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Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
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Visakhapatnam (District Visakhapatnam)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 530003

Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1926.

Andhra University is situated in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Visakhapatnam comes under Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair) Tehsil, Visakhapatnam District.

Fax # of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is +91-891-2555547, 2755324.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh are +91-98667-76558.

Website of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is www.andhrauniversity.info.

Additional Information about Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is : AU College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
Runs follwing courses:
Pharmaceutical Technology
Pharmceutical Bio-Technology
Pharm Analysis & Quality Assurance
Pharmacognosy & Phyto Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Chemistry

AU College of Engineering, Andhra University, Waltair, Visakhapatnam.
runs follwing courses:
Chemical Engg. (A-18,B-2,C-5)
Mineral Process Engg. (A-13,C-5)
Industrial Pollution Control Engg.(B-13,C-5)
Computer Aided Chem. Engg. (B-13,C-5)
Bio-Technology (A-5,B-8,C-5)
Structural Engg. (A-8,B-5,C-5)
Environmental Engg. & Mgt.(A-8,B-5,C-5)
Hydraulics, Coastal & Harbor Engg.
Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg.
Structural Engg. & Natural Disaster
Power Sys. & Automation (A-10,B-3,C-5)
Control Systems (A-10,B-3,C-5)
Industrial Engg. (A-13,C-5)
Machine Design (A-8,B-5,C-5)
Heat Transfer in Energy system
Geo-Engineering (A-4,B-3,C-5)
Remote Sensing (A-10,B-3,C-5)
Marine Engg & Machaical Handling
Radar & Microwave Engg. (A-13,C-5)
Electronic Instrumentation(A-12,B-1,C-5)
Bio-Medical Engg. (B-13,C-5)
Industrial Process Instrumentation(B-13,C-5)
Industrial Matallurgy (B-20,C-5)
Comp. Science & Tech., (A-26,C-4)
CST with AI & Robotics (B-13,C-5)
CST with Computer Networks (B-13,C-5)
CST wth Bio-Informatics (B-13,C-5)
Information Tech., (A-13,C-5)
Nanotechnology (B-13,C-5)

Deptt. of Pharm.Sciences College of Engineering
Andhra University,  VISAKHAPATNAM - 530 003

Vice Chancellor : Prof B Satyanarayana, Telephone: +91-891-2844222.

Registrar : Prof P Prasad Reddy, Telephone: +91-891- 2844444, Prof P Vijayprakash.

Contact Details of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh are : Ph: 0891-2555547, 2844000, 2795272, 2709495

Department of Law, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College of Law 0891-2844777

Prof P Vijayprakash
(O) 0891 2844567, 2844444
(M): 98493 34310

Prof. M. N. Seetharamanath
Deptt. of Computer Science
(O): 0891-2755547

Prof. Vijay Prakash
Prof. Y. F. W. Prasada Rao,
Deptt. of Education

Nodal Officer nominated at the
University level
Prof P Hari Prakash, Dean (CDC),
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam,
E-mail: hppujari@gmail.com;
Mobile: 9848136624
(O): 0891-2844287


* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Engineering
* Faculty of Arts
* Faculty of Commerce
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Fine Arts
* Faculty of Oriental Learning
* Faculty of Yoga
* Faculty of Education
* Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
* Faculty of Chemical Engineering
* Faculty of Physical Education

Profile of Andhra University

Our Vision
To Create New Frontiers of Knowledge in Quest for Development of a Humane and Just society.

Our Mission
Leverage global knowledge networks to help India and International Community in developing human resources capable of leading creative developments by upholding intellectual traditions and human values.

Our Objectives
To impart globally focused education to all sections of the Society.
To Create world class Professionals
To establish synergic relationships with industry and society
To develop state of art infrastructure and well endowed faculty
To impart knowledge through team work and incessant efforts
To uphold Indian intellectual traditions and human values.

Andhra University is not just one of the oldest educational institutions in the country, but is also the first to be conceived as a residential and teaching-cum-affiliating University, mainly devoted to post-graduate teaching and research. The people of the State have an emotional attachment to the institution, since it came into being after a prolonged and collective struggle of the Telugu elite for a University in the educationally backward northern Circars and Ceded districts of the erstwhile Madras Presidency.

Andhra University was constituted by the Madras Act of 1926. The 82-year-old institution is fortunate to have Sir C.R. Reddy as its founder Vice-Chancellor, as the steps taken by this visionary proved to be fruitful in the long run. Former President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of its Vice-Chancellors who succeed Dr. C. R. Reddy in 1931. The University College of Arts was inaugurated on 1 st July, 1931. The inaugural courses were Telugu language and literature, History, Economics and Politics. A year later, the College of Science and Technology came into being with Honours courses in Physics and Chemistry. The University pioneered in introducing many new courses in Science, Arts, Management and Engineering in the country. The leaders of the university always believed that excellence in higher education is the best investment for the country and engaged the services of famous educationists such as Dr. T.R. Seshadri, Dr. S. Bhagavantham, Professor Hiren Mukherjee, Professor Humayan Kabir and Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao, to mention a few who set high standards for teaching and research. Nobel Lariat C V Raman was the proud alumnus of the University and closely associated in laying research foundations in Physics. Padmavibhushan Prof. C R Rao, the renowned statistician of the world, was also the proud alumnus of the University.

