EDUCATION PLUS

Anxious wait continues

G. NARASIMHA RAO

As the time is ticking off, those wishing to join Andhra University faculty and teachers of Andhra University campus colleges who are eligible for promotion as Associate Professors and Professors are eagerly waiting for the AU administration to issue notification for filling up of the more than 70 vacancies of teachers posts and the conduct of Career Advancement Scheme interviews.

Both sides are hoping that the AU administration sets the ball rolling at least this week as further delay would see the election code coming in the way of appointments and promotions. AU is yet to take a decision while some universities in the State have already issued notification regarding filling up of teachers’ vacancies.

AU administration is reportedly discussing the modalities like preparing the reservation roaster regarding the notification for teachers’ posts which have already been sanctioned by the State Government. It is left to the university to start the process.

Elections will effect campus

With elections scheduled to be held in less than three months, AU campus is expected to get into the election mood. There are always some aspirants from the campus and many who support the candidates and political parties they like. Thus AU campus is always an important place during an election.

This apart the work in the academic and administrative departments is expected to be disturbed as the teachers and employees are sent on election duty. This time around, the election duty is expected to hamper the work more as the campus was closed for nearly three weeks due to the unscheduled Christmas-Sankranti vacation. Till now the effect of this vacation has not worn off on students. It is doubtful if the examinations scheduled to be held during April will be held on time.

Another batch to leave for Sweden

Another batch of students, doing the dual degree MS programmes, in software engineering and signal processing and the MS (telecom systems) which was introduced this year are ready to leave for Sweden.

About 25 students of these programmes have completed their study part, first semester, at AU College of Engineering and will complete the remaining three semester at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BIT) in Sweden, as part of a collaborative programme between AU and the BIT. The BIT part of the course commences in February.

Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana advised the students to work hard and prove themselves at the international level. Advisor, International Students’ Affairs M. Jagannadha Rao said the students would have excellent chances of placement any where in the world, after completing their course.

Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy, Principal of AUCE P.S.N. Raju, HoD of Computer Sciences Prasada Babu and Coordinator Raja Rajeswari also congratulated the students.

National workshop

Department of Electrical Engineering organised a three-day workshop, sponsored by AICTE, on recent advances in control of power electronic drives. Rector B. Parvatheeswara Rao inaugurated the workshop.

Director (personnel) of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant spoke on the importance of power electronics and drives in the industry and at homes. Principal of AUCE P.S.N. Raju and convenor K. Vaisakh spoke and HoD K.S. Linga Murthy presided.

Farewell to retired employees

Employees of AU who retired on superannuation were given a warm farewell by their colleagues, teachers and university officials. Prof. Prasada Reddy was chief guest at the function organised in the Academic Staff College to bid farewell to Senior Assistant Darla Gunna Raju. Director of the Staff College K. Ravi and others felicitated Mr. Gunna Raju.

The AU Employees Union organised a function to felicitate Superintendents S.L. Narayana (Engineer’s Office) and K. Ramaiah (Science College Hostel), Mr. Gunna Raju, Junior Assistant Ch. Appa Rao (AU campus, Kakinada) and server/office boy Shaik Madina (AUCE Principal’s Office), who retired on Saturday.

Prof. Satyanarayana and Prof. Prasada Reddy honoured the employees. President D.V. Ramana presided. Secretary N. Siva Reddy, vice-president Ganta Gopalakrishna and others spoke.

BRTS is good

The Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) is a major project being implemented in the city to ensure better transport facility for the citizens. An international expert on urban transport engineering Bondada V.A. Murthy, who was in the city, supported the project and said BRTS was necessary in the age of globalisation.

Speaking on transport system in Indian cities, at a talk organised by the Gayatri Vidya Parishad Engineering College, said with urban population set raise by 41 per cent by 2021 and providing 73 per cent of revenue, better transport system was necessary. Only five per cent of Vizagites own vehicles and usage of cars was less. Thirty per cent of people need transport every day and this would double very soon.

Prof. P.S. Rao, Principal N.S.P.V.S.J. Gandhi, Prof. P. Somaraju, Dr. B. Swamy, Prof. P. Veerabhadra Rao and others were present.

NSS volunteers clean beach

A special camp for NSS volunteers is on at the AU campus and participants from Dr. L. Bullayya College took up a programme to clean the Ramakrishna beach on Saturday. Later they conducted a public awareness programme at the Gandhi statue in front of the GVMC office, Aseelmetta, RTC complex, LIC building and Dr. Ambedkar statue, explaining to the people the traffic rules and safety measures.

Interviews

At the interviews conducted at PRISM College, the Wipro Technologies selected 15 students out of the 400 attended the interview. Another 100 were asked to upload their resume for final selection.

Students passing out in 2009 with mathematics as one of their subjects at degree level and with 60 per cent in 10th, Inter and degree examinations can upload their resume to >www.careers.wipro.com/wase for consideration during the next selection to be held during first week of May.

At Chaitanya college Wipro conducted campus interviews for its BPO service at the Chaitanya Degree and PG College, Gajuwaka. As many as 125 final year B.Sc. and B.Com. students attended the interviews, Principal M.V. Ramana Rao informed.

Ph.D.s awarded

A guest faculty of the Department of Social Work Mande Harsha Preetham Dev Kumar received Ph.D. in social work for his thesis on urban intermediate public transport: a case study of auto rickshaw drivers in Greater Visakhapatnam. HoD of Social Work R.D. Sampath Kumar was his research guide.

D.N. Naveen Kumar was awarded Ph.D. in commerce and management studies for his thesis “a study of motivation and its impact on behaviour of employees in selected private sector enterprises in Visakhapatnam”. Dr. J. Ravi was his guide and Prof. B. Appa Rao joint guide.

A research scholar in the Department of Sanskrit Purandas Syamdas received Ph.D. for his thesis “relevance of the Bhagavadgita to the present times”. He was guided by Prof. K.V. Venkateswara Rao.



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