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AU V-C hints at plans to enter politics

THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, Y.C. Simhadri, has given a hint that he may enter politics and sparked off a lot of discussion inside and outside the campus.

Prof. Simhadri said at Bhimavaram a few days ago that he would enter politics if the people wished him to do so but did not indicate when exactly he would take the plunge.

Prof. Simhadri's entry into politics is being speculated even before the dissolution of the Assembly and Parliament. Though he never gave a hint (before the Bhimavaram press conference) in the past, many expected him to contest from Amalapuram in his native East Godavari district, if he wants to go to Parliament. The latest rumour is that Mummidivaram will be his choice if he wants to enter the Assembly.

What political party Prof. Simhadri will join? Again the guess is that he will select between the allies BJP and TDP, after the two finalise the seat adjustment.

The V-C's reported decision to join active politics gave an opportunity for his critics to launch an attack on him. Trade union activity in the campus has been banned and recently two trade union leaders were sacked, while elections to the students unions stopped long ago. The CPI (M) has already come out with a statement charging Prof. Simhadri with flouting the rules by making political statements during an official trip while in the past he has taken severe disciplinary action against students, teachers and employees for violating the university rules.

Those on the campus are keen to see what Prof. Simhadri will do regarding the lien rule which is being strictly implemented. Thanks to the strict implementation of rules the campus which normally witnesses a lot of activity on part of the political aspirants among the teachers and employees, is absolutely quiet.

The university is granting lien to its teachers strictly for academic purposes. Two teachers and an employee, who were members of the dissolved Assembly, have been asked to return to the campus after the House was dissolved.

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THE CAMPUS is waiting to see how the administration will act when the high-profile Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, an Associate Professor of the Department of Hindi and a former Rajya Sabha Member, returns to campus after a foreign tour in a few days.

The administration sent a show-cause notice to Dr. Lakshmi Prasad for allegedly not obtaining the mandatory permission before making a foreign tour. It was also alleged that he had availed leave beyond the permissible extent after he resumed the teacher's job on the campus after completing his Rajya Sabha term.

There is already a case of a faculty member of the Geo-Physics Department not being allowed to resume duty after returning from a foreign trip he made without permission from the university. Will Dr. Lakshmi Prasad be allowed to resume duty or not, will be known in a few days. Are the authorities prepared to punish a person with connections in high places?

By G. Narasimha Rao

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