Keeping in pace with the global needs and challenges under the leadership and guidance of successive Vice-chancellors, the University is offering several new Courses of relevance and Contemporary significance. Ever since its inception in 1926 Andhra University has an impeccable record of catering to the educational needs and solving the sociological problems of the region. The University is relentless in its efforts in maintaining standards in teaching and research, ensuring proper character building and development among the students, encouraging community developmental programmes, nurturing leadership in young men and women and imbibing a sense of responsibility to become good citizens, while striving for excellence in all fronts. As a sequel to this, the University has always subjected itself for continuous self-evaluation for maintaining standards and to reach set targets. Further, to assure quality in Higher Education the University has gone through the process of assessment and accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in April 2002. The Peer Committee has analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the institution and has assessed the University with 'A' grade awarding it with the best percentage among the State Universities of Andhra Pradesh. The University designed and implemented Quality Management System successfully and became the first general University in the country to get ISO 9001: 2000 Certification in 2006.

The University Presently is Offering 313 Courses in Arts, Commerce, Management, Science & Technology, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy and Education. The University has five constituent colleges and four AU Campuses. The Colleges of Arts and Commerce is the biggest constituent college in the University with 26 Departments offering 42 courses including four Diploma Courses. The College of Science and Technology has 21 Departments, which offers 63 Courses including one PG Diploma. The College of Engineering has 15 Departments offering Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research Programmes. The College of Law has been identified as an advanced Center in Law by UGC. The college of Pharmaceutical Sciences is first of its kind in South India, which is offering one UG Programme and six PG Programmes, besides Research Programmes leading to Ph.D. Degree. The AU campus at Kakinada (East Godavari District) has five Departments and the AU Campus at Etcherla (Srikakulam Dist) has Eleven Departments. The AU Campus at Tadepalli Gudem has four departments and AU Campus at Vizianagaram has five Departments. The University is spread in a sprawling campus of 422 acres dotted with 121 buildings of Academic, Administrative and support services with a plinth area of about 20 lakhs sq.ft., and 324 staff quarters. Presently the University catering the Educational needs of five green districts of Andhra Pradesh namely Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Vizinagaram and Srikakulam. The University campus is having 23 hostels for men which can accommodate more than 3200 students and 10 hostels exclusively for women with a capacity of more than 2000 seats. Two Hostels are specially constructed for foreign students. The University has also two Residential Health Centres one at south campus and the other at north campus and a homoeo Dispensary. The University has four Guest Houses, Central Canteen and four canteens at various locations, Press and Publication division, Women Waiting Halls, Faculty Club and Schools for Employees Children.

The University is also having student services and welfare centres in the campus like post and Telegraph office, Banking facilities, University employment and Guidance bureau, training and placement centre and a sports complex including a Gymnasium Hall. The other infrastructural facilities available in the University include Academic Staff College, Computer Centre and Press & Publications division. The University is also having 25 Research centers/institution in the campus like Agro- Economic research Centre, Centre for Religious studies, Centre for Women s Studies, Delta studies Institute , Institute of public sector management, Institute for yoga and Consciousness and population Research Centre, OASTC, Bay of Bengal, etc. The University has started school of Distance Education in the campus in 1972. It offers Courses ranging from Certificate Courses to Post Graduate and Professional Courses. The School of Distance Education presently offering 4 UG Programs, 18 PG Programs, 5 Certification Courses, 9 PG Diploma Courses, 15 Professional Courses and 7 Collaborative Courses through Distance Education Mode. The School has 35 study centres across the State. The enrolment in UG, PG, and Professional Programmes in the School of Distance Education is about 80,000 students. The School has 23 permanent faculty. It is Equipped with the latest infrastructure.

The University has well experienced and export faculty known world wide for their research contributions. There are 354 Professors, 198 Associate. Professors and 115 Asst. Professors serving the University. Organization of International and National events is a regular feature of the University. There are more than 2500 support staff working in the University. The alumni of the University occupy important positions in government administration, Industry and research organizations with in and out side the country. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has appointed the professors of the University as chairman and vice-chairman of the APSCHE and presently ten Universities had Vice-chancellors from Andhra University. The University has recently organized the 95 th session of the Indian Science Congress, from 3 rd to 7 th January, 2008. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh has inaugurated the Congress and in his address he refered to the University as a Magnificient University and has all appreciation for the way the mega event was organized.

There are 636 affiliated colleges spread across five districts under the territorial jurisdiction of Andhra University. The enrolment in Affiliated Colleges is more than 1.5 Lakhs.

Andhra University was established in the year 1925 by the Madras Legislative Act, 1926. It was founded by Sir CR Reddy. Former President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of the Vice-Chancellors who succeeded Dr. Reddy in 1931. The inaugural courses were Telugu language and literature, History, Economics and Politics. In the course of time, the university added battery of courses to its kitty. Andhra University is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country devoted to post-graduate teaching and research. The educational jurisdiction of the University spreads across five districts of Andhra Pradesh namely Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Vizinagaram and Srikakulam. University of Andhra has been recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) and is also an active member of the Association of Indian universities (AIU). It has also been awarded with an ISO 9001-2000 Certificate.

