Governor impressedA couple of programmes started by Andhra University--Dial Your VC and University Adalat--achieved the desired results as soon as they have been introduced.First to be introduced in an Indian university, the Dial Your VC (held on every first Saturday) will see the Vice-Chancellor with the assistance of some top officials of the university informing the callers the details of courses, fee, exam schedule, endowments, etc. and clarifying their doubts. The University Adalat is meant to solve the disputes between individuals or sections of the campus. Such an exercise will stop a minor irritant or a problem escalating into a major issue.The two programmes have impressed the Governor Rameshwar Thakur, who is Chancellor of AU so much so that he wanted complete details so that the same can be introduced in the Orissa universities.This was what he told Prof. Reddy when the latter called on him along with the Registrar P. Vijaya Prakash here last week. Prof. Reddy explained to the Governor the academic and development activities of the AU and about the newly formed Adikavi Nannaya University in Rajahmundry of which he is the Vice-Chancellor in-charge.Courses with a purposeAdikavi Nannaya University will have six courses to start with and they are area-specific and meant to increase employability along with imparting knowledge, say Prof. Reddy and the Officer on Special Duty C. Rathnam.Among the six courses are masters courses in geo informatics and fisheries and aqua culture and the students who studied this courses will have an advantage since ONGC has a major establishment in Rajahmundry and the East and West Godavari districts are major aquaculture centers. The other courses are MA (English) with an emphasis on soft skills which are very much required for the students in facing competition in the job market, M.B.A., M.C.A. and M.Sc. (organic chemistry).The VC in-charge and the OSD promised to start M.A. (Telugu) from next year, a course which will not be like the routine PG programme in the language. Hope this promise is kept since the university is named after Nannaya, the first of the Telugu poets.Prof. Ratnam says the course structure of all courses will be slightly different from the existing programmes. Ad-hoc Boards of Studies are being formed to design the courses. The new university will also lay a lot of stress on university-industry tie-ups.Some faculty members and non-teaching staff have to be deputed to the new university from its mother university. Some have given their consent and AU wants experienced persons to be deputed since every section of the administration in the new university must be formed in such a way that it functioned without a hitch in future.MoU with cancer hospitalAU signed an MoU with the Cancer Treatment and Research Centre of the Lions Club (better known as Lions Cancer Hospital) here. As per the agreement the Department of Human Genetics of AU and the Lions Cancer Hospital will collaborate in the areas of creating cancer awareness, cancer genetic research, particularly breast and cervical cancer, and screening of the population for these two types of cancer with an emphasis on genetic aspects.AUCE board meetsThe board of governors of Andhra University College of Engineering (autonomous) was held last week with the Vice-Chancellor in the chair. Principal Allam Appa Rao explained to the members the academic and administrative activities of the college. Joint Secretary to the UGC C.S. Meena also attended.Ex-Addl. Registrar deadRich tributes were paid to the former Additional Registrar P. Hanumantha Rao by the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, and other officials and the president and general secretary of the AU United Staff Union, N. Appa Rao and V. Koti Reddy. Hanumantha Rao (82) died in Hyderabad while undergoing treatment. The employees recalled that he was instrumental in preparing seniority lists and ensured promotions to the non-teaching staff in a systematic manner.PG admissionsAU campus which is calm and quiet due to summer vacation will see activity again when the 15-day first phase of counseling for admission into various courses commences on June 16.Counseling for science courses will be held at the TLN Sabha Hall and for humanities at the Convocation Hall. The AU Directorate of Admissions will perform this task. The admissions are based on the ranks obtained in the AU Common Entrance Test (AUCET) 2006.G. NARASIMHA RAO