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Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh
Address:Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Bhavan
Anantapur (District Anantapur)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 515003


Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur Andhra Pradesh is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University. Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1981.


Sri Krishnadevaraya University is situated in Anantapur of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Anantapur comes under Anantapur Tehsil, Anantapur District.

Fax # of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur Andhra Pradesh is +91-8544-255244, 255805 (Office), +91-8544-255295 (Resi.).

email ID(s) is Sri Krishnadevaraya University Anantapur Andhra Pradesh

Website of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur Andhra Pradesh is www.skuniversity.org.

Vice Chancellor : Prof P Kusuma Kumari, Telephone: +91-8554-255231, Fax: +91-8554-255244, Resid: Ph: 255801.

Registrar : Prof GH Philip, Telephone: +91-8554-255700, Fax: +91-8554-255805.


Contact Details of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-8554-255700, 255704, 255231, 255804, 255367



Courses

L.L.B and L.L.M. (Constitutional Law, Criminal Law)
Department of Law (Campus College)

Profile of Sri Krishnadevaraya University

University of Department
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Profile

Sri Krishnadevaraya University had its beginning as the Post Graduate centre of Sri Venkateswara University in the year 1968. It has gained autonomy in the year 1976. Fulfilling the desires of the people of the region, the Autonomous Post Graduate centre was given the status of the University in the Year 1981. Initially, Sri Krishndevaraya University functioned as a unitary residential University. It was conferred the status of an affiliating University in the year 1987. Presently, it is catering to the higher educational needs of the revenue districts of Anantapur and Kurnool. The Post Graduate centre at Kurnool was brought under the jurisdiction of the University in the year 1993.

Post-Graduate courses and research programmes are presently offered by the University at the University College, Anantapur, and at the Post Graduate centre, Kurnool. The University College offers 38 post graduate courses through 28 departments. 11 post graduate courses are being conducted at the P.G. centre, Kurnool through 8 departments.

Sri Krishnadevaraya University is contributing to the cause of higher education through 112 affiliated degree colleges of which 7 are meant exclusively for women. The other colleges affiliated to the University include 26 Colleges of Education, 2 Oriental Colleges, 2 Law Colleges and one Engineering College. 20 affiliated colleges under the University are also offering post graduate courses in various disciplines.

Sri Krishnadevaraya University has facilities for undertaking study and research through well established library and laboratories. The students, besides the opportunities for academic advancement, are provided with facilities such as outdoor stadium, playgrounds, gymnasium, E-Class Room, INFLIBNET, Internet, and computer networks for their overall personality development. The infrastructure of the University also includes Bhuvana Vijayam Auditorium, Janmabhoomi Canteen, Sabari Guest House, Health centre, Adhyapak Bhavan, NSS Building and several buildings for teaching departments and residential quarters.

In a short span of two decades of its existence, Sri Krishnadevaraya University gained recognition as a centre of academic excellence, as it is accorded a four star status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

UGC Observations

UGC X Plan Visiting Committee’s Observations : The Tenth Plan Visiting Committee’s recommendations were highly positive in regard to the University’s functioning. The UGC allocated Rs. 350 lakhs for funding departmental and central facilities at the campuses at Anantapur and Kurnool. In addition, in its academic recommendations, the Visiting Committee expressed the view that the University is playing a vital role in the study and analysis of the drought situation. It has observed that this advanced research on drought needs further strengthening since some of the departments are actively engaged in working on alternative strategies to mitigate drought. This inter-departmental approach adopted by the University, the UGC said, is holistic and combines theory and practice and thus this facility is to be strengthened and needs to be recognized as development radar.

NAAC Observations


The Peer Team of the NAAC made the following observations in its Assessment Report after accrediting the University at four star level “The Peer Team, after going through the Self-Study Report and after its visit to various academic and physical facilities and interactions, is impressed by the remarkable progress of Sri Krishnadevaraya University in transacting its vision and goals of advancement of the frontiers of knowledge in the field of higher education. The University has earned a high reputation for imparting quality education to the younger generation in this backward region.Sri Krishnadevaraya University has been lucky to have successive scholarly dynamic Vice-Chancellors for its unbridled advancement since its inception. Teaching, learning and evaluation get their rightful emphasis in the University. One can also discern that the University has been able to inculcate a research culture among the faculty and most of the departments have been able to get extra-mural funding from outside sources. Infrastructural facilities are impressive on the campus. Organization and financial management are efficient and transparent”.

