PCs for AU teachers
Andhra University teachers will be getting personal computers at last. The promise has been made long time back and will be fulfilled by December. This was one of the decisions taken by the Executive Council of Andhra University during its meeting held early last week. Teachers are also hoping that the systems are provided with Internet connection. AU has to provide more systems since it has recruited 162 teachers very recently and is planning to recruit 150 more in a few months. One hopes all the fresh recruits are given PCs.
A few murmurs of discontent are heard about selection of teachers in some departments alleging that seniors and candidates with better qualification have been ignored. But some in the university say that a regular lecturer even if he or she is working in a college outside the campus will be preferred to those working on consolidated pay in a university department.
In the case of promotions given to the teachers through the Career Advancement Scheme interviews too, the selection done by the university has to be ratified by the UGC and some names might have been dropped at this final stage, according to some others.
American Consulate official in JMC Dept.
Students of Journalism and Mass Communication Department had an opportunity last week to interact with the Public Affairs Officer of American Consulate Frederick J. Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan talked about the Indo-American relations, women in American media and trends in media. Head of the Department D.V.R. Murthy, Chairman of Board of Studies P. Bobby Vardhan, students Roshni and Padmaja, research scholars G.L.V. Prasad and M. Nagaraj Kamal, director of American Information Resource Centre Jagadish and others participated.
P. Upendra visits AU
Former Union Minister P. Upendra was in the campus last week to spend some time in the institution where he had done post-graduation in English during 1953-56. He felt that the foundation laid during his student days here had helped him to manage many top positions. Mr. Upendra paid his gratitude to his alma mater by handing over a Rs.1 lakh endowment fund and books worth Rs.5 lakhs to Prof. Venugopal Reddy at a function held at the AU main library, the Dr. V.S. Krishna Library.Professor of Hindi and Central Sahitya Akademi awardee Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Principal of AU College of Arts and Commerce J.V. Prabhakara Rao, Chief Librarian Sasikala, Head of English Department B. Parvathi, faculty member and former MLA P. Varalakshmi, and others were present.
World Ozone Day
Department of Environmental Sciences observed the World Ozone Day on Sept.16 by organising a students' seminar on "save ozone layer-save life on earth" which was the theme of the day this year. Students from BVK College, Dr. L. Bullayya College, Pydah College, TSR and TBK College, Visakha Govt. Women's College and GITAM Engineering College along with students of the university department participated in the seminar. Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences P.V.V. Prasada Rao organised the programme.
The department had also participated in the international coastal clean up day on Sept. 18 at Ramakrishna Beach, in a programme organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature-India. Curator of Zoo Park B. Vijaya Kumar, Conservator of Forests P.V. Padmanabham, Ramamurthy of Dolphin Nature Conservation Society and BVK College, had also participated.
Meet on course writers
A meeting of M.Com. course writers for the School of Distance Education was organised in AU campus. Prof. Venugopal Reddy while inaugurating the meeting said that regular workshops would be conducted to revise and improve courses and lessons to suit the requirements of industry and to make the courses employable.
The syllabus and course curriculum of SDE would be revised regularly, he said.
M. Ed. semester exam
The last date for submitting application for M.Ed. first semester examination, to be held from November 27, is October 9 without late fee and October 16 with a late fee of Rs.100.
The colleges have to send the applications to the university within the stipulated time after the last date for submitting applications by the students.
Another blood camp by NIST
The Noble Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) conducted its third voluntary blood donation camp in the college premises last week, in association with the Indian Red Cross Society's district branch and Blood Bank of King George Hospital.
About 250 students of MBA and MCA programmes of the college expressed their willingness to donate blood and 72 of them were selected to donate blood after conducting the screening tests.
Tennis tourney in AU campus
The Andhra University Tennis Complex with four good courts is most suited to conduct major tournaments. Many important tournaments were held here in the past including an Asian circuit meet. Children are also practicing here and playing tournaments conducted by the Visakhapatnam District Tennis Association.
This week the AITA Talent Series tournament for under-14 and under-12 boys and girls is being held. Prof. Venugopal Reddy inaugurated the tournament.
G. NARASIMHA RAO
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