Kolakaluri Enoch, renowned litterateur and former Vice-Chancellor of Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), was felicitated at the varsity’s Srinivasa Auditorium here on Thursday, for being conferred with the prestigious Padmashri Award.
Addressing the gathering, SVU Vice Chancellor W. Rajendra heaped encomiums on the writing style of Prof. Enoch and recalled that he was the first Vice-Chancellor of the varsity to be honoured with a ‘Padma’ award. “The prestigious distinction is not only an honour to him, but to the entire varsity,” he added.
Relating his childhood experiences and theme behind his works, Prof. Enoch said that his writings were based on the idea of strengthening the downtrodden sections of the society. “I wanted to change some inherent traits in the society, which can be found in my writing. A normal person, a weak person or a poor person should reach the other side of the spectrum and that was my only idea,” he said.
Dravidian University V-C K. Ratnaiah, Former SVU VC R. Ramamurthy and other eminent personalities hailed Prof. Enoch for doing his wee bit for the uplift of the oppressed sections through his writings.