G. NARASIMHA RAO
As expected by many, Rector Beela Satyanarayana has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University and the ascendance to the highest post of the one of the oldest and reputed universities has not affected his humility and humbleness.
It is not a surprise that Prof. Satyanarayana, who hails from an agricultural family of a village in Vizianagaram district, has not forgotten his concern for the rural areas and the poor students.
Among the important tasks he set for himself is improving the quality of education of the colleges in rural area. There are 85 colleges that recorded less than 25 per cent pass results and as one of the steps to improve their condition, he wants the expertise of the campus to be utilised for these colleges. “I want to visit all the rural colleges within a year and understand their difficulties. Faculty from the campus can be provided to them if needed”, he said, on assuming charge.
“Human resources is the strength of AU and funds may not be problem as long as we have expertise. There must be more projects and academic standards must be improved. Every one must understand the prestige associated with AU and try to improve it further. Many of AU’s alumni are in high positions and their services must be utilised.
They can be asked to adopt poor students,” Prof. Satyanarayana said while revealing his plans. The new VC who turns 60 on July 1, has a soft and friendly bearing, but many who know him say he gets tough when it matters. Some faults must be rectified immediately, he said, and went on to say that many may get angry with him but they must understand that he was following the set rules, he stated.
The major problem Prof. Satyanarayana had faced and could solve when he was VC in-charge was the long delay in declaring results of final year degree examinations, thanks to a private agency entrusted with the job of preparing results and marks sheets. He put in a lot of efforts to get the results published and is firm that only the in-house expertise must be utilised from now on.
A large number of teachers, students, research scholars and employees of the university continue to visit him at the campus to congratulate him on becoming VC. Commissioner of Police N. Sambasiva Rao, International Project Coordinator Guru Dutt Kumar Velpula of Blekinge Institute of Technology of Sweden, an institution with which AU is having an MoU, and others congratulated him. The Andhra University Teachers Association delegation led by its president B.V. Appa Rao, secretary M. Prasada Rao and others congratulated Prof. Satyanarayana.
On Saturday Prof. Satyanarayana conducted the University Adalat.Perth College delegation
A delegation from the Perth College, UK visited Andhra University in connection with introducing a twinning programme B.Eng. (aircraft engineering) from this academic year. Perth College’s Director (international recruitment) Rob Chell and curriculum manager Catherine Etri met Prof. Satyanarayana, Registrar P. Vijaya Prakash, Advisor (international students affairs) M. Jagannadha Rao, Dean (academic affairs) S. Sarveswara Rao, Vice-Principal of AU College of Engineering Ravi Prasad, Faculty Chairman P.S.N. Raju, HoD of Mechanical Engineering Subrahmanyam, Chairman of Board of Studies Sudarsana Rao and others.JRF and UGC NET results
Pulaparthi Srinivasa Rao has qualified for the UGC’s Junior Research Fellow-National Educational Test in Telugu while Chelle Raju, Ashok Thomas (both in economics); Mamta Jha (sociology); Avasarala Ravi Kiran, Maddala Sabitha and Ganta Sonia Grace (education); Daram Vasanatha Kumar (public administration) and Kanta Swathi (MHRM) qualified for the lecturership, in the UGC NET held during December 2007.New facility opened
Prof. Satyanarayana inaugurated an annex to Vidya Hostel, the research scholars hostel.
He assured that more facilities would be provided to the research scholars. Prof. Vijaya Prakash, Executive Council Member P. Sridevi, Chief Warden P. Rajeswara Rao and others were present.Ph.D.s awarded
Andhra University has awarded Ph.D. in law to Puripanda Parvateeswara Rao for his thesis “law and policy of seeds in India: a critical study”. Dr. Sripada Sumitra of AU College of Law is his research guide. N. Annapurna has been awarded Ph.D. in chemical engineering for his thesis “enzyme catalysis in non-aqueous media for production of flavour esters”. Prof. N. Narasimha Rao of Department of Chemical Engineering of AUCE is his guide.