As part of the TTD’s exercise to propagate the glory of Tallapaka Annamacharya among the academic and literate classes by reaching out to universities, a national seminar was conducted on ‘Annamacharya Sahithi Sankeerthana’ at Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) last Tuesday. The event was conducted jointly by the varsity’s Department of Telugu Studies and the TTD’s Annamacharya Project to commemorate the saint-poet’s 600th birth anniversary.

TTD Executive Officer K.V. Ramanachary explained that seminars were being organised in universities with the noble intention of carrying forward the legacy of Annamayya to the future generations. These seminars were meant to stimulate interest among the scholars to take up research on the various facets of Annamayya.

His unstinted devotion for the Lord of Seven Hills with a pristine heart, his unparallel effort to immortalise his ‘Bhakti’ through the composition of 32,000 songs, his tirade against the societal aberrations and his message on detachment from materialistic pleasures are some of the potential areas of study, he noted and pointed out that the TTD had already announced a monthly scholarship of Rs.6,000 to the scholars pursuing research on him. He also responded positively to the department’s plea to institute a chair in the varsity in the name of Annamayya’s wife, Tallapaka Thimmakka. Annamacharya Project director and ‘Sahasravadhani’ Medasani Mohan delivered the keynote address, while Dravidian University Vice-Chancellor Cuddapah Ramanaiah spoke. In her inaugural address, SPMVV Vice-Chancellor G. Sarojamma called Annamayya a philosopher and reformer par excellence and wanted the TTD to hold such workshops to reach the treasure trove of divine knowledge among the public. Rachapalem Chandrasekhara Reddy, a professor from Yogi Vemana University, appealed to the TTD to conduct competitions for children to create awareness on Annamayya philosophy.

Kamisetty Srinivasulu, Director of SV Recording Project, presided over the valedictory session.

P. Saraswathi, HoD, Telugu, coordinated the seminar. 40 research papers were presented by researchers from various universities on the occasion.

Dravidian University

Dravidian University conducted a national workshop last week on ‘Teaching literatures in English: Contemporary trends and techniques’ under the aegis of its Department of English and Communications.

The event was aimed at making English literature teaching more contemporaneous and profitable to all its stakeholders - students, faculty and society at large.

While championing the cause of pedagogical upgrading of teaching literatures in English, Vice-Chancellor Cuddapah Ramanaiah illustrated how “involved teaching” leaves a lasting impression on the minds of young students. However, he cautioned the gathering not to ignore Indian languages and literature and made a case for harmonious growth of all Indian languages and literatures, including English.

Chief resource person Prema Nanda Kumar, daughter of Prof. K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, a professor and a pioneering critic of Indian Literature in English, tried to steer clear of misconceptions on the role of teaching English literature in Indian context and stressed the symbiotic existence of Indian literatures and English literature in India.

K. Venkata Reddy, a retired professor at SK University (Anantapur), pointed out the deep-rooted influence of English on Indian literature. “English has almost become a national language of India because of its alignment with Indian culture and literature,” he added.

In her key-note address, K.R. Nirupa Rani, Vice-Chancellor of Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry, visualised the English departments metamorphosing into ‘Departments of Culture Studies.’ She also appealed to the English teachers to listen to the “voice” of a textbook and help students listen the same having cultural connotations. English HoD Ch. A. Rajendra Prasad explained the workshop objectives.

Registrar K. Ramadas presided over the valedictory session.

A.D. RANGARAJAN,

in Tirupati

JNTU-A

Realising the need for spreading awareness about the design and construction aspects of earthquake resistance in infrastructure development, the Department of Civil Engineering of JNTU-A College of Engineering, Anantapur, has organised a workshop on “Earth Quake Resistant Structures” earlier this week.

Speakers at the workshop included Deputy Director of Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), Chennai, N.G. Bhagawan, and Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar of the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad. They stressed the need for increased safety interventions against earthquakes in building designs and use of earthquake code.

They cautioned the engineers against the complacency that earthquake would not strike in “safe zone” like Anantapur. By following the earthquake resistant precautions in the design and construction, the builders would not incur more than two per cent of additional cost, they said.

No engineer had probably predicted that a massive earthquake would hit Latur area in Maharashtra and it had forced the structural engineers to treat every area in the country as earth quake prone. The Latur earthquake had even forced the seismologists to treat all zones in the country as earthquake zones, they noted.

They suggested the structural engineers to bend the steel bars used in columns to 135 degrees instead of 95 degrees. Principal of the College V. Shankar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department S. Krishnaiah, Director of Evaluation H. Sudarshan Rao and TEQIP Nodal Officer Subba Rao also spoke.

Associate Professor C. Sashidhar and Assistant Professor Vaishali G Ghorpade of the Civil Engineering Department coordinated the workshop.

B. Chandrasekhar

in Anantapur

Satavahana University

The Satavahana University in Karimnagar town has conducted a two-day seminar on “Building the skills for meeting the growing needs of IT and IT enabled services in AP” on the university campus on March 30 and 31.

Former head of Computer science Prof Subba Reddy participated as chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, he called upon the student community to update their knowledge skills to meet the present changing market scenario. He also said that Indian students were having more analytical skills when compared to the students of Western countries and hence are occupying key positions in software, finance, human resources and banking sectors. JNTU district education director Vinay Babu stressed on the need for the development of soft skills by the student community. Satavahana University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Md. Iqbal Ali, Dean Joga Chary, University college principal T. Bharath, Registrar V. Srinivas and others were present.

K.M. Dayashankar

in Karimnagar