Former Vice-Chancellors

Galaxy of Former Vice-Chancellors

Prof. K. Venkata Reddy (1988-91)
Prof. M. Abel (1981-87)
Prof. M.J. Kesava Murthy (1991-94)
Prof. P.R. Naidu (1995-98)
Prof. Y. Saraswathi Rao (1999-2002)
Prof. Md. Iqbal Ahmed (2002-05)
Prof. Rama Rao Athota (2005 - 08)

Successive Principals



Prof K. Mahadeva Sastry April 1976 to July 976
Prof. S.V. Subramanyam July 1976 to June 1977
Prof. V.S. Sethuraman June 1977 to June 1978
Prof. Md. Ghouse June 1978 to June 1979
Prof. S. Brahmaji Rao June 1979 to June 1980
Prof. R. Seetharamaswamy June 1980 to June 1981
Prof. D.P. Sharma June 1981 to July 1982
Prof. V.T. Naidu Jan 1983 to Nov 1983
Prof. S. Subbaramaiah Nov 1983 to Nov 1984
Prof. T. Koteswara Rao Nov 1984 to Nov 1985
Prof. C. Subba Rao Nov 1985 to Nov 1986
Prof. K. Enoch Nov 1986 to Oct 1987
Prof. Md. Basha Mohideen Oct 1987 to Sept 1988
Prof. D.V. Krishna Oct 1988 to Sept 1989
Prof. V. Rama Murthy Oct 1989 to Sept 1991
Prof. M.L. Kantha Rao Oct 1991 to Sept 1993
Prof. C.G. Prakasa Rao Oct 1993 to April 1995
Prof. T.V. Ramakrishna Rao May 1995 to Aug 1997
Prof. K. Venkata Reddy Sept 1997 to July 1999
Prof. C. Venkata Reddy Aug 1999 to Mar 2002
Prof. N. Manohara Murthy April 2002 to Mar 2004
Prof. G. Lakshmaiah Naidu April 2004 to May 2005
Prof C.R. Reddy June 2005 to ….




Profile of Vice Chancellor


Prof. P. Kusuma Kumari M. A., Ph.D. assumed charge as Vice Chancellor of Sri Krishshnadevaraya University on 25-08-2008. Prof. P.Kusuma Kumari has put in an illustrious academic career spanning for over 35 years ever since she joined service in 1973 as Lecturer in Telugu at Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur. She moved on to Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Tirupati in the year 1984, where she became Professor of Telugu in the year 1992. Her educational qualifications range from B.Sc., M.A., B.Ed., Post graduate diplomas in Linguistics and Translation and Rashtra Basha Visharada in Hindi to Ph.D. in Telugu from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.

She has put in an extensive academic administrative experience as Head & Chairperson, Board of Studies in the Department of Telugu for 12 years. She has held almost all the University responsibilities in the capacity of Chief warden, Dy. Warden, Principal, Dean, NSS Coordinator, Student Union advisor, cultural coordinator, Chief Superintendent for Exams, Secretary & Coordinator for the pre-examination coaching center for SC, ST & BC students, Director Centre for Women’s studies, Coordinator for Simple Sanskrit Speaking Center, Registrar-in-charge, Director Distance Education Centre, Executive Council Member etc.

She has guided 18 students for the Ph.D. and 4 for M.Phil apart from handling 3 research projects. She has attended 6 International seminars, 108 national seminars, delivered 7 endowment lectures, organized 9 Seminars and received extensive professional training. She has authored 7 books, published 45 articles in journals, Delivered 20 talks on All India Radio. She has visited countries like USA, China, America, Egypt, Bangkok, Malaysia and Singapore. She is associated with a number of academic bodies and Universities.

