S. V. University’s Academic Senate has decided to introduce path-breaking courses on M.A. (Music) and M.Sc Tech (Hydrogeology), besides bringing in sea change in the way seats are filled in MBA, MCA and M. Pharmacy courses.

The senate, which met recently with the Vice-Chancellor Choppala Ratnam in the chair, decided to keep the Masters course in Women’s Studies under the self-supporting scheme and offer the ‘Diploma in General Linguistics’ as an evening course. The number of self-supporting seats under MBA and MCA streams has been decided to be increased from the present 60 to 90. However, the number of regular seats will remain untouched. The number of M.Pharmacy seats will be hiked from the present 20 to 40.

Similarly in M.Sc. Chemistry, the panel decided to increase 4 seats each in Industrial Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry courses, besides allowing 5 sponsored seats. The number of seats in the P.G. Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management (part-time course) goes up from 30 to 40. The Academic Senate also decided to accept the changes proposed in the M.Sc. Nanomaterials, P.G. Diploma in Guidance and Counselling courses.

DU

Dravidian University conducted an international workshop on ‘Advanced Mathematical Programming Techniques for Young Teachers and Researchers’ at its Kuppam campus last Friday.

Inaugurating the workshop, former Vice Chancellor of Alagappa University Prof. Kanniyappan spoke on the application of developed mathematical programming concepts, illustrating the biomass problem in electricity generation. ‘Investment in knowledge will enhance the academic capability’, he said and explained the emerging concept ‘Intelligent Mathematical Programming’, considered very useful for young researchers.

Participating as a special invitee, Aquil Ahmed, a professor from Kashmir University explained study of optimization and mathematical models. Prof. C. Uma Sankar from SKU’s Post Graduate Centre, Kurnool, highlighted the need for a greater interaction between the university and the industryProf. P. Rajasekhar Reddy, Coordinator of the workshop welcomed the delegates and explained the workshop objectives.

A. D. Rangarajan,

in Tirupati

SKU

Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU), Anantapur, is establishing collaboration with the several universities in the foreign countries for academic development and research.

In a recent seminar conducted by the Sericulture Department of the university several scientists from different countries participated. Agriculture University of Bulgaria represented by its Rector Grevco expressed willingness to enter into a collaboration with SKU. Accordingly, a delegation of the Bulgarian university will meet the SKU officials to finalise the formalities.

Ph.Ds awarded

Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU) has awarded degrees in Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) to R. Rama Naidu for his thesis on ‘structure and growth of labour force in Andhra Pradesh’.

The research supervised by Prof. P. Ramappa of Department of Economics dealt on the growth of workforce in the State during the last 40 years, growth of primary and secondary workforce, exchange of workforce among industrial and service sectors and the status of workforce in the State.

The study also mentioned suggestions to achieve complete employment, required planning, and others. Similarly, P. Vijaya Rao was awarded a Ph.D for his thesis on “application of artificial intelligence in production management with special reference to Praga Tools and HMT in Hyderabad.” The study was supervised by Prof. M. Hampanna of the Department of Management.

B.Chandrashekhar,

in Anantapur