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Varsity authorities’ plans go awry?

K. Srimali

Uncertainty over allotment of land


District administration identified 200 acres of land near the seashore

V-C wants allotment of small portions of different lands for the university


MACHILIPATNAM: The sudden demise of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy seems to have upset the plans of the Krishna University authorities to acquire suitable land as early as possible for the development of a permanent campus.

“Dr. Reddy took considerable interest in sanctioning land for the development of a campus for the Krishna University. It was only a few days before his untimely death that he signed the minutes of a meeting favouring the allotment of land belonging to the Andhra Jateeya Kalasala for the university campus. Now we do not know how long would it take for orders to be issued under the present circumstances,” Vice-Chancellor M.K. Durga Prasad said on Monday, speaking to The Hindu.

Dr. Durga Prasad said that the late Chief Minister had always favoured allotment of at least 200 acres for a university, and based on this the district administration identified as much land near the sea shore for the Krishna University.

“But, I wrote a long letter to the government, explaining how this particular piece of land may not be suitable for a university campus because of the salinity in the air. I proposed that a portion of the land of the Andhra Jateeya Kalasala, from where the university is now functioning, and another piece of land belonging to the same college located very near to the college can be given to the university,” Dr. Durga Prasad said.

The university also had in mind a chunk of land at Guduru abutting the highway, located just about 4 km. from Machilipatnam, for the use of the university. “Instead of having a huge campus away from the town, we can have small campuses nearer to each other,” he felt.

Interviews

Dr. Durga Prasad said that the university was all set to conduct interviews for the candidates who had applied for the posts of faculty of different departments from September 12. The interviews would be conducted on the campus of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences in Vijayawada.

“The response to our all India recruitment notification was quite encouraging. For the posts in some of the science departments like biotechnology and chemistry, we have received applications even from abroad,” he said.

The student response for different courses too was a lot better this academic year than the previous one, Dr. Durga Prasad disclosed. He was particularly pleased with the response for M.Sc. Electronics & Instrumentation. There was good response for other courses like Journalism & Mass Communication and Telugu Literature, which did not get good response last year, he pointed out.

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