Prof.P.Kusuma Kumari has significantly contributed for Telugu Language Development and Modernisation. She has several distinctions and awards to her credit some of them being the Best Teacher award from the Govt. of A.P. during 1992, Woman of the year award by the American Biographical Institute in 1999, Kavithraya award from T.Rami Reddy Jayanthi Sangam, Nellore in 2001.

Profile of Registrar

Prof. G.H. Philip

Prof. G.H. Philip has taken over charge as Registrar of University on 2nd August, 2008. He was born in a family of academicians and had most of his education in Tirupathi. After obtaining M.Sc., and Ph.D., in Zoology from S.V.University, Tirupathi, he joined as Lecturer in Zoology at S.K.University in 1985. A distinguished scientist, Dr. Philip carried out Post-doctoral research at USA and UK with prestigious fellowships from The Rockefeller Foundation, New York and Royal Society, UK - INSA. He has completed five major research projects funded by UGC, DST and The Wellcome Trust, UK, which is a collaborative project with University of Exeter, UK and published thirty five research articles in various National and International Journals. Prof. Philip earlier served as Dean, UGC affairs; Dean, College Development Council and was member of various committees at state and National level. In 2006 he bagged the AP State Best Teacher award. Dr. Philip s rich experience and his administrative skills will definitely shape the university in developmental activities and taking the University to higher points. .

Library

The Central library of the University is provided with a rich and varied collection of 114000 books, 190 periodicals and 118 magazines and other holdings enriched primarily on account of the generous support extended by the UGC. The open access facility can be availed by the students from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm on all working days and between 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on all holidays. During X plan, the allocation for books has increased from Rs.28 lakhs in IX plan to Rs.42.5 lakhs of which Rs.10 lakhs is earmarked for the library at the PG centre, Kurnool. The library extends photocopying facilities for the benefit of the users. The library consists of a separate section for helping the students to prepare for the competitive examinations at various levels. The library has back volumes on the stacks numbering 13,600. There are further one SC/ST Book Bank and a Competitive Examinations Cell in the library for helping the students to prepare for competitive examinations at various levels. INFLIBNET facility, offering a wide range of services, is also available in the university library. Along with software for University Libraries (SOUL)

Every student is provided with a set of three Cards for borrowingbooks. The books borrowed should be returned within 15 days failing which a fine is imposed. INFLIBNET facility, offering a wide range of services, is also available in the university library. Sri krishnadevaraya University has provided appropriate facilities for promoting academic, intellectual, physical, cultural and overall personality development of the students. The salient features of some of the services provided to the students of the university are given here under

Sports

The University College provides facilities for a wide range of sports and games. It has a modern gymnasium which is equipped with the latest gymnastic and fitness gadgets like the multigym. The Gym provides facilities for indoor games like shuttle badminton, table-tennis, chess, carroms, besides Weightlifting and malkhamb. The renovated University stadium provides facilities for cricket, foot ball, and athletics. There are also courts for ball badminton, basket ball, volley ball, tennis, etc.

The University hosts All India and South zone Inter-University games competitions regularly. Intramurals are conducted annually. In addition, intercollegiate sports and games are conducted quite frequently in the campus. Coaching camps in different disciplines are held periodically in an atmosphere congenial to the development of skills in different sports and games.

Health Centre

Sri Krishnadevaraya University Health Centre

The Health centre caters to the needs of students, staff, non-teaching staff, visiting faculty of the University and to a limited extend to the needs of the surrounding cluster of villages. The Health centre as yet does not have in-patient therapy units. An expansion of the physical infrastructure of the Health centre is under way and when the work is completed, limited in-patient services will also be offered. There are three Medical Officers manning the Health centre.

