Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner to Southern India, Chennai called on the Osmania University Vice-Chancellor, S. Satyanarayana.

Mr. Nithavrianakis lauded the pace of progress and modernisation of Osmania University and said that the Universities in UK are keen on forging close linkages for broadening the contours of higher education. He mentioned that they were looking for strategic partnerships in both the countries.

The Vice-Chancellor said that Osmania University was in forefront in forging linkages with International Institutions of higher learning for advancement of knowledge. He said that the University strongly believed in international cooperation as key to promotion of excellence in higher education in the emerging era of globalization. He mentioned that the University was looking for bilateral cooperation with the established Universities in UK in the areas of mutual concern.

Andhra University

Two NSS volunteers of Andhra University, K. Goutharmi of AU College of Science and Technology and a M. Pharmacy student of AU College of Pharmaceutical Sciences T. Manikya Lakshmi along with NSS Programme Officer of Aditya Degree College G.V.S. Nageswara Rao visited China as part of an Indian youth delegation.

The two NSS volunteers were among the 50 selected from among the several lakhs of NSS volunteers to be part of the Indian delegation. The 500-member Indian delegation visited China as part of a reciprocal basis. During the 10-day tour which started on September 20, the Indian team visited Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai and some rural areas. There were interaction meetings with the local youths.

The NSS volunteers and PO called on Rector of AU P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy after their return. NSS Programme Coordinator of AU P. Ramachandra Rao and others were present.

Lecture

Padma Sri awardee and former Director of IICT Dr. A.V. Rama Rao delivered the ninth annual Prof. Chelikani Chiranjeevi endowment lecture conducted by Andhra University.

In his lecture on chemistry for human welfare, Dr. Rama Rao explained the importance of chemistry in human development and how various drugs, fertilizer and pesticides have been developed with the help of chemistry. Life expectancy has gone up and also the GDP and exports and imports thanks to the research done in chemistry and its application.

Cost of drugs and vitamins have come down drastically and more important among them were drugs for HIV.

The benefit of interaction between the national laboratories and the industry has been transferred to the people, the Padma Sri awardee said.

Rector P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy presided and presented the Prof. C. Chiranjeevi mineral engineering award, on behalf of the Mineral Engineering Science Association, to K. Srinivasa Rao of Kadapa.

Principal in-charge of AU College of Science and Technology Ch.V.R. Murthy, Registrar K. Samrajyalakshmi, HoD of Chemical Engineering D. Subba Rao, Dean (academic affairs) G. Gnanamani, former professors like GJVJ Raju and B.S. Reddy and former Registrar M.S. Prasada Rao and representatives of the industry K. Kanna Babu (Trimex) Ch. S. Prasad, Bala Gangadhar (HPCL), and others were present.

Appointed

Professor of Commerce, AU School of Distance Education N. Subba Rao has been appointed as an executive committee member of the governing body constituted by the Union Ministry of HRD for establishing a State resource centre for adult and continuing education here. Prof. Subba Rao was earlier appointed as a member of National Task Force by the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

Employment cards

The University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau at AU informed that the Government has permitted revival of lapsed employment registration cards with previous seniority. This facility is available for the cards that had lapsed after June 1, 2009. The revival is allowed only up to October 30.

Interested can approach the bureau in person along with the lapsed card and the required certificates, Deputy Chie of the bureau Ch. Subbi Reddy informed.

G. Narasimha Rao,

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