B. V. S. Bhaskar

GO quotes Nannaya varsity V-C as asking for the transfer

V-C denies making request for control of the autonomous college

Vundavalli leaving for Delhi on the issue

Rajahmundry: The 153-year-old historical Government (Autonomous) Arts College has hit the headlines, not in a positive manner. The management and control of the college was transferred to Adikavi Nannaya University. Minister for Higher Education D. Sridhar Babu has said that he wants to get more clarity on this issue with K.C. Reddy of Higher Education Council.

A mass movement was launched by the college’s planning and development board, student organisations, women’s organisations, elite citizens and other organisations against GO 136.

Two days ago, college principal TM Venkatacharyulu and other teaching staff members saw G.O.136 in Higher Education department’s website. It was mentioned in the G.O. that the Vice-Chancellor of Adikavi Nannaya University in her letter dt.4.6.09 with D.O.No.ANU/VC/S/09 had requested the government to transfer Government Arts and Science College (Autonomous) to her university from the year 2009-10.

In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 50 of the Andhra Pradesh Universities Act, 1991, the State Government had decided to transfer the management and control of the college to the university by Principal Secretary to Government.

However, it is not clear in what circumstances the Vice-Chancellor asked the government to effect the transfer. “It is only going to be constituent college,” Sridhar Babu, the Minister said, not giving any further clarification.

The principal and 102 teaching and 71 non-teaching staff are in a mood to agitate over the issue.

“The college was established in 1852 and declared degree college in 1873. No government college’s control or management in the State has been taken over by any university,” said senior staff members of the college.

When contacted, Vice-Chancellor K. Niruparani said, “I have not seen the G.O. yet. I have not written any letter to government in this regard. No more comments”.

MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar, who studied in the college, said that he was leaving for Delhi and would discuss the issue. MLA Rowthu Suryaprakasha Rao was in discussion over the issue.