SPMVV gets audio-visual studio

New facility: TTD Chairman D.K. Adikesavulu inaugurating the audio-visual studio at SPMVV Tirupati. Vice-Chancellor G. Sarojamma and MLA M. Venkatramana are also seen. –

New facility: TTD Chairman D.K. Adikesavulu inaugurating the audio-visual studio at SPMVV Tirupati. Vice-Chancellor G. Sarojamma and MLA M. Venkatramana are also seen. –   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

SPMVV opened ‘SRUJANA’, an audio-visual studio in its Department of Communication and Journalism last Wednesday. The lab, established with a grant of Rs.25 lakh provided by UGC, has a complete audio recording, editing and video editing unit, including the latest audio editing software Apple Mac protocols and AVID editing software.

Inaugurating the facility, TTD chairman D.K. Adikesavulu opined that the expansion of the profession of journalism required expertise in manpower and quality infrastructure to achieve excellence. Vice-Chancellor G. Sarojamma requested the TTD chairman to grant Rs.1 crore for construction of a block for engineering college, for which the latter responded positively. MLA M. Venkatramana also spoke, while UGC-SAP coordinator M.V.Ramanamma welcomed the gathering.

Health camp

As part of its series of activities for the benefit of the downtrodden sections, SPMVV’s Centre for Ambedkar Studies conducted a blood grouping and HB camp in Mittapalli Yanadi colony.

Blood grouping and haemoglobin percentage were tested for over 100 members.

The camp was conducted as part of the varsity’s NSS activity. G. Savithri, coordinator of the centre, N.Vijayakumari, programme officer of NSS Unit – III, volunteers and field assistants participated. Similarly, the centre organized a workshop on ‘Legal literacy to dalit women’ at Buchinaidu Kandriga in Chittoor district in association with Centre for Women’s Studies, to create awareness on the Government schemes being implemented for the welfare of the weaker sections.

Satyavedu MLA K.Narayanaswamy inaugurated the workshop and opined that such programmes would instil confidence among SC/ST women.


Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, has sanctioned a research project titled “Design and development of queuing analyzer for stochastic flow control system and its applications to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam queue complex to P.Rajasekhara Reddy, a professor of Statistics at SV University. An amount of Rs.23.54 lakh has been sanctioned for the three-year project.

Prof. Reddy was instrumental in getting the Tirupati chapter of Operations Research Society of India (ORSI) inaugurated in the year 1999 by S.Sadagopan, director of IIIT, Bangalore. It was Prof.Sadagopan’s innovative ideas that brought into existence the ‘Sudarsanam’ system of tying bar-coded wrist bands to enable the devotees have a hassle-free darshan.

Funds sanctioned

Union Government’s Department of Science and Technology has sanctioned Rs.1.05 crore to Sri Venkateswara University’s Virology and Biochemistry departments recently towards infrastructure upgradation.

Virology department will get Rs.55 lakh towards departmental restructuring, equipment, computer lab and books, for which the departmental head D.V.R. Saigopal has been made the coordinator.

Similarly, Biochemistry head Ch. Appa Rao will take care of the funds to the tune of Rs.50 lakh sanctioned under ‘Fund for Improvement in Science and Technology’ (FIST) towards lab apparatus, books and journals, computer network etc. Vice-Chancellor N.Prabhakara Rao appreciated the departments for bagging funds under the project.

Alumni meet

There were nostalgic moments when the forty students belonging to 1974-78 batch of B.Sc. (Agri) converged at their alma mater Sri Venkateswara Agricultural College after a long gap of thirty years to cherish their sweet memories.

The old students, now in their late middle ages, gathered along with their family members and had no trouble recognizing their college mates.

Principal (Associate Dean) N.Ramavatharam presided over the meet, wherein a PowerPoint presentation was given to highlight the family and career details of the participants. According to N.P. Eswara Reddy, professor and head of Plant Pathology at SVAC, the teachers were felicitated and a quiz was conducted for the members, while the get-together concluded with a grand gala party organized at Grand World amusement park in the evening.

OSA calendar released

A table calendar brought out by SVU Old Students Association (OSA) was formally released last week by TTD Special Officer A.V. Dharma Reddy, who later presented copies of it to Vice-Chancellor N.Prabhakar Rao, Rector K.Ratnaiah, Registrar Y.Venkatrami Reddy, Collector M.Ravichandra and Municipal commissioner P.Mohan Reddy. OSA secretary P.Muniratnam Reddy narrated the association’s activities, while Vice-Chairman T.V.Krishna Reddy sought the help of old students in the development of their alma mater.

A. D. Rangarajan in Tirupati

Kakatiya varsity

The two-day seminar on ‘Recent Advances in Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Technology’ has brought into focus many thrust areas of research in microbiology said Prof. S. Ram Reddy the chairman of seminar.

The seminar was funded jointly by the DBT, DST, CSIR, UGC, APSCHE and APCOST and held at Kakatiya University.

According to him the research in Microbiology was making rapid studies in recent years and every biologist is focusing on micro organisms to find the answers for intriguing questions that could not be easily addressed through higher organisms like plants and animals.

Delivering the keynote address at the seminar, Prof. Athota Rama Rao, former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, said that the dynamic operation of biosphere is mainly dependant on micro organisms and without the microbial activity the entire planet earth would be like a dead body. He pointed out that not even one percent of microbial diversity was explored and there was an immense scope to utilize this diversity for the benefit of mankind.

Prof. L. Venkateshwar Rao, Head, Department of Microbiology, Osmania University, Dr. V. Laxmi, Head, Department of Microbiology, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. G. Prabhakar from Indian Immunologicals limited, Hyderabad, Dr. Naseeruddin from Bioserve India Private Limited, Prof. DVR Sai Gopal, Department of Virology, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and many other experts delivered thought provoking lectures and shared their experiences in research. The seminar concluded with the valedictory address delivered by Prof V. Gopal Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, Palamur University.

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

in Warangal

Mahatma Gandhi University

In an effort to foster competitive spirit, Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda, has sanctioned cash incentives to a total of 12 meritorious students of six PG courses at a function held in connection with Republic Day ceremony here on Jan 26.

The university has also drawn up an ambitious plan to introduce gold medals one each in all the existing 12 courses in the next academic year to promote the talent of academic excellence among its students. University Vice-Chancellor V. Gangadhar presented cheques of Rs. 5,000 each to 12 PG students for their performance in the first year of their PG programmes.

In a goodwill gesture, several students among them came forward to donate a portion of their cash incentive to the students-managed clubs of their respective departments. Some students turned emotional and pledged to part a portion of their cash incentive to their parents as a mark of sense of gratitude.

I will present the cash incentive to my father who is a spirit of inspiration for me, said Asia Tahseen, MFC final year student.

“I will purchase study material for the DSC-2008 and other upcoming competitive examinations with the money”, added G Rekha, M.Sc final year student.

“You have secured the incentive by virtue of your merit and you should utilize the same to climb the ladder of success in your academic and career pursuits”, suggested the vice-chancellor.

Speaking to The Hindu, Prof. Gangadhar said that cash incentives are introduced to instil competitive spirit among the students mainly for the benefit of the rural students. SBH Nalgonda main branch and the State financial corporation sanctioned Rs. 1 lakh each towards gold medals.

Several other organizations as well individuals came forward to institute department-wise gold medals from the next academic year, he said.

P. Sridhar in Nalgonda

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