Views and trivia from colleges and campuses

All the departments of Andhra University campus colleges are busy preparing budget estimates for the 11th Plan period commencing next month. They have to hurry through as there is little time. The estimates are generally prepared in the third quarter of the financial year but in the case of Andhra University there is a delay. It is learnt that other universities in the State are ready with their estimates. UGC wants to improve the infrastructure, computers, e-governance, e-journals, etc., and the AU departments are required to work in this direction while making proposals.PC and problemsAU administration has fulfilled a long pending promise, that of providing personal computers to all its teachers, but some teachers are sore that they failed to receive the favour in spite of nearly 400 PC having been distributed.This good number of PCs has been allotted as per seniority and the unlucky few have to wait for the second phase of distribution likely to be held during the next academic year. There are 750 teachers in the campus colleges and those with the College of Arts and Commerce need the PCs most since the faculty members of engineering and science colleges have already been given the computers, the former has many, thanks to the TEQUIP funds.Even as some teachers have not been given the PCs, the administration is facing another problem with those already having the computers (thanks to the research funds) are demanding that they be given the new PCs, which are updated with the present software and other features.hile the teachers are getting new PCs, the systems already with the offices of various departments are not functioning, some pointed out!Principal gets awardPrincipal of Andhra University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences K.P.R. Chowdary has received the "Eminent Pharmacy Graduate Award 2006" of the Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association (Hyderabad) at the second annual conference of the association held in Hyderabad last week. He guided 45 PhDs, 60 M.Phils. and published 230 research papers and conducted many major research projects in the college.AU teachers continue to pleadThe Andhra University Teachers Association continued its efforts to secure its long-pending demand of increasing the age of superannuation to 62 years for university teachers. AUTA which met all the top functionaries of the Government whenever they visited the city, submitted a memorandum to Minister for Higher Education Pinnamaneni Koteswara Rao during his visit to the city last week with exhaustive details as to why the favour should be extended to all the teachers of State universities. The UGC has recommended that the age of superannuation of university teachers may be extended to 62 years and the teachers of Central universities are already enjoying the benefit.Stress managementThe Department of Psychology and Parapsychology of AU which has a lot of experience in stress management area, extended its service to the employees of Comptroller of Defence Accounts (CDA) of Eastern Naval Command. It organised a two-day training programme on stress management with HoD M.V.R. Raju, an experienced man in this area, conducting the workshop. Award for Vignan studentRoshan V. Gummalla of Vignan Institute of Information Technology was adjudged the Best Speaker in the debate competition at the Spring Spree 07, the 21st annual National-level cultural programme organised by the National Institute of Technology, Warangal recently.Biomical 07Biomical '07, a national-level symposium for bio-technology students was inaugurated at the GITAM College of Engineering. One interesting point during the inaugural session was the speech by noted nephrologist and Superintendent of King George Hospital T. Raviraju during which he explained the relationship between medicine and biotechnology. Managing director of Prathista Biotech, Rajesh K. Sharma, in his keynote address explained the application of biotechnology for improving agricultural yield. BSNL General Manager P. Nagaraju, president of GITAM MVVS Murthi and others were present.G. NARASIMHA RAO

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