Rich tributes paid to V.B.V. Reddy, founder-president of Dr. Lankapalli Bullayya College

Andhra Pradesh State has become a model in skill development and every week many delegations from upcountry are visiting Hyderabad to study the model, according to Chairman of Rajiv Education and Employment Mission of AP, K.C. Reddy.

Delivering the inaugural V.B.V. Reddy memorial oration arranged on the occasion of the 88 birth anniversary of VBV Reddy at Dr. Lankapalli Bullayya College here on Thursday, he said that the Government identified employment potential/opportunity and trained youth assuring them gainful employment.

This was an answer to the complaints of industry about the mismatch in academic world. Private sector had become dominant, wanting specific skills.

“The market also provides an opportunity for people to go and get trained. But how many can afford to pay? As many as 2.2 lakh people trained by the Government are 45 per cent are BCs, 26 per cent SC/STs, and others belonging to self-help group households.

We have completed seventh district visit of Indirammabata,” he disclosed.

Prof. Reddy said development must become participatory, inclusive or otherwise it would become a problem instead of enriching the society. Education with definite focus of skill development and vocational training would provide results.

If there were no skills created, the young India with majority of youthful population, would go restive.

“When you have large number of youth, the tolerance levels will be limited,’ he cautioned.

Paying glowing tributes to V.B.V. Reddy, founder-president of Dr. Lankapalli Bullayya College, he was one of the persons who played a key role in value system and was a great philanthropist.

Prof. Reddy also felicitated former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University B. Swami, social workers Susarla Gopala Sastry and Kasim S. Mehdi and Varahalu Chetty of Book Centre on the occasion.

Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust Ajeya Kallam, who unveiled a portrait of V.B.V. Reddy at the venue, said that V.B.V. Reddy belonged to a generation which believed in Indianness in our institution and tradition.

“I heard so much about him. They did business in VPT but never behaved like stevedores. They created institutions and took care of workers because they believed in trusteeship which Gandhi talked about,” he stated.

Former Rector of Andhra University and noted commentator A. Prasanna Kumar said that education, science and technology contributed to social growth and VBV Reddy a visionary founded The Society for Collegiate Education which set up Bullayya College.

Director General of Prema Hospitals S.V. Adinarayana Rao said V.B.V. Reddy always supported sports activities in the city and suggested that the Bullayya College complex and road be named after him.

Earlier, Director of the college K. Bhaskara Reddy welcomed the gathering and Secretary and Correspondent G. Madhu Kumar proposed a vote of thanks.

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