Staff Reporter

Meeting UGC norm on land may prove a tough task

A minimum of 200 acres of land is required at one placePublic representatives suggest that it be set up in the 20-acre Telugu University PeetamFormer Minister G. Butchaih Chowdary suggests establishing the university between Madhurapudi airport and Rajahmundry.Naming the university also assumes importance

Rajahmundry: The Cabinet decision to establish a university in Rajahmundry has been welcomed by people, including public representatives, academicians and student unions.

Minister for Roads and Buildings Jakkampudi Ramamohana Rao has termed it "a victory of district MLAs, MPs."

The TDP, the BJP and other political parties have also welcomed the decision and advised the Government to create infrastructure before establishing the university.

However, there are teething troubles in opening the university from the next academic year. Naming the university has also assumed importance.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will first insist on availability of land.

According to the local MLA Rowthu Suryaprakash Rao, it is suggested to have the university in the existing Telugu University Peetam, which is spread over 20 acres in Bommuru on the outskirts of the city.

"We have another 40 to 50 acres of Government land in the same area.

The rest of the land will be acquired by the district administration very soon," says Mr. Suryaprakash Rao. But as per the rules, the minimum requirement is 200 acres in one area, which is not possible at present. Former Minister G. Butchaih Chowdary has suggested establishing the university between Madhurapudi airport and Rajahmundry.

He has also suggested commencing classes in the existing Government Arts College and other campuses.

All in the name

Another important feature of the university is its name. Ministers and a few MLAs have suggested that it be named as Godavari University.

But former Union Minister S.B.P.B.K. Satyanarayana Rao, Mr. Butchaiah Chowdary and historian Y.L. Narasimha Rao and others are suggesting that it be named either 'Rajah Rajah Narendra University' or 'Sir Arthur Cotton University'.