Facilities available:
1. Out-patient clinic & free drug dispensary (with an annual budget of 4.2 lakhs) to students, Research Scholars, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff and their families, Hostel staff and their families, campus residents and hostel inmates, delegates of seminars, Spot valuation staff, Summer course students, N.S.S. Programme volunteers, participants of sports meets, Cultural meets, Youth festivals, Competitive exams goings, guests of students and staff, Building construction workers, and canteen workers and helpless people.
2. Pregnency identification and confirmation and antenatal checkups.
3. Deliveries - Episiotancy and forceps application
4. Safe abortion - MTPs
5. Post natal checkups
6. Family planning services
7. Immunization and neonatal checkups
8. X ray and E.C.G. facilities
9. Casualty with 2 beds for keeping the patients for observation and I.V. infusion and Blood transfusion
10. Ambulance

NOTE: The Health centre actively participates in blood donation capms, diabetes detection camps, pulse polio programmes and other health awareness promotion activities. It has also taken part in the various rounds of Janmabhoomi.



Cultural Activities

The Annual Youth Festivals are conducted by the University to promote and foster friendship and fraternity among the student community and help in preservation of our rich cultural Heritage. The students are encouraged to participate in cultural programmes during the College, University and Inter-University Youth festivals. These festivals involve competitions in 23 cultural segments including Music, Dance, Theatre, Fine Arts, etc. The winners at the University youth festival will be given an opportunity to participate in the South Zone and National Inter-University Youth festivals.

Other facilities

The University provides several other services and facilities to the students and staff.

Computer centre:
The Computer centre was started as an independent unit in the University in 1987. Initially it started to function as a resource and services centre and subsequently contributed to the spread of computer education in the University both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The centre organizes regular training programmes for the faculty and the non-teaching staff to promote their computer knowledge.

E-Class Room:
The University College has a Unique facility of a virtual Class Room in E-Class Room situated in the NSB-IV Building with a capacity of 100 students. The A.C. Hall has the latest facilities like LCD Projector, 29” T.V. to view the Mana T.V. Programmes telecast through KU Band by the Society for A.P. Network. Principal’s Office would circulate the schedule of the regular programmes to be telecast every month in the field of Humanities, Science & Technology, Management, Social Science etc.

The University Local Area Networrk:
The University Local Area Network was set up in the Sri Krishnadevaraya University Campus, Anantapur in the year 2002 funded by UGC. This LAN facility is instituted with the object of connecting all the university departments (Academic & Administrative) with OFC and organizes all the communication of the activities through electronic document. Apart from it the Internet facility is provided with BSNL Leased lines of 2* 64 kbps to meet the Academic and Research interests of all the staff and students. The internet access is free and unlimited to all the students and staff of the college.

Physical Education Facilites:
The university has facilities for the students to play and practice different sports and games. All the students are eligible to participate in the competitions during the Annul Sports Day celebrations. Inter-collegiate tournaments are conducted annually in athletics, basketball, ball-badminton,shuttle-badminton, khokho and volleyball for men and women. Men are also be eligible to participate in cricket, hockey, football, kabaddi and chess.
Students with a distinct merit are selected to represent the University in the Inter-University tournaments. Basing upon the performance of the players in the inter-collegiate tournaments, a selection committee consisting of five members will select the members of the University team.
The University campus has a Gymnasium for promoting fitness among the men students. The Gymnasium, equipped with modern facilities, can be used by the students between 6:00am - 8:00am and 5:00pm-6:00pm on all working days.

Sri Krihnadevaraya Institure of Academic Development (SKIAD):
Sri Krishnadevaraya Institute of Academic Development (SKIAD) was set up in the year 1977. SKIAD caters to the academic needs of the students of the weaker sections. In addition to the facilities offered by the SC/ ST Cell, the SKIAD organizes a series of a coaching programmes for state-level and national-level examinations and supplies resource material to those enrolled free of cost. It has a hostel and a library attached to it.

UGC Sponsored Free Coaching Schemes for SC, ST & Minority Students:
Every student is provided with a set of three Cards for borrowingbooks. The books borrowed should be returned within 15 days failing which a fine is imposed. INFLIBNET facility, offering a wide range of services, is also available in the university library. Sri krishnadevaraya University has provided appropriate facilities for promoting academic, intellectual, physical, cultural and overall personality development of the students. The salient features of some of the services provided to the students of the university are given here under:

Under the scheme the UGC has provided Rs. 42.00 lakhs for the organization of coaching classes for the SCs and STs and the Minorities for the National Eligibility Test (NET/SLET) and Civil
Services Examinations.

