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Proud Moment: Satyam Computers Chairman Ramalinga Raju receiving honorary doctorate from AU Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. At left is AU Registrar Vijay Prakash.
Proud Moment: Satyam Computers Chairman Ramalinga Raju receiving honorary doctorate from AU Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. At left is AU Registrar Vijay Prakash.

Staff Reporter

Honorary doctorates conferred on Raj Reddy, Ramalinga Raju, Rosaiah

VISAKHAPATNAM: The pressure of appearing for tests and memorising only the relevant portions to get a good score had deprived most of young minds of the opportunity to know the ancient wisdom and culture of India, said Dean, Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (US) Raj Reddy, on Saturday.

He was delivering the 73rd and 74th Convocation address of Andhra University at Dr. Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy Utsavarangam. Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy conferred the honorary degrees of doctor of science on Prof. Raj Reddy and Satyam Computers Chairman B. Ramalinga Raju and honorary degree of doctor of letters on Minister for Finance and Legislative Affairs K. Rosaiah.

Prof. Raj Reddy said: “Today, our students are expected to single-mindedly study only those things that will get them good marks in the exam and nothing else. That is a sad state of affairs” he observed.

Advances in ICT

Making a comparison on advances made during past five decades and the scenario that would emerge in future, he said in the past, every 10 years, the world had witnessed a 100-fold increase in computational power and 1,000-fold increase in areas like magnetic disk memory and optic fibre bandwidth.

Prof. Reddy, who was IT adviser to former US President Bill Clinton, said Information and Communication Technology (ICT) would usher in further changes and pointed out how lifestyle changed with the advent of Internet, world wide web, satellite communication, digital computers, nuclear power, DNA, decoding of human genome and landing in the moon during past 50 years.

He felt that advances in the next 50 years would be certainly as dramatic as it was in the past five decades. “Capabilities such as videophones, accident-avoiding cars, universal access to information and knowledge, entertainment, learning on demand and telemedicine”, would clearly come to pass.

ISO certification

Prof. Venugopal Reddy said AU had already obtained ISO 9001-2000 certification and was preparing for the first year-end surveillance audit this year.

He said Ministry of HRD had identified AU Autonomous College of Engineering as one of the top seven university engineering colleges for upgrading into Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology.


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