TIRUPATI: With just days to go for the grand celebrations of the golden jubilee year to begin, the TTD-run Sri Venkateswara College of Music and Dance in Tirupati, eagerly awaits the grant of the ‘deemed university’ status.
It was in 1959 that the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone for the building, that has now transformed into a full-fledged college with eleven departments offering courses in classical vocal and traditional musical instruments. About 400 students are taking full-time course, while another 400 are under the part-time stream.
The first announcement on according the ‘deemed’ status was made when Governor N.D. Tiwari visited the college in September 2007. However, things did not appear to come its way as the conversion of the cumbersome processes followed in the non-traditional college to UGC standards was found to be a daunting task. The State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) looked dissatisfied with the information provided on the status of the cadre of the teaching staff, their scales, departments etc. and sought more details to ease the process. The academic standards being followed and the curriculum in vogue are some areas that the college has to focus on to get the status.
Inertia enveloped the process after the TTD Trust Board enthusiastically passed a resolution to get ‘deemed varsity’ status to the college. The Board made no further reference to the deposit of Rs.5 crore required as corpus fund to get the status. The two dozen academics in the college, who are AIR-graded artistes, look only to the TTD to provide them a chance to sing in public fora and seldom go on the lookout for one.
Meanwhile, as part of the renovation work taken ahead of the golden jubilee fete, a statue of Lord Venkateswara was consecrated at the campus on Wednesday.
Statues of ‘Vaggeyakaras’ like Annamacharya, Purandaradasa, Bhadrachala Ramadasa, Shyama Sastri, Thyagaraja and Muthuswamy Dikshitar are being readied for installation facing the Lord’s deity, as if singing in His glory. The creaky rusted gate has been replaced by a welcome arch.
However, it appears the college has to go a long way to get the coveted “Deemed university” status.