Educational Streams
University of Andhra has pioneered in the field of education by introducing career-oriented courses as per the need of the society. The University offers a wide range of academic programs with a unique blend of the conventional and career oriented courses like Nuclear Physics, Instrumentation Engineering, Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Courses of contemporary relevance like Tourism Management, Journalism, Human Resource Management, International Business etc are also offered by the University. In order to protect and promote the traditional Indian culture, the university has patronized courses in Music, Fine arts, Acting and Play Direction. Andhra University School of Distance Education (AU SDE) promotes courses and programmes in distance learning.

Andhra Universityoffers severalhostels for student accommodation within the University campus. Other amenities include post and Telegraph office, Banking facilities, University employment and Guidance bureau, training and placement centre and a sports complex attached to a Gymnasium Hall. Teacher staff quarters and University Press room established in the University campus are added advantages.

About University
Andhra University was established in Andhra Pradesh in the year 1926. The University has more than 100 buildings in sylvan surrounding of Kailasa Hill. The Bay of Bengal is towards its front. At present the university is providing higher education mainly to students of 5 districts- Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. The University has 5 constituent colleges and 4 AU (Andhra University) campuses. The College of Arts and Commerce is the biggest constituent college in the University with 28 Departments offering 55 courses including 25 Diploma courses.

The University has 19 hostels for men with capacity of more than 3200 seats, and 4 hostels for women to accommodate more than 1100 candidates. Residential accommodation of 340 units of staff quarters is available in the University campus. The University is also having 2 Health Centres one at South Campus and the other at North Campus and a homoeo dispensary and three guesthouses, Faculty Club, Open Air Theatre and a Campus School for University Staff Children and indoor and outdoor Sports Facilities. The University is also having Student Services and Welfare Centers in the campus. The other infrastructural facilities available in the University include Academic Staff College, Computer Centre, Press & Publications Division Central Workshop and Photographic Division. The University is has 13 service centers/institutions in the campus like Agro-Economics Research Centre, Centre for Computer Aided Design, Centre for Technology Forecasting, Centre for Nuclear Techniques, Centre for Religious Studies, Centre for Systems Dynamics & Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Studies, Centre for SAARC Studies, Centre for Women's Studies, Delta Studies Institute, Institute of Public Sector Management, Institute of Transport Management, Institute for Yoga and Consciousness and Population Research Centre.

Presently, the Andhra University has 575 affiliated colleges to its credit. These colleges are spread across the 5 districts over which the university has jurisdiction. In 1972 the University started Distance Education program in the following streams -
B.A., B.Com., B.Sc. (MPC, MPCS and MSCS), M.A. English, Hindi, Telugu, Economics, History, Politics & Public Administration, Sociology, Philosophy and Mathematics, M.Com, M.Ed., B.Ed., and eight P.G. Diploma Courses through Distance Education Mode. The School of Distance Education has 37 study centers across the state and a study center at Sri Venkateswara College Delhi. The enrolment in UG and PG Programmes in the School of Distance Education is about 97,000 students.
The Andhra University has following central facilities-

* Library
* Academic Staff College
* Cyber Law
* Press and Publications
* Training & Placement
* Employment & Guidance Bureau
* Horticulture
* Health Services
* Faculty Club
* Sports

The Andhra University has campuses at Kakinada, Etcherela, Viziangaram, and Tadepalligudem.
* AU Campus, Kakinada
* AU Campus, Etcherela
* AU Campus, Viziangaram
* AU Campus, Tadepalligudem


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Top agricultural officer trapped

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths raided the premises of assistant director of agriculture Vippala Prasad on charges of amassing wealth which was not proportionate to his known sources of income.

On Friday, the sleuths raided his apartment in Maharanipeta, house in Narsipatnam and the premises of his relatives in the city, Jogampeta, Kottakota, Yelamanchili and Guntapalli in the district. Documents relating to assets worth Rs 1.5 crore were found in his possession and the market value of these assets could be around Rs 10 crore.

Prasad is a native of Jogampeta under Golugonda mandal of the district and joined the department as agriculture officer and rose to the level of assistant director.

He is presently posted in Yelamanchili.

The deputy superintendent of police, ACB, Mr A. Ramakrishna Prasad, told reporters that Prasad owned 14 house plots and 20 acres of agriculture land in Narsipatnam and Yelamanchili.

His son, a student of Andhra University owned a cashew factory worth Rs 75 lakh.

Goods worth Rs 70 lakh were recovered in another closed factory.

Apart from these, Rs 3.75 lakh cash and 300 grams of gold was found in his house, the DSP said.

Varsities ignore Guvs diktats

June 11: None of the universities in the state have submitted quarterly performance reports as mandated by the Governor and Chancellor of Universities, Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan, in February, 2010. Though the department of higher education has sent 16 reminders to the Vice-Chancellors to furnish the details during the last 16 months, there has been no response from them.

