Budget estimates approved for 2006-07 at first meeting
VISAKHAPATNAM: The reconstituted and enlarged Andhra University Academic Senate at its first meeting here on Monday approved budget estimates for 2006-07 with a deficit of Rs. 11.74 crores and introduction of several new courses.
The meeting also passed a resolution seeking the Central Government to accord the status of ancient language to Telugu and recognise it as the second official language.
Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy who presided over the meeting, explained various developmental activities taken up to bring in qualitative changes in the academics, research and extension services.
Internal Quality Assurance Circles had been formed for each department to improve upon the `A' grade AU had received from the NAAC last time. This was for the first time that the quality circle concept was introduced in an Indian university, Prof. Reddy said.
Best Academician of the Year award for teachers would be introduced and presented on September 5 every year. Similarly, research paper contests would be conducted for the students and research scholars of campus colleges.
AU would publish a quarterly AU News Bulletin and the first issue would come out in July.
Bonanza for student
A student of geo-physics was selected by the Caltex company with a pay of 19,000 US dollar a month, he disclosed.
The following are the new courses being introduced: M. Planning (environment) in Department of Architecture and M.E. (construction technology and project management) in Civil Engineering Department. M.C.A., M.Sc. (organic chemistry) four-year B.B.A. (honors) and one-year full-time PG diploma in risk and insurance management at the GITAM College of Management, part-time diploma course in Arabic, short-term diploma course in acting, certificate course in television acting and anchoring and certificate course in make-up.
Another new course, B.Com (customer service management) is being introduced followed by an MoU signed between the School of Distance Education and HSBC.
AU was also proposing to introduce the following courses: M.Sc. (nano sciences), M.Sc. (tech) in petroleum geo-sciences for B.Sc. students in Geology Department, M.Tech. (petroleum exploration), M.P.Ed., four-year Bachelor of Design course in Department of Fine Arts and PG diploma in criminal justice in Law College.
The meeting mourned the death of former Principal of AU College of Engineering V. Radhakrishna Murthy.