Some of the actions taken by Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana indicate that he is keen to provide a better academic atmosphere in the campus.

At a meeting of HoDs last week, he reminded them the rules already in existence and wanted their strict implementation from the next academic year. He stressed on the need to ensure that all students attend classes regularly and that the teachers must monitor the attendance. The practice of answering questions in Telugu, which is still noticed in some departments, must go and English usage is compulsory.

Divesting a professor of the Headship of Computer Science department is also believed to be the VC’s move in his efforts to improve the academic atmosphere in the campus.

Ragging of juniors, which is expected as soon as the admissions are completed, cannot be tolerated and the anti-ragging measures must be implemented, Prof. Satyanarayana said. The HoDs are also asked to act as honorary wardens of hostels in which students from their departments are staying so that the problems of hostellers are solved before they become a big issue. Also the sanitation, water supply and security in the academic departments will be monitored through committees formed for the purpose. Unlike last year, there was no trouble in the campus as the students staying in the hostels have obliged with the order to vacate the hostels for the summer vacation which started last week-end.

From now on the individual academic departments will decide on admitting foreign students into the research programmes.

While the semester-end examinations are coming to an end, the internet in the campus stopped functioning due to a server problem. The lack of net connection is also being felt by the top brass.

Training programme held

Andhra University College of Science and Technology organised a five-day training programme on “mathematical algorithms and statistical analyses” for research scholars and young teachers in the use of software in data analysis.

Prof. Prasada Reddy distributed the participation certificates to the trainees during the valedictory function. Principal P. Rajendra Prasad, HoDs of Statistics and coordinator of the programme K. Srinivasa Rao, co-coordinator P.D.N. Srinivas of Department of Statistics, other HoDs, Chairmen of Boards of Studies and others were present.

Venkata Rao felicitated

The AU Law College organised a function to felicitate Prof. Venkata Rao, one of its faculty, on his appointment as VC of National Law University. Prof. Satyanarayana, Rector B. Parvateeswara Rao, Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy, and others felicitated Prof. Venkata Rao and his wife Ms. Kamala.

They said that Prof. Venkata Rao’s appointment has elevated the status of AU. Prof. Y. Satyanarayana, Prof. Rajendra Prasad, teachers from different departments of AU, students, advocates and others attended.

GITAM to give priority to research

GITAM University will give high priority to research, particularly in the areas of societal needs and industrial requirements, University President M.V.V.S. Murthi said, during an interaction with senior professors. Every faculty member must have two international research publications in a year, Dr. Murthi said promising that GITAM University would provide the required infrastructure facilities and special research funds to conduct research activities. He wanted the researchers to concentrate on contemporary issues like global warming, bio-medical engineering, bio-diesel, medicinal plants tissue culture and biotechnology.

GITAM will establish a Central Research Laboratory with high quality equipment and seminar halls, Dr. Murthi said.

Vice-Chancellor M. Gangadhara Rao said that to encourage researchers, the university released funds recently. He advised that researchers to take the advantage of MoUs, which GITAM had singed with internationally reputed universities.

University Technical Advisor P.K. Sharma stressed on the university-industry interaction to strengthen the research and consultancy services.

SHIRDI Foundation secretary K. Venkateswara Rao suggested to researchers to form themselves into groups to get good results.

Pro Vice-Chancellor G. Subramanyam, Principals N. Laxmana Das, K. Sivarama Krishna and P. Suresh and Heads of the Department participated in this meeting.

Tagore remembered

Rabindranath Tagore was remembered on the occasion of his birth anniversary on May 7. Vice-Chancellor of AP State Law University Y. Satyanarayana, Principal of AU Dr. Ambedkar Law College A. Rajendra Prasad, VC designate of National Law School of India University (Bangalore) R. Venkata Rao and others garlanded the bust of Tagore in the Law College building.

Teachers training programme

Effective teachers are instrumental in helping students learn and meet challenging standards, Director of National Institute of Technical Teacher’s Training and Research (Chennai), B.G. Barki said at a teachers’ training programme organised by GITAM University. Teachers must customise teaching for each learner, use data effectively for diagnosing learning needs, work collaboratively with other teachers, identify and share best practices, and hold one another accountable for meeting professional standards, Prof. Barki said. There was a severe shortage of qualified teachers in the country particularly in the field of technical education, he said and suggested that GITAM University could start a HRD centre to train technical teachers who are working in and outside the university.

Earlier GITAM University governing body member K. Koteswara Rao said that the university was planning to start a quality assurance cell and academic audit system to improve the teaching standards.

Prof. Koteswara Rao suggested that each faculty member should do self assessment.

Principal of GITAM University Institute of Science N. Laxmana Das presided over the function. Institute of Management Principal K. Siva Rama Krishna, Academic Affairs Dean C. Dharma Raj, Institute of Pharmacy Principal P. Suresh and others participated.