As a part of these quarterly performance reports, the universities are required to submit a resume of their academic activities, exam results, research and development programmes, number of Ph.Ds awarded, etc. This information has to be given once in three months. Last year, the state government formed a committee to prepare the modalities for submission of quarterly performance reports as per the directions of the Governor.

The committee prepared a draft report, which was approved by the department of higher education. The draft was sent to all the universities, directing the VCs to furnish the details accordingly. The job of compiling the data from the universities was assigned to the AP State Council of Higher Education. Since then, the officials of APSCHE made numerous attempts to obtain the reports from universities, unsuccessfully. The repeated reminders sent by APSCHE to the VCs and the registrars of universities fell on deaf ears.

Mr Narasimhan had also asked the universities to prepare a common academic calendar from this year for the convenience of students. The VCs are yet to do this. While some universities like Andhra University, Nagarjuna University etc. have already declared degr-ee results and are conducting counselling for PG admissions, the Osmania University is yet to annou-nce its degree results. As a result, several OU students who planned to attend counselling sessions of other universities could not do so due to the delay in results.

During the last 16 months, several VC posts fell vacant following their retirement. The majority of the universities have no VCs at present and some more VC posts will be vacant by August. This worries the APSCHE officials, who are concerned that it will be even more difficult now to obtain quarterly performance reports from universities.

Hyderabad students bag top ranks in ICET

Two Hyderabad students bagged the top ranks of ICET-2011, the results for which were announced here on Thursday.

Releasing the results, ICET chairman and vice chancellor of Andhra University, Prof. Beela Satyanarayana, said Mr Pradeep Reddy got the first rank by scoring 185 out of 200 marks.

Mr N. Aditya Kiran Nori also scored 185. Mr O. Anirudha Asish of Vijayawada scored 183 and bagged the third rank.

Among the women, Ms K. Lavanya of Vijayawada bagged the top rank by scoring 179 out of 200. The test was conducted on May 18.

The VC said 1,40,210 (92, 419 male and 47, 791 fem-ale) appeared for the examination.

Dance as school subject stressed

Noted Kuchipudi dancer, Ms Sobha Naidu, asked the government to introduce dance as a subject in primary schools. She appealed to public and the authorities concerned to take steps for safeguarding classical dance by providing sufficient funds and appointing dance teachers in schools.

Noted Kuchipudi dancer, Ms Sobha Naidu, asked the government to introduce dance as a subject in primary schools. She appealed to public and the authorities concerned to take steps for safeguarding classical dance by providing sufficient funds and appointing dance teachers in schools.

Ms Sobha Naidu was in the city on Tuesday to participate in a national-level seminar on Indian Classical Dances organised by the Nataraj Music and Dance Academy.

Addressing the gathering as a chief guest on the occasion, Ms Sobha said that classical dance will have no importance after some years if the government failed to support it.

Except Andhra Pradesh, many states including Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kar-nataka and Kerala have been supporting classical dances and uplifting the classical dancers to international level, she said.

Speaking on the occasion, noted critic and historian Mr V.A.K. Ranga Rao said, the recognition of Kuchip-udi as a classical dance by the government in 1960 pa-ved the way for women like Yamini Krishamurthy and Indrani Rehman to storm the male bastion. Women gave greater push to the genre outside Andhra Pradesh, he opined. Some of the research scholars of Andhra University here said that dance could imp-rove the physical and mental strength of children.

mega job mela in Au on october 29, 30

Andhra University will be conducting a mega job mela in the city for two days on October 29th and 30th, partnering with Millennium Software Solutions to provide 10,000 jobs to unemployed youth under the Rajiv Yuvakiranalu programme.

One hundred companies are going to participate in the job fair, catering to several verticals such as information technology, BPO, infrastructure, hospitality, pharma, automobile, textile, finance and insurance, education, retail, sales and marketing, said Prof. P.V.G.D. Prasada Rao, Re-ctor of Andhra University.

We have already communicated to educational institutions in five districts initially and any unemployed can attend the mela, he said. Interested candidates have to log onto www.aujobfair.com and register their details for the selection process. A total of 100 job stalls are going to be arranged at the AU convocation hall for job seekers, he informed. The deputy Chief Minister, Mr Damodar Rajanarasimha, will be inaugurating the job mela at 9.30 am on October 29 and ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Vatti Vasanthakumar and P. Balaraju will also be present, the Rector said. Three senior officials of the university were deputed to provide necessary information to the candidates.

A representative of Millennium Software Solutions said that permanent staff members for the Aadhaar project would be recruited during the mela and candidates with Class X qualification can attend the selection process.

Interested can contact Prof. Y. Satya-narayana, Prof. P.S. Avadhani, Prof. B. Mohan Venkat Ram, and Prof. Y.L.N. Murty, AU for any guidance.

AU attracts more foreign students

Andhra University has witnessed an eight fold increase recently in the enrolment of international students. This was possible due to good accommodation facilities and round-the-clock service. Three years ago, the number was 50 and has shot up to 450 from 36 countries across the globe.

