G. NARASIMHA RAO

With less than 10 days left for the Indian Science Congress preparations for the same are going on at a hectic pace. All buildings in the campus are getting a fresh coat of paint and roads have been laid while cleaning up process is on.

Campus is presenting a pleasant picture with white washed buildings, re-topped and widened roads and shrubs and wild growth removed. One hopes quality of work has been maintained though they have been completed at a hectic pace and lasts long. One feels that not just the outsides of the buildings but walls inside the classrooms too should have been given a fresh coat of paint.

Not many papers from campus Though the Indian Science Congress, one of the largest and most important gathering of intellectuals, is being held in the campus not many teachers from AU campus colleges are presenting papers in the Congress. Even prompting from the administration that the fee of Rs. 1,200 for presenting a paper will be waived in the case of campus teachers had failed to enthuse the teachers, it is learnt.

Holidays for teachers restricted Teachers of campus colleges have to contend with a few days of holidays during the Christmas-New Year-Sankranti period. Earlier holidays were announced from December 21 to January 16 next but later the holidays have been cancelled. This means they have to attend during the time Science Congress is held (Jan. 3 to 6). Now the teachers are coming to departments every day and are not doing much as it is Sankranti vacation for students.

Some solace for TAs Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy created some hope for the Teacher Associates though he turned down some other requests. He did not respond positively to their request to hike their payment and redesignate them as Assistant Professors but assured them that they might be absorbed when interviews for the backlog vacancies and for the posts not filled during the last interviews, when the process is taken up during January. He also promised to look into their request to pay salary for summer vacation.Golden jubilee of NSS course The NSS unit of Andhra University is one of the oldest and has trained a large number of students and the Programme Officers. Recently it finished the 50th refresher training course for NSS POs. This is a golden jubilee batch, pointed out Coordinator (training) of NSS Training and Orientation Centre of AU R.D. Sampath Kumar.

Rector B. Satyanarayana inaugurated the course. Director of Extension Services of AU B. Vijayalakshmi and others spoke. Thirty five POs from affiliated colleges of AU, Acharya Nagarjuna and Sri Venkateswara universities attended the course.

Vinuthna 2007 School of Computer Sciences of Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering organised Vinuthna-2007, a national meet of computer students. Prof. Venugopal Reddy inaugurated the meet. Member of UPSC E. Balagurusamy wanted Vinuthna to be a platform for the young students to reveal their creativity.

President of GVP B. Swamy, Secretary P. Somaraju, former Director of School of Computer Sciences I.H. Nagaraja Rao, Director of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant Y. Manohar, Principal of the college U.M. Gandhi, and others participated.

The college’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in association with GVP Institute of Advanced Studies organised a short term programme on “advanced finite element analysis” with Prof. J.N. Reddy of Texas A and M University as key resource person.

Talk on consumer rights As part of the Consumer Rights month, the VMC Mahila Vidya Peeth Degree College for Women organised a programme in which chairman of Visakha Consumers Education and Service Society Chapa Kumar explained about consumer’s rights and showed to them with instruments how a consumer is cheated in weighing and measuring a product and the ways to detect them. Cinema halls, LPG, buses are some of the areas he explained to the students.

Principal A. Nalini Kumari and others were also present.

Digital library inaugurated A digital library, an asset to any educational institution particularly a technological one, has been added to the Dadi Institute of Engineering and Technology at Anakapalle near here. The digital library has IEL connectivity. DIET is one of the very few colleges in the State to have this facility. The new facility was inaugurated by Librarian of AU C. Sasikala.

Also the college opened its IEEE students branch. Dr. M.B. Srinivas of IIIT (Hyderabad) inaugurated. This is for the first time that this branch has been opened in a college which is still in inception stage.

It also has plans to open a Women in Engineering Affinity Group in the college.

Professor of ECE of AU College of Engineering K. Raja Rajeswari, secretary of the college D. Ratnakar and others participated.

PRISM students for National championship K. Srilata and R. Rajani Devi studying II BA in PRISM College have been selected for the AP women team participating in the National senior volleyball championship at Jaipur. Srilata has earlier represented India in the beach volleyball international tournament.

Chairman of the college D.R.K. Reddy, correspondent D. Satyanarayana Reddy, Principal S. Srinivasa Rao, Physical Director Y. Srinivasa Rao, students, teachers and non-teaching staff congratulated the two players and wished them success.