Academic Senate to request Centre to upgrade the university

The Academic Senate of Andhra University at its meeting here on Wednesday unanimously resolved to request the Central government to upgrade AU into a Central University.

Presiding over the meeting, Vice-Chancellor incharge P. George Victor said rationalisation of courses was required. Responding to the suggestion of the former Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana, who attended the meeting, the Senate also resolved to request the State government to provide faculty positions in various departments to be filled as per the norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Senate felt that the posts that were already sanctioned should be filled before the beginning of the next academic year. While thanking the government for release of 40 per cent of arrears, it was resolved to request for release the balance amount. Expressing concern at the fall in the strength of the Senate, Prof. Satyanarayana suggested nomination of new members.

Registrar V. Uma Maheswara Rao informed the members that the reconstitution of the Academic Senate was already on. A letter would be written to the State government and it would be full bench at the next meeting of the Senate.

Agenda

In all, there were 28 items on the agenda and they were all approved by the Senate. They include: approval of the syllabus of 3-year MBA (Hospital Administration) being offered by the School of Distance Education from the academic year 2011-12, revised syllabus for MBA (Retail Management) and M. Tech remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems from 2012-13 and introduction of a two-year MA course in Yoga and Consciousness in the Department of Yoga and Consciousness from 2012-13.

The proposal to discontinue the M.S. Geology (5 year Integrated) course from 2013-14 due to lack of proper infrastructure, laboratories and qualified teaching staff drew serious debate from some of the members.