Andhra University has witnessed an eight fold increase recently in the enrolment of international students. This was possible due to good accommodation facilities and round-the-clock service. Three years ago, the number was 50 and has shot up to 450 from 36 countries across the globe.

Almost half the students are from Africa, and the rest from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nepal and Bhutan. Girls are from Nepal and Bhutan.

International students of the university are content here as the cost of living is low with the university charging Rs.2,000 per month for providing a single room with bed, almirah, refrigerator, chair, apart from gas, water and electricity free of cost. Most students prefer to cook their own food.

People in the city are friendly, said Yechale Kebede, research scholar from Ethiopia. I like the teachers here because they are cooperative and we appreciate the curriculum and other students too. We do not sense any discrimination over here, he added.

Senior professor of the Geology department and adviser of the international students affairs Dr K. Viswanath said, Foreign students also feel comfortable as the environment is close to their motherland.

Sources said even though the university has been providing admission to students online, there is a need to improve accommodation when compared to other universities with 30-40 having to stay outside at their own cost.

Student suspect APPSC paper leak

The degree lecturers recruitment exam, which was conducted by the APPSC recently, has turned controversial. Candidates alleged that there were large scale irregularities in the selection process. They pointed out that the majority of students who made it to the selection list were from the Andhra Universitys economics department and even their hall ticket numbers were in serial order.

Several candidates held a demonstration in front of the APPSC demanding cancellation of the exam and holding them afresh. They also demanded the government to inquire into the issue and take stringent action against the officials responsible for the irregularities. Candidates have also decided to submit a representation to Governor, E.S.L. Narasimhan urging him to order a probe.

About 600 applicants from across the state appeared for the recruitment exam, which was conducted to fill 48 degree lecturer posts in economics subject. The APPSC has short-listed 98 candidates and called them for interviews. Candidates alleged that of the total 98 candidates shortlisted, about 54 had hall-ticket numbers in the serial order. They said that about 28 shortlisted candidates were from one exam centre in Vizag. They also said that out of the top-10 scorers, six were from a single centre.

An economics professor in Andhra University was involved in the question paper preparation process. Strangely, the students who are pursuing research under the same professor got selected, said Mr Surya Narayana, a candidate. Students also suspect that the question paper was leaked in Vizag.

panel to screen applicants for vc post on dec. 13

Efforts are being made to pick a suitable person for appointing as vice chancellor of Andhra University, the post being vacant for the last seven months from June 20. The search committee is likely to shortlist around 180 applicants on December 13.

Efforts are being made to pick a suitable person for appointing as vice chancellor of Andhra University, the post being vacant for the last seven months from June 20. The search committee is likely to shortlist around 180 applicants on December 13.

Sources revealed that a senior professor from the Department of Engineer-ing, Andhra University, has good chances to get the post. The search committee includes a UGC nominee, one from state government and the rest from the university itself.

Nearly 140 to 150 applicants are likely to be disqualified in the preliminary stage. The committee will finalise three names, from which the Governor will choose one.

Students, academics and teachers associations expressed concern over the slow functioning of the university in taking decisions and clearing key files. No company or university across the globe has come forward to sign MoUs with the university in the last one year. More over, there is no regular registrar too with Ms Samrajyalakshmi currently acting as in-charge Registrar of AU.

No action taken on varsity cases

The state government has been sitting on the files indicting vice-chancellors and professors with serious charges including those of sexual harassment. The inordinate delay in initiating action has resulted in several VCs going scot-free following their retirement after completing their full three-year term.

In Andhra University, professors facing allegations of sexual harassment still roam free. In the Dravidian Univer-sity, the case of 8,000 PhDs given to unqualified people resulting in the doctorate scam, is yet to be acted upon. The committees appointed by the state government to inquire into these issues have submitted their reports long ago recommending stringent action against the erring VCs and professors. But all these files are pending with the government for the last three years.

First these files were with the then minister for higher education, Mr D. Sridhar Babu (currently civil supplies minister), who took no action on them for nearly 19 months. Now these file are with the current higher education minister, Mr Damodara Raja Narasimha, who is also the deputy chief minister, who has been sitting on them for over a year. As many as eight VCs were indicted by inquiry committees for resorting to irregularities in the appoi-ntment of faculty and non-faculty members. Action is still pending on irregularities in Dravidian, Rayala-seema, Kakatiya, Andhra, Srikrishnadevaraya, Adi-kavi Nannayya, Telangana, Nagarjuna and Osmania universities. The then Dravidian University VC, Prof. Rama-naiah, had been indicted by an inquiry committee for awarding 8,000 PhDs in distance education mode by setting up study centres across the state against the norms.

However, the state government failed to initiate any action against him, though he retired in August this year. Similarly, the vice-chancellors of Rayalaseema University, Kakatiya Uni-versity, Andhra University, Adikavi Nannayya Univer-sity, Nagarjuna University and Osmania University have retired on superannuation even as the files recommending action against them are pending with the government for different periods of time.

