Dravidian University, Kuppam, hosted the 35th annual session of Andhra Pradesh History Congress last week, under the auspices of its Department of History, Archeology and Culture.

Vice-Chancellor Cuddapah Ramanaiah strongly advocated the need to perpetuate study of the social sciences on par with science and technology, for the survival of human civilization. He said a meticulous and scientific study of history would reveal various facets of human civilization, going well beyond language and mundane demographic factors. Dravidian University is willing to publish all the works of the APHC, he said, while releasing a book ‘Thelivaha Godavari' authored by Sanganabhatla Narasaiah.

General President V.Ramakrishna said that the APHC had published 34 books in its 34 years of existence. Presiding over the inaugural session, Y. Subbarayalu of Pondicherry explained the ‘Nayaka' system in Vijayanagara regime, especially the development agenda of the rulers in 15th and 16th centuries. He said evidence of the regime was found in Alamkonda area of Kurnool district.

G.Venkateswara Rao General Secretary and former UGC emeritus professor from Nellore welcomed the hundred plus delegates. P.Subbachari, Dean (Folklore) announced the plan in pipeline to introduce a PG course in folklore history and culture.

Local Secretary N.Kanakaratnam (from Dravidian University) presented the proceedings of the convention. Sessions were held on ancient, medieval and modern Andhra history, local history and historiography.

SVU

A seminar hall was inaugurated in the name of the legendary statistician ‘Prof.C.R. Rao' at SV University's Statistics department last week, which ran in conjunction with the two-day seminar on ‘Data Envelopment Analysis' (DEA).

V.Charles, an alumnus of the department and a professor at University of Peru, Peru, who took part as the special invitee, spoke on how DEA was different from the conventional methods of classical mathematics. Multi-objective goal programming with several inputs and outputs can be handled more effectively through DEA, he said, advising the participants to get familiarised with the applications of DEA for future research pursuits. Former minister of Sericulture and an alumnus Mukku Kasi Reddy spoke on the need for students to keep the campus free of vice such as drug addiction and casteism, while Vice-Chancellor N.Prabhakara Rao called for enhanced industry-institute interaction.

SVU College Principal K.Jayantha Rao and seminar convener C.Subbarami Reddy addressed the delegates, coordinator P.Rajasekhara Reddy welcomed the audience and deputy coordinator P.Tirupati Rao proposed a vote of thanks.

A.D.Rangarajan,

in Tirupati

GITAM University

GITAM University has formed a special advisory committee to work on the B.Arch. programme and the School of Architecture it is introducing. Initially the school will offer the five-year B.Arch. The university wants to impart international standards to the course and a world class 3D model studio with modern equipment will come up, Vice-Chancellor g. Subramanyam said. It should become a centre to learn and teach new ways in architecture, he said.

GITAM University is starting B.Tech. in aeronautical engineering at its campus in Hyderabad and modern laboratories are coming up there.

University's Academic Council has given approval to start a P.G. diploma course in safety, health and environment, changes effected to the syllabi of MBA, MHRM, BEM, BBM, B.Tech. in biotechnology, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering and M.Sc. in electronics science, physics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and microbiology programmes.

The new syllabus would make the courses more practical-oriented and improve job opportunities of the students.

Pro Vice-Chancellor D. Harinarayana and Registrar M. Potha Raju also participated.

M.Sc. admissions

Test for admission into science programmes of GITAM University's Institute of Science will be held on May 6. The courses being offered are M.Sc. in applied mathematics, physics, electronic science, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, environmental science, food science and technology, bioinformatics and BCA, BEM (three years) and five-year integrated M.Sc. in biotechnology and MCA.

Principal N. Laxmana Das informed that a minimum aggregate of 50 per cent in group subjects in the qualifying examination is required to appear for the entrance test.

Those appearing for the qualifying examination can also appear for the entrance test.

Syllabus of the entrance test can be downloaded from the GITAM website www.gitam.edu. Ranks will be given separately based on the performance in the test. Test will be conducted in Anantapur, Berhampur, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Eluru, Guntur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Khammam, Kota, Kurnool, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Rayagada, Raipur, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Warangal.

Applications can be downloaded from the GITAM website and can also be obtained by post from Director-Admissions of GITAM University.

Applications have to reach Director-Admissions, GITAM University, Gandhi Nagar Campus, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam-530045 by April 15.

G. Narasimha Rao,

in Visakhapatnam