Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has taken everyone by surprise, including his own security personnel, when he made an unscheduled visit to Sri Venkateswara University here on Thursday afternoon.
As it was post-lunch time, the top-brass of the university -- the Vice-Chancellor, Rector and the Registrar -- were away at their homes when the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the University, drove into the campus shortly after his arrival at Tirupati for an official engagement in Sri Venkateswara Vedic University.
As the Governor’s stopped in front of the university’s administrative building, the middle-rung officials on duty were surprised to see him walking in, taking the lift and reaching the top-floor where the Vice-Chancellor’s chamber is located.
As the V-C was away, the officials on duty received the Governor and led him into the chamber before alerting Vice-Chancellor W. Rajendra over phone about the Governor waiting for him in his chamber.
The V-C and Registrar Sathyavelu Reddy, who had only minutes before received the Governor at the airport, rushed back to the university and were closeted with him for an informal discussion on a range of issues concerning the university.
Sources said that the V-C and the Registrar utilised the occasion, to apprise the Governor of budget crunch the university was facing which was hampering its academic and developmental activities.
Suggests deeper research on Vedas:
Meanwhile, Mr. Narasimhan, during a review meeting at the Sri Venkateswara Vedic University with its authorities, reportedly wanted the varsity to take up extensive research on the different facets of Vedas, Sasthras, epics, etc., being a centre established for advanced studies in to all aspects of ancient scriptures and literature. The Governor was briefed by the university’s Registrar, A. Vijayakumar, about the on-going academic activities and the projects in the pipeline.
Mr. Narasimhan offered a warm welcome to his West Bengal counterpart M.K. Narayanan as he arrived at the TTD’s Padmavathi Guest House here, where he (Mr. Narasimhan) was staying.
Later, both the Governors visited the temple of Goddess Padmavathi at Tiruchanoor where the priests and temple officials received them with traditional honours and took them into the sanctum sanctorum for a darshan of the deity.
To offer prayers today
Both the Governors are expected to offer prayers in the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara before their departure on Friday.
Narasimhan receives West Bengal Governor M. K.Narayanan at Padmavathi Guest House; the two Governors visit Tiruchanoor