Strict norms to set up private universities

The state government is all set to enforce stringent norms for the private sector to follow when establishing private universities in the state. It has proposed a mandatory corpus fund of Rs 30 crore, besides utilising 75 per cent of income generated from the fund for the development of the institution. In addition, the campus should be spread over 30 acres. Though the Private Universities Act was mooted by the YSR government in 2005, it only just materialised. Though officials prepared a draft of the Bill on private universities in 2006, the Bill has been gathering dust since then. Initially the corpus fund was fixed at Rs 100 crore.

However, there were objections to the unrealistic amount since in 2009 the Centre itself had proposed a corpus of Rs 50 crore for foreign universities in the country. The state government has appointed a committee comprising Prof A. Prasanna Kumar, former rector, Andhra University, Prof V. Gopal Reddy, former VC of Kakatiya and Palamuru University and Prof R. Ramamurthy, former VC, Sri Venkateshwara University to draft the fresh modalities for setting up private universities.

The committee has held four rounds of meetings till now and prepared draft proposals that will be submitted to the government soon. The committee examined the Private Universities Act enforced in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana etc. The committee met on Wednesday to discuss the draft proposals. We will finalise the draft proposals in two weeks and submit them to the government. The government has to enact a law for allowing establishment of private universities in the state, said Prof Jayaprakash Rao, chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education.

Coming summer will be severe, experts predict

Meteorologists anticipate the arrival of a severe summer in the state, owing to the scanty rainfall received this year.

Only four districts in Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh received good rainfall during the recent depression.

Major changes in the sea surface temperature due to global warming and a decreasing trend in tropical storms, has led to a scanty rainfall, analysts say.

Normally, rainfall in the state depends on tropical cyclones and easterly waves from the pacific ocean. he tropical cyclones account for 60 per cent and the waves account for 40 per cent of the total rainfall in the state.

Between October and December, we must ideally receive 50 per cent of the normal annual rainfall in the state. But, this year only four districts — Ongole, Nellore, Chittoor and Kadapa — have received good rainfall. Drought conditions prevail in the rest of the state, said Prof O.S.R.U. Bhanu Kumar from the department of meteorology and oceanography, Andhra University.

Analysis of 118 years of data relating to the tropical storms point out that there is a significant change in the frequency of tropical storms with rising of sea surface temperatures over the north Indian Ocean on the annual, seasonal and sub-seasonal scales.

The inter-governmental panel on climate change has estimated that the earths average global surface temperature has increased by about 0.7ºC in this century due to global warming.

Online tests now centre of focus

With the conventional pen and paper format of exams gradually making way for online tests, coaching centres to train students for these tests are in great demand. Several top higher educational institutions are opting for online tests to prevent question papers from leaking and to check errors in evaluation of answer scripts. Question papers pertaining to AIEEE were leaked in May this year and last year the Common Law Ad-mission Test papers were leaked, forcing the institutes concerned to hold the exams again, a huge waste of time and money. It is also difficult to find hundreds of exam centres and staff to conduct the exams in the conventional mode and then transport the answer scripts to evaluation centres safely. The online test takes care of all these problems.

The Common Admission Test for admission to top business schools has been held online for the last three years, and that too quite successfully. This year, the All India Engineering Entrance Exam has gone online. Though there is the option of off-line test for AIEEE this year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to conduct the exam online on a large scale. The IITs are planning to conduct JEE exam online from 2013.

There are proposals with the state government to make Eamcet online in the coming years. Varsities such as Osma-nia and Andhra University are also mulling over the merits of online tests. Anticipating huge dema-nd for online tests in the coming years, several coaching centres have come up in the city. A majority of the students sitting for various entrance tests come from rural areas. They are not well acquainted with the use of computers and internet compared to urban students, said Mr P. Mallikarjun, who runs a training centre in Ameerpet. Most of the online test training centres have come up in Ameerpet, Mehdipat-nam, Narayanguda and Secunderabad.

Shortage of faculty hits AU

Acute shortage of faculty in almost every department of teaching has affected the functioning of Andhra University here.

According to official sources, the university requires nearly 1,000 regular faculties to teach thousands of students. But according to the treasurer of the Andhra University unit of the AP Federation of University Teachers Association (APFUTA) and head of the department of Human Genetics, Prof. G. Sudhakar, the university was currently being run with half of the required faculty. Half of the current faculty are temporary teaching associates who were recruited on contract basis for consolidated sala-ries ranging from ` 10,000 to Rs.15,000 per month.

Speaking to this correspondent at the ongoing protest by the unit in front of the universitys main gate here on Tuesday, Prof. Sudhakar said that the APFUTA was protesting against government for failing to address their long-pending demands including the provision of full-fledged faculty to the university.

Apart from faculty shortage, poor block grants for maintenance of the department was also putting the university in trouble. Faculty members of the university had decided to stage a series of protests, he said, while ruling out that their protest was affecting the classes of students and their examination preparations.

Nearly 20 faculty, including Prof. M.Purnachandra Rao, president of the university unit, took part in the relay hunger protest in front of the university entrance gate on Tuesday. They demanded that government pay the UGC revised pay-scale arrears from 2006, hike retirement age to 65 years and block grants for maintenance.