Placement and Career Guidence Cell
Every student is provided with a set of three Cards for borrowingbooks. The books borrowed should be returned within 15 days failing which a fine is imposed. INFLIBNET facility, offering a wide range of services, is also available in the university library. Sri krishnadevaraya University has provided appropriate facilities for promoting academic, intellectual, physical, cultural and overall personality development of the students. The salient features of some of the services provided to the students of the university are given here under:

A Placement and Career Guidance Cell of the University collects and disseminates information relating to career opportunities available to the students of different faculties. In the recent years a spur has been given to campus selection drive by various industries, thanks to greater coordination being built up between the Departments and the Industry. The Departments of Electronics, Chemistry, and Instrumentation have taken the lead in this and quite a few final semester students have been selected in campus recruitment.

University Science Instrumentation centre:
The University Science Instrumentation centre (USIC) serves as a central facility for the repairs, servicing and maintenance of sophisticated instruments. It has highly skilled manpower and infrastructure in the areas of electrical & electronics, mechanical workshop, glass blowing etc. It also organizes the training programmes / work shops for the degree college teachers and helps the colleges in the development of low cost experimental kits.

Banking & ATM
The University has facilites fully Computarised Andhra banks &ATM .
The banking needs of the staff and students are met by the branches of the Andhra Bank.

Canteen/Cafe:
Janmabhumi Canteen at convenient locations in the campus cater to
the tastes of the inmates and visitors alike.
The Staff Quarters provide adequate residential accommodation to the
staff on the campus.

Besides the regular post office, the campus has a modern telecom
centre that provides telephone, fax, e-mail and telegraphic services.

Campus School:
There are other important facilities on the campus like a Campus School with an intake of 400 catering to the need of the surrounding cluster of villages, a Kendriya Vidyalaya with a two crore capital investment on the campus. There is further a wing of the Archaeology Department along with a museum attached to the History Department to explore work relating to the Vijayanagara Empire. The activities of the Consumer Forum managed by the Commerce Department take care of consumer education and promote consumer awareness.

Projects

Major Research Projects & Research Areas : The University has established a very strong base for Research and Development in basic and applied sciences, humanities and social sciences. A good number of teachers have received research grants from leading National and International funding agencies for their projects in Applied Sciences. There are interdisciplinary collaborative projects in physical sciences and application oriented projects in life sciences. It is envisaged that this research base with the R & D Organizations would form a basis for promotion of Research and Development and partnership with industries. Research Projects worth Rs.4.25 crores are currently in execution funded by UGC, CSIR, DBT, ISRO, ICAR, ICSSR, DRDO, DST, APNLBT etc. The Department of Botany has been sanctioned major project by the A.P. Netherlands Biotechnology programme of the value of Rs.48 lakhs for conducting research on drought studies in groundnut, which is one of the widely cultivated dry land crops of the region.

This shows the visibility the University has acquired and the purposive directions of its research. The research has also struck a balance between regional and national priorities. Apart from pursuing traditional foundation courses, Science subjects have focused on the discovery and preservation of the bio-diversity of the region, wind velocity studies, studies on atmospheric pollutants under substantial grant from an ISRO-funded project, and such issues which have relevance to the community and have an important bearing on the socio-economic development of the region. The Social Sciences disciplines too have given a regional rural orientation to their fieldwork, extension, research and evaluation activities. The Department of Rural Development and Social Work, has taken up work on community development, rural poverty alleviation, debt redemption, rural health, consumer protection, watershed management etc. Automatic Weather Station, an ISRO Sponsored facility to the Department of Physics will automatically take the observations from all meteorological sensors at equal intervals and store the data. It serves as a Regional Resource centre to study the weather phenomenon for mapping out strategies to tackle the perpetual draught situation in the region. Sri Krishnadevaraya University Herbarium is internationally recognized and indexed by New York Botanical Garden. It is one of the 52 herbaria in India officially recognized. There are more than 30,000 specimen covering more than 2000 species collected from all over A.P. and the Eastern Ghats. It is given official acronym ‘SKU’. Scientists of Biology Departments are pursuing DNA finger printing of these plant species.

