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Festive time: Students of Stanley College of Engineering and Technology celebrating ‘Traditional day’ on their college premises in Hyderabad. -
Festive time: Students of Stanley College of Engineering and Technology celebrating ‘Traditional day’ on their college premises in Hyderabad. -

The visit by a 10-member team from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to the Sri Padmavathi Women’s University (SPMVV) turned fruitful with the latter succeeding in extracting concrete assurances on additional financial aid for the XI plan period.

After inspecting the various departments/centres and interacting with the students, teaching and non-teaching staff, the team expressed its satisfaction over the varsity’s performance on academic, administrative, research and extension activities.

The varsity has proposed to construct buildings for Centre for Ambedkar Studies, Centre for Indira Gandhi Studies, Centre for Bio-informatics, Instrumentation cell etc. and sought aid for its ambitious plans to strengthen the campus intranet and install solar water heating and cooking system to save on fuel cost.

“The members observed that the university has the potential to show promising results and tread the path of development once sufficient funds are injected. They also concurred with our view on the need for infrastructure development on the campus to meet the increased student strength. We have submitted proposals for development works estimated to cost Rs.96 crore and hope to get it sanctioned soon”, Vice-Chancellor G. Sarojamma exudes confidence.

According to Rector Uma Devi, the varsity signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with a number of research organisations and foreign universities for faculty/student exchange to achieve academic excellence. An amount of Rs.2.7 crore was released out of the Rs.3.37 crore sanctioned for the varsity under the Tenth plan period, which has to be spent by the end of the current financial year, Registrar B.Suguna adds.

SVU

A.B.K. Prasad, chairperson of Official Language Commission and a senior journalist visited Sri Venkateswara University last week and reviewed the implementation of Telugu language in the varsity’s administration with the Registrar Y.Venkatrami Reddy.

Prof. Reddy explained to the chairperson the practical problems faced by the authorities in official communication, file drafting and furnishing of reports, but agreed to implement Telugu. He also agreed to get the display boards rewritten and the foundation stones/plaques unveiled during inauguration of various buildings and facilities into Telugu.

Later, addressing a meeting organised by the Department of Telugu Studies at the Senate Hall later, Mr. Prasad complained that of the four mainstream languages of South India, Telugu had miserably failed in implementation as official language as well as in teaching as a subject. While even English had encountered a similar problem in England in the past, proper understanding of the gravity of the situation gave a timely wake-up call to the administrators, who got down to correct the situation.

“The language of the land should never be allowed to go extinct”, he noted and listed out the steps initiated to implement the mother tongue right from the Secretariat level.

Head of the Telugu department G.D. Naidu presided over the meeting.

A.D. RANGARAJAN,

in Tirupati

Endowment lecture at UoH

The first Endowment Lecture of Gunturu Seshendra Sarma was held at University of Hyderabad on Tuesday. D. Ramakrishna, a former professor at Kakatiya University and a close associate of Seshendra Sarma, delivered the lecture. He illustrated a comprehensive account of Sarma’s literary pre-occupations and his vision, in English.

Bethavolu Ramabramham and Sashi Mudiraj, professors at the university, spoke about the life and works of Seshendra Sarma in Telugu and Hindi respectively. Indira Devi Dhanarajgir, the wife of Sarma, recalled the memories of her husband.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Seyed E. Hasnain released the CD of the songs prepared on Sarma by Palagummi Viswanatham. Students and faculty of the university and eminent literary personalities of the city were present.

K. VIJAYA BHASKAR REDDY

In Hyderabad


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