Activists and leaders of the Vizag unit of the Students Federation of India held a rally on the university campus. SFI leader B. Jagan demanded that government immediately take steps to fill vacancies in universities and appoint a vice-chancellor for Andhra University by the end of this academic year.

Meanwhile, the local MP and the Union minister of state for Human Resource Development, Ms D. Purandeswari, said that nearly 40 percent of professor posts at various universities in the country were still vacant.

Interacting with a group of AU faculty here on Tuesday, she said that their government was taking all possible steps to fill the gap between the students and teachers ratio in higher education system in order to sustain the quality of education. The teachers met the minister as part of their protests against the state government for failing to address their long- pending demands.

Au students argue with minister on Slet

Andhra University students demanded that the Union minister of state for human resource development, Ms D. Purandeswari, take initiative to ensure that the state government conduct State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) much before conducting recruitment test for degree college lecturers.

There was a serious discussion between student representatives and the minister for some time at the Andhra University Platinum Jubilee Hall during a round table meeting organised on Tuesday seeking special railway zone for Visakhapatnam.

Students of Bahuvarga Students Sangh (BSS) led by Mr A. Mahesh insisted that the minister take initiative on the issue. But Ms Purandeswari said that she was no way concerned with it.

Police officials and legislators of Bheemili and Visakhapatnam South pacified them and the students handed over a memorandum to the minister urging her to take steps for early conduct of the examination.

Andhra varsity PG test results released

The results of the Andhra University Common Entr-ance Test (AUCET-2012) for admission into postgraduate courses in the campus colleges of AU and Dr BR Ambedkar University and in their affiliated colleges, and results of the Andhra University Engineering Entrance Test (AUEET) were released by the rector of AU, Mr P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy, on Thursday.
Results of AUCET and AUEET were placed on www.andhrauniversity.info-doa, www.aucet.sssolutions.co.in and www.aueet.sssolutions.co.in, rank cards may be downloaded from the websites.

Releasing the results, Mr Prasad Reddy said that the university was the first in the state to conduct a common entrance test for admission into PG courses and to release the results within 24 hours of the last entrance examination.
For admission into 66 courses including 23 PG courses in Arts and 43 PG courses in the Science stream, 36 tests were conducted under AUCET.

Six tests were conducted under AUEET for admissions into six courses in the five-year MS Programme and five-year Dual Degree programme. Counselling for admission into various courses of AUCET will beg-in on May 31, and for AU-EET, on May 16; the schedule will be placed on the website. Candidates who qualify in the instant or advanced supplementary exam to be held in May are also eligible for admission.

Andhra University hikes teaching hours of faculty

Professors of Andhra University cannot enjoy hereafter and will have to spend more time with their students.
Cracking the whip, authorities recently issued directions to the principals of various colleges enhancing working hours of permanent faculty members.

Sources said that working hours have been increased from 16 to 21 hours per week. Authorities intend to streamline teaching structure in the university.

There were charges that some professors only had personal agendas, and did not concentrate on classroom work and research.
Currently, in-charge Vice Chancellor M G Gopal, who interacted with some teachers on contract during his visit to the premises, reportedly came to the decision to strengthen the system, in order to minimise the role of contract teachers. When contract teachers who have been working for some years started demanding rationalisation of designation and pay structure, the decision to increasing working hours of permanent faculty members as per UGC norms is significant, sources said.

Four Andhra University professors chargesheeted

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed chargesheets against four professors of Andhra University over irregularities in sanctioning pharma colleges to private managements in Visakhapatnam.

AU College of Pharmaceutical Sciences professors JVLN Sheshagiri Rao, D Gowri Sankar, J Vijaya Ratna and A Annapoorna and regional officer of southern regional office of AICTE, Chennai, BK Bhadri, were among 13 persons chargesheeted for granting permission to Visakha Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (VIPS) and Al-Ameer College of Pharmacy in violation of the guidelines. VIPS management representatives T Surya Bhaskar Reddy and Betala Sekhar and Al-Ameer College representatives I H Farooqui, VA Siddiqui, principal R Bhavani Devi, professor A Ravi Kumar and then sarpanch of Palavalasa panchayat of Anandapuram mandal P Appala Narayana were also booked for fraud.

CBI filed chargesheet against VIPS management for using fake land certificates and building plans of an agricultural land as the college land near international cricket stadium in Madhurawada area. All the land particulars and the information provided by the management were fake and forged, the CBI said in its chargesheet. Seshagiri Rao and Gowri Sankar inspected the college separately for issuance of a no-objection certificate and renewal of the affiliation of the college for the academic years 2008-09 and 2009-10 and gave positive reports falsely certifying that infrastructure and other facilities were in tune with AICTE norms.

The case was registered in January 2010. The chargesheet against the four professors and the AICTE official was filed under sections 120-B read with 420, 468, 471 and 477-A of IPC and section 13(2) read with 13(1)(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

In the case of Al-Ameer College of Engineering and Pharmacy, the management violated the norms in purchasing and converting the assigned land for commercial purposes and intentionally misguided the expert committees showing assigned land as pharma college campus.