FIST/Special Assistance Programmes : The Departments of Botany, Biochemistry, Polymer Science and Instrumentation have been admitted under the FIST programme (Fund for the Improvement of Science & Technology) of the DST. The Department of Botany acquired a Green House facility supported by DST under FIST programme. It facilitates the growth and development of medicinally and commercially important experimental plants and provides controlled conditions for the experimental research in the field of plant science including the development of transgenic plants. These are trend indicative of the fact that a reinforcement of quality culture, appropriately contextualized, has been on the agenda of the institution. Under the A.P. Netherlands Biotechnology programme, the Dept. of Biotechnology has offered departmental support to the tune of Rs. 1.56 crores for infrastructure development, conduct of refresher Courses and faculty enrichment. The Department of Economics has been admitted to aid by the UGC under the SAP-DRS Scheme.

National Seminars / Conferences : The University has hosted a number of National Seminars / Conferences / Refresher Courses / Training Programmes / Expos / Workshops and during the Silver Jubilee year many more are in the offing.

Projects Collaborations

Major Research Projects/Collaborations/Distinctions

In addition to research in the above mentioned areas, the faculty are engaged in the pursuit of major and minor research projects worth Rs. 4.50 crores. One of the major projects sanctioned by ISRO is related to Studies on Air-Space Pollution. It is an inter-departmental project. The Department of Mathematics has entered into a memorandum of Agreement with Lukov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute, Minsk, Belarus, for joint research, mutual collaboration on professional development programmes for the period from 2000 to 2005.The Department has linkages with the Industry in two major projects entitled, "Enhanced Oil Recovery in Petroleum Industry" and " Air-Space Pollutants and Environment". In the department of Social Sciences research is actively linked up with outreach activities, which enable the social scientist to acquire knowledge of grass-roots realities in rural development. The department of Physics is engaged in designing equipment and inter-facing measuring instruments with micro- processors. The Herbarium of the Department of Botany is an internationally recognized one. It is one of the 52 herbaria in India which is given the acronym S.K.U. It has a collection of more than 25,000 specimen. The Biochemistry Department has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Wellcome Trust, UK for promoting bilateral academic research. The collaboration involves exchange visits from both sides to enhance the quality of research and infrastructure acquisition by the department of Biochemistry. Under the programme, FIST (Fund for Improving Science and Technology infrastructure), the departments of Biochemistry and Botany have been sanctioned Rs. 47 lakhs and Rs. 32 lakhs respectively for infrastructure development by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The University held a number of national and international conferences and seminars in the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, English, History, Economics and so on. There is also an Art and Archaeology Museum sanctioned by the University Grants Commission and attached to the Department of History.

MoUs on hand : A.P. Netherlands Biotechnology Project, Welcome Trust – UK – Biochemistry & Zoology, M.S. Swaminathan Research Project – Botany, National Research Council, USA – Microbiology, DNA Finger Printing & Diagnosis centre–Botany, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering University-Botany, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research – Botany, ELICO Private Limited, Hyderabad –Instrumentation, POLMON Instruments Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad –Instrumentation.

Vision And Mission

Vision :
Having acquired national and international expertise in the fields of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, Management, and Law, the University is ambitious of becoming a centre of excellence in engineering education as well. It seeks to effectively cater to the needs of the people of the region by an appropriate blend of science and technology. It seeks to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and employment generation in the region.

Mission :
The University envisages its growth in terms of promoting equity and access, relevance, quality, and accountability to redeem the irredeemable backwardness of the region through a massive educational uplift and contribution to a knowledge society, which alone offer the key to social change and economic emancipation.

Politics over dismissal

Politics over dismissal Is the post of vice chancellor of a university apolitical? This and other questions are being debated in the state after the removal of vice chancellor of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Dr. P. Kusuma Kumari, by the chancellor and Andhra Pradesh governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.

