Campus Jottings

Job FairThe Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Andhra University Assembly Hall was bursting at its seams and huge crowds gathered around the stalls put up by several major companies during the two-day Career Awareness and Recruitment Drive (CARD).AU gained the distinction of holding the first CARD programme in the State, to be held in other universities of the State in the next few months.The response can be described as tremendous as final year students, employed and unemployed graduates and post-graduates attended the programme. For a majority of them it is the first experience of facing an interview, and it turned out to be good for them. Many must have learnt a lot of things about competition in job market, facing an interview and other important aspects.Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy, who often lays stress on knowledge of English and communication skills and on the need for industry-academia link, must be a happy man as the CARD, not only being held for the first time in the State by AU but also for the huge response it received.This must be a good opportunity for the students since interviews were being held directly without written test, he pointed out.Hope the exercise bodes well for AU and Prof. Reddy's efforts at turning the campus into a quality institution. EC meetingThe meeting of the AU Executive Council, proposed to be held soon after Sankranti holidays, is likely to be held during the second week of February.This meeting is expected to take some important decisions. While a senior professor who has been sacked in the past is likely to be taken back, another sacked teacher may have to wait for his fate to be decided. It is learnt that his case has been referred to a committee. Two trade union leaders, who are on the verge of retirement, are expected to be reinstated.Recruitment of children of deceased non-teaching employees, pending for the last many years, is likely to get the nod of EC this time. There are many applications pending under this category.A favourable decision is likely to be taken since there is a lot of pressure from the employees and also the Heads of Departments to fill up the many posts of attenders lying vacant.Fixing pay-scales for teachers who have been promoted through the Career Advancement Scheme may figure in the EC agenda. A few more vacancies of posts like Deans may be filled up during the meeting. Teacher appraisal AU's plan to introduce teacher appraisal---students evaluating performance of their teachers---is likely to be put on the back- burner. There are some apprehensions that the exercise will lead to a lot of problems as several factors like caste, region, threats of allurements, etc., may play a major role in evaluating the teachers, thus completely defeating the very idea of the exercise. MoU with NGRIAU and the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) are likely to sign a memorandum of understanding. Talks are on and the the MoU etails will be revealed at an appropriate time, according to the V-C. Hotel management AU has received requests from a few hotel management institutions to grant affiliation, but the university will take a decision only after making a thorough study. If AU grants affiliation, there is a possibility of the students receiving proper training and have a quality syllabus. The university can also peg down the course fee which runs into lakhs of rupees in the case of the some hotel management institutions. Training programmeThe fifth training programme for the administrative staff of AU on "administrative skills and talents" was held last week. The programme was jointly organised by the Institute of Public Sector Management and the Department of Psychology. Prof. Reddy inaugurated the programme.These training programmes are part of the exercise to improve the functioning and image of the university and are being organised at the V-C's initiative.He wanted the individual efficiency to be improved to face the competition from private universities. The State-funded universities must re-organise their programmes and improve efficiency to arrest the trend of students opting for private management and engineering colleges to the State-funded universities due to the efficient manner in which the former are run. DCMS alumniThe Department of Commerce and Management Studies Alumni Association has requested all the old students (of full time, part time and diploma courses) and research scholars of the department and those who have completed their Ph.D. and M.Phil. to enroll as members of the association. They can contact its president D. Panduranga Rao, or secretary N. Sambasiva Rao, or any office-bearer for details. Lab inauguratedThe Indo-German Institute of Advanced Technology (IGIAT) here has equipped itself with two laboratories. German Ambassador A. Pfeil inaugurated the facility. He announced that Germany would extend more support to IGIAT. Work on its Rs.25 crore first phase will commence in February. Distance educationVinex Institute is offering MBA, MCA and M. Sc programmes in distance mode. The last date for admission into these courses is January 31. Details can be from the institute on phone no. 2703541.According to its director N. Srinivasa Rao, Vinex is an authorised study centre of Directorate of Distance Education, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi. Campus recruitmentA two-day campus recruitment was conducted at Avanthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Makavarapalem, by LCUBE Innovative Solutions (Chennai) and STREAM, a BPO from Mumbai, recently. About 350 students of final year engineering, and 20 neighbouring engineering colleges attended the selections. Seventy five candidates were selected for the final HR round to be held by LCUBE in Chennai during the first week of next month.The recruitment was hosted by Avanthi College in collaboration with St. Theresa Institute of Engineering and Technology, Garividi. Nearly 100 candidates qualified have qualified in the third round of interviews by STREAM of whom 38 were given offer letters with an annual salary of Rs.2 lakhs. Chairman of Avanthi college M. Srinivasa Rao, principal B. Satyam and coordinator C. Mohan Rao congratulated the successful students.G. NARASIMHA RAO

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