G. NARASIMHA RAO

Andhra University is once again ahead of other universities in the State in conducting its AU Common Entrance Test (AUCET) 2009, for admission into post-graduate courses. It has also released the ranks lists and is all set to commence the admission process from June 7.

The number of candidates appearing for the AUCET has also gone up. While 29,300 appeared for the tests last year, as many as 36,742. In addition 353 candidates have applied for the courses for which admission will be done directly.

The increase in number of students going for PG course indicated that the demand for higher education is going up, Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana pointed out. AU announced the ranks 24 hours after the last of the tests was completed.

All these students will now vie for admission into 8,284 seats in science stream, which include 6,954 in affiliated colleges and 4,487 seats in arts stream, including 2,925 available in affiliated colleges. There are 760 seats in engineering programmes, 440 of them in the AU College of Engineering in the campus. How many of the total number of seats will be filled and the number that remain unfilled will be known only after the admission process is over. Last year some courses failed to attract the students and the admissions were in single digit number. This year test for admission into MA (Hindi) was not held as the number of applicants was less than the number of seats available.

Fate of TAs

The fate of Teacher Associates is expected to be decided during the June 2 Executive Council meeting of AU when it will decide on the process of filling up the vacancies of teachers sanctioned to it by the Government and the TAs are also hoping that they will also get a look during the selection and that more demand for PG courses will work in their favour as TAs will be continued in some departments. This time the AU administration has issued an order saying that the TAs will be renewed or taken on hourly basis and they might get renewed from July 1 after the academic year commences in the third week of June.

The dilemma of the TAs is that they may not be continued as vacancies of regular teachers are being filled up but another hope is that they may be continued in the departments where the strength of students is less.

AU campus off the net

Andhra University campus is disconnected from the internet since May 1, reportedly due to the non-renewal of contract with a firm that is looking after the campus network, though the reason being given is that some cables have snapped.

Meanwhile the teachers engaged in research activity are the most affected as they are denied net access. They hope the net will be restored soon.

Gold medal presented

The Samvinmayi Gayathri Charitable Trust has instituted a gold medal in the memory of former Principal V. Radha Krishna Murthy, which is sponsored by his wife Leelavathi, to be given to the topper of B.Tech. (CSE branch) from AU College of Engineering every year.

The 2008 prize went to V.V.N. Pavana Kumar and the gold medal was presented to him by the managing trustee of the trust Prof. Gopala Krishna Murthy last week. Prof. Satyanarayana, Rector B. Parvatheeswara Rao, Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy and others were present.

Mr. Pavana Kumar, who is from a rural background is now doing M.Tech. in IISc, Bangalore.

Good response for campus interviews

The campus interviews for teachers in schools, conducted for the second successive year by the Intel Teach Program in collaboration with AU’s Department of Education received good response as 220 out of the 1,000 candidates who turned up for interviews have been selected for the next round of interview as well as recruitment. Prof. Satyanarayana inaugurated the camp and urged the school managements to concentrate on the needs of future and prepare children with good qualities.

Dean Faculty of Education K.P. Subba Rao explained about the campus interviews. Secretary of Master trainers Club P.K. Panda said the club has so far trained 2000 teachers under the Intel Teach program. Ms. K. Radha Chary of Intel Teach, Assistant Professor of AISE T. Sharon Raju and others participated.

Ph.D.s awarded

Andhra University has awarded Ph.D. in botany to P. Prayaga Murthy for his thesis on “studies on the weed flora of crop fields of north coastal Andhra Pradesh”. Senior professor M. Venkaiah was his research guide. Mr. V. Naveen Kumar received Ph.D. in organic chemistry for his thesis “total synthesis of herbarumin-III and development of new synthetic methodologies”. Prof. Y.L.N. Murthy of AU and Dr. J.S. Yadav of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (Hyderabad) were his research guides.

JNTU has awarded Ph.D. to a professor of Department of EEE of Gayatri Vidya Parishad K. Narasimha Rao in electrical and electronics engineering for his thesis “transfer capability computation using neural networks and enhancement with facts devices in a deregulated power system”. He has done his Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. J. Amarnadh of JNTU.