Based on the report submitted to the government by Justice A. Hanumanthu, the governor dismissed the VC for willful omission and refusal to carry out provisions of the AP Universities Act. The nine-point report by Hanumanthu commission confirmed the charges of various irregularities committed by the VC while appointing assistant professors without required qualifications during the 2009-10 academic year.

Disgruntled Kumari termed her dismissal a political vendetta. With the death of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), we (her group) have become political orphans in the state and turned out to be vulnerable for political vindictiveness, she wailed before the media.

Kumari of Sri Padmavathi Mahila University assumed office of SKU as a VC in August, 2008, using her political clout. She is the sister-in-law of former TTD chairman Bhumana Karunakar Reddy, a close aide of late YSR and now a staunch loyalist of Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy (Jagan)s camp.

Alleging partisanship in removal of Kumari, some MLAs in Jagan camp wittingly, or unwittingly confirmed that the VC was political protg of YSR.

YSR was notoriously known for his nepotism. Besides, during his rule he had set an example by appointing his aides in pivotal posts for years, without following the basic norms. The appointment of Kumari also drew flak at that time. CPI leader and former MLA K Ramakrishna told: Bhumana Subramanyam Reddy, VCs husband, was directly collecting money from candidates applying for the assistant professor posts.

The Hanumanthu commission revealed that the VC, besides appointing unqualified assistant professors, illegally regularised the services of eight assistant professors who were appointed temporarily on contract basis under X Plan, with retrospective effect from the date of their appointment with payment of arrears. Taking a serious exception on ousted VCs remarks on her dismissal, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah faulted her for politicising the issue. Higher Education Minister D. Sridhar Babu, condemned Kumaris statements.

As many as 23 vice chancellors were appointed during YSRs tenure but action was taken only against Kumari because she committed irregularities in recruitment, he said.

Professors eye SKU vice-chancellor post

Professors are seriously making efforts to clinch the prestigious vice-chancellors post of Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU) as this fell vacant when the Governor recalled incumbent, Prof P. Kusuma Kumari, who allegedly committed irregularities in recruiting 21 assistant professors.

According to sources, 28 professors have applied for the post of which five are from outside. In fact, nine professors of SKU are competing for the post as they have 10 years experience as per the UGC guidelines.

The Governor, Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan, who is insistent on leading academics and administrators for the VCs post, is reportedly reluctant to appoint local teachers as the VC because they will easily succumb to local pressures.

However, professors are demanding that the government appoint a local teacher as the new VC as this was never done in the past. It is learnt that the higher education officials are planning to appoint eminent AP professors working in other state universities.

The management department head, Prof. Ramakrishna Reddy, the former rector, Prof. Nageshwar Rao, the SKU college principal, Prof Jayaraj, the University Grants Commission (UGC) former dean, Prof. Chaudoji, the social sciences dean, Prof. Satyanarayana, the polymer science, Prof. Venkat Naidu, the law professor, Prof. Bhagavath Kumar, the microbiology professor, Prof. Ranga Swamy, and the registrar, Prof. Krishna Reddy are in the race.

According to sources, government will give a chance to outsiders, as they will not be involved in regional bias or politics in universities. The SKU in-charge vice-chancellor, Dr Arjula Ramachandra Reddy, is overburdened with the administration in Sri Yogi Vemana University too.

He reportedly asked the government several times to free him by appointing a regular VC. However, authorities said that the government would appoint a new VC by March-end.

1 held, fake certificate racket busted

Guntakal police busted a fake certificate racket by arresting the mastermind in Tirupati on Tuesday. According to police, I Town sub-inspector, Mr Krishnaiah, arrested P. Ramana when he was moving about suspiciously at the Guntakal railway station on Monday evening.

The police found four fake certificates of Sri Krishnadevaraya University with Ramana. He was running Srinivasa Educational Consultancy in K.T. Road in Tirupati. During interrogation, the police came to know that Ramana had bought these certificates from Glain Bricks alias Sunil Reddy in Tirupati. Acting on this tip off, a team led by deputy superintendent of police, Mr Prakash Rao, raided Bricks house and arrested him in Tirupati on Tuesday.

