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ANU faces more allegations of faulty paper valuation

THE ACHARYA Nagarjuna University, which is already surrounded by allegations of improper valuation of answer papers, is now facing flak from students of the Second Semester of M.Sc (Computers). Ninety per cent of the students from seven colleges in the university area failed in the ASL (language) paper and 85 per cent in the Data Base Management Systems paper.

In the first semester held in March this year of the 470 students only 67 passed in both Software and OOPS papers. The students met the Vice-Chancellor, L. Venugopala Reddy, and applied for revaluation paying Rs. 460 for each paper. Majority of the students passed after the revaluation.

On Wednesday the students said they had met the Vice-Chancellor on Monday after the results were declared, and were asked apply for revaluation. Now the fee for revaluation has been enhanced to Rs.500 per paper, they pointed out. They are demanding refund of the fee to students who had failed due to negligence of the valuers.

The Lok Satta, which had brought to light such discrepancies in valuation, has sought a white paper from the ANU authorities on the issue.

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ANU WILL host a national seminar on Tallapaka Annamacharya Sankeerthana on Friday and Saturday with 25 academicians from all over the country presenting special research papers.

The two-day affair includes a one-hour performance by Annamacharya Sankeerthana exponents, Ranganath and Raghunath, from Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams (TTD).

The seminar being organised jointly by the Telugu Department of ANU and TTD, will provide an insight into the life and work of Annamacharya with researchers from Bangalore, Chennai, Banaras, Tirupati, and Osmania University, the Telugu Department Head, Tella Satyavati, said.

About 150 delegates were expected to participate.

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RESEARCH INTO various technologies has been successfully taken to the grassroots level in recent times, the professor of electrical and computer engineering of George Mason University, M. Venkata Rao, has said.

Speaking at Vignan Engineering College in Vadlamudi, on the prospects of undergoing a post-graduate course in the United States, he said scholarships were available for bright students.

He recommended nano technology and biotechnology courses, which would fetch good jobs.

in Guntur

By Ramesh Susarla in Guntur

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