Former principal of Andhra University College of Engineering Tummala Venugopala Rao, who was closely associated with Virasam, passed away at his residence here on Wednesday afternoon. He was 83.
Founder-member of the district human rights committee, Venugopala Rao enjoyed warm relationship with leftist intellectuals and literary circles. Venugopala Rao is survived by wife Krishnabai, who is founder-member of Virasam, and two daughters. He was suffering from Alzheimer's dementia for the last six years.
A native of Krishna district, Venugopala Rao studied B.Tech at Engineering College, Kakinada, M.Tech at IIT-Kharagpur and later at Arkansas, the U.S., after joining the engineering faculty in Andhra University.
He had served other engineering colleges after his tenure at the AUCE. He was founder-principal of Siddhartha Engineering College (Vijayawada) and Sir C.R.R. Engineering College (Eluru). He also worked as principal of Koneru Lakshmaiah Engineering College (Vijayawada) and director of an engineering college at Bapatla. A founder-member of the Vikasa Vidyavanam in Vijayawada, Venugopala Rao worked hard for its development.
His home was frequented by noted writers and poets and he had close relationship with Sri Sri, Kaloji, Raavi Sastry, Kalipatnam, C.V. Subba Rao, Velcheru Narayana Rao, Cherabandaraju, Varavara Rao, and KVR. His sons-in-law Attaluri Narasimha Rao and N.S. Prakasa Rao were also writers. Venugopala Rao was detained under the MISA during emergency.
Eyes, body donated
Venugopala Rao's family members informed that his eyes had been donated and his body would be handed over to the Andhra Medical College on Thursday morning.
He enjoyed close relationship with Sri Sri, Kaloji, Raavi Sastry, and Kalipatnam