The management also misled the officials by stating that the college was being run in a three-storied building when there was no structure at all. The management submitted a fake land use certificate to AICTE, CBI officials said.

AU professors inspected the college for issuance of a no-objection certificate and renewal of the affiliation of the college for the academic years 2008-09 and 2009-10 and gave positive reports.

Summer camp opened

The summer coaching camps in 18 disciplines, being organised by the Olympic Association of Visakhapatnam and Andhra University were inaugurated by Rector of AU P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy on the AU campus here on Monday.

President of the Olympic Association S. Kodandaramiah, secretary M. Syam Babu, vice-president T.S.R. Prasad, G.V. Raviraju, treasurer B. Ramaiah, and others were present. International medal winner Avani Panchal presented a solo artistic roller-skating show.

The camps would be held for four weeks.

Ghantasala melodies

Founder of Ghantasala Smaraka Peetham and Ghantasala Sangeetha Kalasala T. Sharathchandra will render melodies of Ghantasala on May 20 evening at Gurajada Kalakshetram. The event is being hosted as part of Summer special at the monthly cultural programme, Vinoda Vallari, organised by the VUDA in association with the Creative Comedy Club.

AU turns into a mini India

Four hundred students from East, West, North, North-East and South are meeting here to get exposed to diverse cultural backgrounds. The NSS mega summer camp being conducted at Andhra University for students from 29 States, gives them great scope to get acquainted with various lifestyles, languages and learn from each other. AU is hosting the camp for the first time.

The students are excited about the entire programme with majority of them attending for the first time. Arpita Bose from West Bengal claims that its an opportunity to meet people at one stop with diverse cultural backgrounds. A place to learn new aspects and to explore South Indian cuisine, said Alok Mohanty from Odisha. We get to meet many people, understand their lifestyle, learn how to accommodate with each other and improve our skill set. Adjustment is the keyword here and is rewarding too, explained Arunima Susan Oommen from Kerala. While many were enthusiastic about their stay, some were annoyed with water scarcity, humid climate, power failures and schedules not getting concluded on time. There is no proper water supply here and I havent taken my bath for the day, cribbed Pranab Kumar Nath from Assam. Naveen Sundi from Jharkhand finds it tough to follow English sessions as he belongs to Hindi medium but is positive about the constraint. Without struggle there is no success, he added. Apart from yoga, meditation and physical exercise classes, the mega camp rolls out a list of sessions in developing interpersonal skill, communication skill, employable skill and entrepreneurship skill, time, stress and disaster management and cultural programmes. The programme also conducts a five-day educational excursion to Araku Valley, Borra caves, Rushikonda Beach, Submarine Museum, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and other places. A professor of Department of Psychology of AU M.V.R. Raju conducted first aid and civil defence sessions for the day. The camp provides a good exposure to the youth in enhancing their skills that contributes to their overall personality development, said P. Ramachandra Rao, NSS Programme Coordinator of AU. The camp concludes on June 17.

Constitution has stood the test of time: law college principal

Crime in politics and farce in election system in India have created a vacuum of morality, observed Principal and Dean of Andhra University Law College A. Kesava Rao here on Saturday.

Delivering a talk on Has the Constitution failed us?, arranged by Gayatri Vidya Parishads Centre for Policy Studies at Visakhapatnam Public Library, he shared his views and experiences about how good governance was better than self governance and how our Constitution had at many times been tested when assaults had been made on the fundamental rights in the Constitution.

He highlighted the ways in which the Constitution had protected our nation till date either by restricting political chaos with the help of judiciary or by safeguarding the rights and interests of the media.

Expressing disappointment over how three elements red tape, black money, and corruption failed our Constitution, he said they deprived us of the fruits of the vision our leaders had envisioned for us.

Remedial measures
Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Andhra University, M. Nalini, who spoke on Measures for course correction, put forth a few remedial measures for a better democracy.

She focused on constructive measures such as structural changes, radical decentralisation of power from unions, improvement in the quality of democracy, restricting the malfunctioning of democracy, educating the public, facilitation of public hearing, formation of an accountable coalition body, improvement in the responsiveness of masses and need for extensive discussion of issues like treaties and policies in the parliament in her speech.

CPS Director A. Prasanna Kumar spoke on Non-Alignment 2.0 a foreign and strategic policy for India framed by eight prominent scholars and released in January 2012.

Eliminating poverty, utilising human resources, giving significance to inclusive growth, upholding values and preserving our moral and ideological capital were the challenges faced today, he pointed out.

He also briefly explained about how the document would show our country a way forward.

Sexual harassment case against Andhra varsity professor

VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University was embroiled in a controversy when a professor and a teaching associate reportedly sought sexual favours from a girl student and a scholar. Parents of one of the victims filed a complaint with the varsity authorities on Monday . The matter came to light on Tuesday after the university handed over the matter to the women redressal cell for an inquiry.

A professor in meteorology and oceanography department allegedly harassed an M Tech (atmospheric sciences) student a week ago, who immediately informed the matter to her parents. We have asked the women redressal cell to look into the matter, rector PVGD Prasada Reddy told.

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