Mr Prakash Rao said that Glain Bricks was accused in 15 fake certificate cases, registered in Guntakal, Tirupati, Alipiri, Siddavatam and Bellary police stations. Earlier, the Guntakal first class magistrate had convicted Bricks and three others in a fake certificate case and imposed Rs 1,000 penalty in 2000. In 1997, CID officials initiated a probe against Glain and police caught him red-handed while he was peddling ganja in 2007.

Appointment of VCs to state varsities stayed

Justice L. Narasimha Reddy of the AP High Court on Friday stayed the appointments of vice-chancellors to all the universities in the state. The judge was dealing with a writ by Dr B. Sreekanth, assistant professor of Sri Krishnadevaraya University challenging the two notifications issued by the state government to appoint vice chancellors to the varsities. Mr M.V. Rajaram, counsel for the petitioner told the court that the government issued two notification in two stages for 22 universities in the state.

Referring to anomalies in appointing search committees for the appointment, the counsel contended that there was no transparency in selection of VCs as the principal secretary to Higher Education was one of the members in the committee and the official, used to hold additional charge as VC of various universities due to the existing vacancies. He said that the government has already appointed VCs to three universities and the search committees submitted their recommendations for five varsities and the remaining are in process. The judge while granting stay on the process posted the case after 4 weeks.

Recount of MLC votes ordered

Justice R. Kantha Rao of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday directed the Election Commission to conduct recounting of votes polled in the election of Member of Legislative Council, Mr A. Narasa Reddy, from Nizamabad Local Authority Constituency. While granting interim orders on an election petition by Mr R. Venkat Ram Reddy, the judge ruled that the Registrar (judicial) of the High Court shall recount all ballot papers in the presence of the parties and submit his report in a sealed cover in a month. The petitioner alleged said that three votes which were cast in his favour were declared as null and void by the returning officer on the ground that they are doubtful. He said that the final tally was 336 and 337.
The judge passed these interim orders after being satisfied that there was likelihood of election materially effected.

Stay on murder case on police

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Nisar Ahmad Kakru and Justice Vilas Afzulpurkar on Friday granted stay on the order of a single judge who had ordered that a a murder case be booked against the policemen who allegedly participated in an encounter of Adapa Venkanna, a notorious burglar of Vijayawada city. The bench was dealing with a writ appeal by the state government challenging single judges order. Mr N. Sridhar Reddy, special counsel for the government told the court that the single judge, relied on an order of a five-member bench that had ruled to book cases against the police officers who participated in encounter killings, in passing the order. He said that the order of the five-member bench was stayed by the apex court.

Plea on torture adjourned

Justice B. Seshasayana Reddy on Friday adjourned the plea of Yakub Reddy of Warangal to Monday to facilitate the police to respond to issues raised in the writ. Mr Yakub Reddy approached the court challenging his arrest by the police and torture for his alleged involvement in attack on a house of a minister. He sought compensation and action against the police personal concerned.

HC clears appointments of VCs to state varsities

On Thursday, the Andhra Pradesh High Court approved the appointment of Vice-Chancellors to various universities across the state.

Vacating the stay on the appointments, a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Ghulam Mohammed and Justice Nooty Ramamohana Rao also directed the government to fill the vacancies in the executive councils of the varsities.

The bench ruled that the process of appointments should be completed within two months. The court made it clear that all the appointments will be subject to the final outcome of the writ, which was filed by an assistant professor of the Sri Krishnadevaraya University.

The petitioner, Dr B. Sreekanth, challenged the process of the appointments of the VCs and also the constitution of the search committee headed by the principal secretary of Higher Education.

Mr M.V. Rajaram, counsel for the petitioner, contended that including the principal secretary in the search committee was illegal by virtue of lack of quorum. He argued that constituting the search committee to select VCs was contrary to Section 18(6) of the AP Universities Act and G.O.Ms.No.14, dated February 20, 2010.

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