. Taramalini V., MyDLIS Alumnus

Nagappa Sir is synonymous with Simplicity and Discipline. We still remember his way of teaching the courses on cataloguing and abstracting. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ, ಸರ್.’