Andhra Pradesh

Students’ show in SSC exams on the radar

The exam results reveal that students didn’t do well at centres where CCTV cameras were installed

The results of the SSC exams announced recently revealed that the performance of students was poor at centres where CCTV cameras were installed on court orders.

The Education Department had installed cameras at one centre in each of the ten districts on an experimental basis to put an end to malpractices. The worst apprehensions came true as the pass percentage in all but two centres was less than 50. Only 36 out of 239 candidates (15.06 per cent) passed at the centre at Tungaturthy in Nalgonda district. Though some educationists dismissed the poor performance of students on account of fear complex, the issue raised heated debate among teachers and their unions. It assumed significance in the background of an eight per cent increase in pass percentage of SSC students at the State level, compared to the last year.

A long stint comes to an end!

All good things must come to an end. The adage is apt for senior IAS officer Aditya Nath Das who earned a rare distinction of working in the Irrigation Department for nine years in Andhra Pradesh and has been shifted to education. In spite of his wish to move out, according to his colleagues, Mr. Das was made to continue in the Irrigation Department even after change of guard in AP for nearly two years.

The 1987-batch officer from Bihar was first picked for an irrigation assignment in April 2007 by the then Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. As one of the three Secretaries in the department, he played a key role in shaping several irrigation projects in all the three regions of the combined AP State. He was retained in the post by successive Chief Ministers K. Rosaiah, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and N. Chandrababu Naidu by virtue of his commitment, impeccable integrity and command over the subject, his colleagues vouch adding that every good thing has to end!

Wait gets longer

for IPS officer

The AP government’s proposal to grant three-month extension to Director General of Police J.V. Ramudu has left a few IPS officers who were in the race for the coveted post, high and dry.

Looks like IPS officer S.A. Huda, a 1975-batch officer, is the worst hit. In 2014, he missed the bus when Mr. Ramudu was promoted as DGP with a grant of two years extension. Now, Mr. Huda has one more year of service, but government wants to extend Mr. Ramudu’s term by three months.

It means his wait will become longer while other seniors like S.V. Ramana Murthy, Nanduri Sambasiva Rao and M. Malakondaiah keep their fingers crossed.

A workaholic Collector

The work of Krishna District Collector Babu A, in the ongoing construction of the new capital is marked by a sedulous attention to detail. By his own admission, he is “very passionate about Amaravati project. It’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and only a few bureaucrats get such a chance. We will give our life for it,” he said when asked how he felt being at the helm of the district affairs.

Not willing to waste any time, the bureaucrat is apparently a man in a hurry to transform the face of Amaravati, the emerging capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Equipped with a right tempo under a right leadership, the only factor that rankles this civil servant is the sporadic media reports highlighting opposition by a section of people to the government plans. “Why should development be opposed? We are toiling hard to create international facilities only to be decried by the media. This is not good,” he let out his anger while talking to a reporter.

– Reporting by N. Rahul, B. Chandrashekhar, Rajulapudi Srinivas & P. Sujatha Varma

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