Term of the present Members of Andhra University Executive Council has come to an end and some senior professors of campus colleges are making their trials to be part of the highest decision-making body of the university.

Eight posts of EC Members in Class II category are to be filled up teachers from campus, affiliated colleges, social workers, writers and others and the Government decides their appointment. Among the eight, two are meant for campus teachers. With the term of Prof. I. Muralikrishna and Prof. B. Ganga Rao coming to an end senior professors are making efforts to get nominated for the two slots. But Chief Minister has reportedly doused their spirits when he said that making appointments when the elections are just a few months away is not proper. He seems to have decided to continue the present set of Members. In spite of CM not willing to fill up the posts now the AU professors are continuing their efforts.

Guest house out of reach

The ultramodern Platinum Jubilee Guest House, constructed by the AU administration to provide more accommodation to those visiting the campus as the Ranjani and Anjali guest houses are not able to meet the demand.

But this swanky guest house with a good sea view and which rivals any star hotel is now out of reach of university community. It has been privatised and the high room tariff is keeping the university community out. External examiners and Members of Boards of Studies who visit the campus are not in a position to stay in the Platinum Jubilee Guest House as the minimum room tariff (after 50 per cent concession) is Rs. 600, while the examiners and others are paid a daily allowance half of that amount.

Now outsiders are using the facility, as there is an added advantage of catering facility at a low price. For paying less than half of the amount one has to shell out at a star hotel, he or she can enjoy star facilities.

Workshop on microbiology

Department of Microbiology conducted a National workshop on recent developments in microbiology. Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana who inaugurated the workshop with Principal in-charge of AU College of Science and Technology A. Sithapathi presiding, said microbiology enjoyed a good job potential. HoD and organising secretary G. Subba Rangaiah explained about the objectives of the workshop. Y. Udaya Bhaskara Rao of Shanta Biotech and Prof. D.V.R. Sai Gopal of S.V. University delivered lectures.

NSS orientation programme

The NSS Training and Orientation Centre organised the 88th orientation training programme for NSS Programme Officers last week. Principal of Law College A. Rajendra Prasad inaugurated while Rector B. Parvatheeswara Rao was chief guest of the valedictory function. Forty nine Pos from AU, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Sri Venkateswara University and JNTU participated. Training Coordinator N.A.D. Pal and others were present.

Chief Warden

A professor of chemical engineering P. King took charge as Chief Warden of engineering college hostels. Prof. King had earlier held posts like Assistant Principal, Warden, Dean of students affairs, etc.

Talk on nuclear options

A senior staff engineer with Entergy Operations Inc. K.R. Rao spoke on nuclear options at a talk organised in the AU College of Engineering. Dr. Rao felt that the huge power requirements of India could be met only through nuclear power generation. Nuclear power could be generated by satisfying the stringent environmental considerations.

He also wanted technical safety regulations introduced in the academic programme. Principal P.S.N. Raju presided.

Vignan holds workshop

The Vignan’s Institute of Information Technology organised a two-day National workshop on information security. A senior professor of AUCE P.S. Avadhani was chief guest. Principal A. Sesha Rao presided. Resource person R. Padmavathi and others participated. Dr. Chakravarthy Bhagavathy of Central University, HoD of IT R. Rajender, co-convenor U. Nanaji and others spoke.

UK university shows interest in GITAM

University of Glasgow, where teaching and research work is being actively done in nanotechnology, management, finance and medicine, is interested to do combined research works with GITAM University, its International Officer Caroline Boddie said during a visit to GITAM campus.

She held discussions with Vice Chancellor M. Ganagadhara Rao and others. The UK university and GITAM have entered into an MoU two years ago on MSc management programme.

Pro-Vice Chancellor V. Subramanyam, Registrar P.M. Valli , GITAM Institute of Management Principal K. Siva Rama Krishna, Kishan Khaza and others were present.

Clinical photography workshop

The GITAM Dental College & Hospital conducted a one-day workshop on “clinical photography. H.O.D. of Orthodontics and Secretary Yenepoya Dental & Medical College, Mangalore Akhter Hussain was chief guest.

Digital clinical photography is a useful adjunct for the dental hospital, he said. With the increase of visible aesthetic dentistry, more dental practitioners now want to show their work to their patients, potential patients and colleagues, he added.

Dr. Hussain said that Oral photography is an excellent avenue for practice building, recording treatment, and legal protection. Dental College Principal K. Gangadhara Prasad presided.

GITAM talk

A balanced diet full of energy, rich in specific micro nutrients which work against stress; and consumed at the right time, is a natural way of combating stress Assistant Professor of Department of Food Science and Technology, GITAM University K. Gayathri said while delivering a lecture on stress management at a research colloquium. A diet with 60-75 percent raw food helps control stress.

Studies revealed that stress related problems contribute to 80 percent of physiological disorders. GITAM Institute of Science Principal N. Laxmana Das presided.

Ph.Ds. awarded

RWTH University in Aachen (Germany) has awarded Ph.D. in computer science to Satish Narayana Srirama for his thesis “mobile hosts in enterprise service integration in magna-cum-laude grade”. Andhra University awarded Ph.D. to T.V. Lakshmi Kumar in metrology and oceanography for his thesis “studies on agro-hydroclimatic potentialities of India”. Prof. A.A.L.N. Sarma was his research guide.

A professor of IT in Vignan’s K. Venkata Rao has received Ph.D. in computer science from AU for his thesis “some methods of key distribution using Chinese remainder theorem and wavelet transforms based on visual and public eye cryptosystems”. Prof. P.S. Avadhani was his guide.