Staff Reporter

Kakinada: Rich tributes were paid to eminent educationist Sir Raghupati Venkataratnam Naidu on the occasion of his birth anniversary at a function organised here on Thursday by JNTU-Kakinada.

Best Teacher awards were presented by Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao and Timothy Lynn Elliot, Director of International Study Programs at Brigham Young University (BYU), USA, who was the chief guest. In his address, Prof. Rao said Sir Raghupati was not only the first elected Vice-Chancellor of Madras University in the year 1925 but also a great teacher who propagated that a teacher should essentially possess the character of love and compassion. Sir Raghupati demonstrated what a teacher could do to society while shaping the careers of youth.

Sir Raghupati was also the principal of P.R. Government College, Kakinada. His valuable guidance in those days to students gave to India several stalwarts. He had nourished the erstwhile Orphanage (which is now the main campus of Rangaraya Medical College), P.R. College and Brahmopasana Mandir, which was very dear to his heart.

BYU’s achievement

Mr. Timothy Elliot said a teacher ought to prepare the students to face complexities of life and that was what the BYU was doing. The BYU had a rich diversity of students from all over the world, and it was a challenging task to reconcile the multiple differences. Yet, the BYU achieved impressive results over the years by setting certain standards, which were never compromised. The former director of Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture and Sir Raghupati Venkataratnam Naidu’s granddaughter T. Rajya Lakshmi recalled his qualities that made him a legend. JNTU-K Registrar V. Ravindra and others were present.