Botany batch mates (1957-59) of Mrs. A.V.N. College get nostalgic at their alumni meet
VISAKHAPATNAM: Fond memories of adventurous botanical tours and lost practical records were reminisced by the B.Sc. (botany) batch (1957-59) of Mrs. A.V.N. College at the golden jubilee alumni meet on Wednesday.
Organised to felicitate former head of the Botany Department M.V.S. Kondala Rao and to celebrate 50 years of the department, the event was a nostalgic get-together of septuagenarians, many of whom were once working and some who are still working as teachers, doctors and scientists.
"We had some of the most memorable botanical tours with Prof. Kondala Rao," said P.H.V. Vasudeva Rao, one of the former students who organised the event.
A retired scientist from CSIR Laboratories, he reminisces their thrilling educational tour to Berhampur when, due to the heavy monsoons, the bridge over the Nagavali collapsed and the group had to extend their trip due to lack of transport options. "We stayed there for more than 15 days and then had to make the trip via Srikakulam," he said. On reaching Srikakulam, the group had to cross a waist-deep river trudging their heavy luggage to reach the closest bus depot. For K. Murlidhar, who retired as Chief Medical Officer from Hindustan Shipyard, the losing of his prized practical record days before the final-year examinations was something he would never forget.
Even though years passed by since their treasured days, they agree that one thing still remained the same - their favourite professor.
When asked if the importance of Botany had changed over the years, Prof. Kondala Rao said that diversification caught on in a big way today.
"The basic importance of botany as a science has lost out to the innumerable specialisations," said the octogenarian.
Head of the Botany Department J. Butchi Raju also participated in the celebrations.