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Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana
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Vidyaranyapuri
Warangal (District Warangal)
Telangana, India
Pin Code : 506009


Kakatiya University, Warangal Telangana is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University.
Kakatiya University is situated in Warangal of Telangana state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Kakatiya University, Warangal Telangana is +91-870-2439600, 2438800.

Website of Kakatiya University, Warangal Telangana is www.kuwarangal.com, www.kakatiya.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Prof N Linga Murthy, Telephone: +91-870- 2439966, Fax: +91-870-2439600.

Registrar : Prof N Satyanarayana, Telephone: +91-870-2438866, Fax: +91-870-2438800, Prof K Sayulu.


Contact Details of Kakatiya University, Warangal Telangana are : Telephone: +91-870-2438866, 2455800



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Introduction

Kakatiya University was established on 19th August, 1976 to fulfil the aspirations of the Telangana people for higher education. The founding of the University was in fact a historic event in the sense that heralded a new era in the realms of higher education of this region. The erstwhile Post-Graduate Centre of Osmania University was upgraded and named Kakatiya University. The development of the University over the years has been gradual but impressive. The University was accredited with B+ grade by the NAAC in 2002. The University situated in a sprawling area of about 650 acres, has now 24 departments in four colleges on the campus with a network of eleven constituent colleges and 471 affiliated colleges. It has its Post-graduate Colleges at Subedari (Hanamkonda), Nirmal, Karimnagar, Godavarikhani, Khammam and Kothagudem in addtion to University Engineering College at Kothgudem.

The University is now offering programmes in Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, Computer Science, Business Management, Education, Science, Arts, Commerce, Oriental courses in the University, constituent and affiliated colleges. In addition, the School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE) is offering a large number of programmes through distance mode.

The University is vibrant with research activities carrying out the projects sponsored by various funding agencies. The Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, has identified the Departments of Botany, Chemistry and Pharmacy under FIST while the University Grants Commission is supporting the Departments of Chemistry, Botany, Pharmacy, Economics, Telugu and Public Administration under its DRS and SAP.

Giving utmost priority to the student services, the university has established, Centre for English Language Training (CELT), NET Coaching Centre for SC/ST students, SC/ST Coaching Centre for Entry into Service, Student Welfare Centre, Placement Cell, Indoor Games Complex, Yoga Centre and Gymnasium for the all round personality development of the students. It has a spacious Central Library with a rich collection of 1,50,000 books in addition to 25,000 back volumes of research journals. All the constituent colleges and departments were brought under Campus Network providing round the clock INTERNET facility.

The university has held its flag high in the domain of Sports and Games at national level competitions. Our students have displayed exemplary performance and won All India Inter-University Gymnastic Championship consecutively for three years, making a hat-trick. It has hosted the Inter-University National Youth Festival successfully. Social activities under taken by the National Service Scheme brought laurels to the University at the national level. Consecutively for the fourth time, the University NSS Unit topped in the country in blood donation which is a testimony to the University's commitment to social service. In an effort to give impetus to the educational, research and faculty exchange programmes with foreign universities, the University has entered into MoU with Central Michigan University, USA in March 2006. Some more universities are evincing interest to tie up with the University for academic programmes. The University has strong alumni associations with branches abroad and NRIs are donating generously for the development of the University.

Kakatiya University crossed the milestone of thirty one years and is poised to achieve greater academic excellence with dedication and commitment in the years to come.

University Profile

The Establishment of Kakatiya University on August 19, 1976 signified the fulfillment of a long cherished aspiration of the people of Telangana. Emergence of this University was in fact a historic event in the sense that it heralded a new era in the realm of higher education catering to the needs of North Telangana.

The University began with only four Departments, viz. Telugu, English, Chemistry and Mathematics in 1968, Departments of Physics, Botany, Zoology, Commerce and Public Administration were added later. The Department of Economics was started in 1974. B. Pharmacy course which was started by OU in 1974 was shifted to KU in 1975

The Post-Graduate Centre was accorded autonomy in administrative and academic affairs by OU on April 30, 1976. Eventually, it was upgraded into Kakatiya University on August 19,1976. The University is 28 years old now and it is all set for academic excellence. The University also celebrated in a grand way its Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 2001.

To begin with, jurisdictional area of the University was confined to the municipal limits of Warangal only. With the expansion of jurisdictional area of the University in 1988, it has now in its fold 321 colleges (171 old govt. aided, private unaided degree colleges, 66 new colleges in 2005, 48 B.Ed. colleges, 14 pharmacy colleges, 3 law colleges, 3 engineering colleges, including Kothagudem Engineering College, 11 university PG colleges, 29 colleges offering MBA, and 32 colleges offering MCA), located in the Northern Telangana districts of Karimnapr, Khammam, Adilabad and Warangal offering a number of programmes at the Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate and Research levels in Professional as well as Non-Professional courses.

The University has a network of eleven constituent colleges with 24 Departments. During 2004-2005, the total enrollment of students for under-graduate programmes was around 90,000, while it was 6,500 for the post-graduate courses. About 175 research scholars are registered for Ph.D. programmes in different faculties.

At present the University has its Post-graduate Colleges at Nirmal, Karimnagar, Godavarikhani, Subedari (Hanamkonda), Khammam and Kothagudem in addtion to the main campus. Kothagudem School of Mines has been elevated to the status of University Engineering College, Kothagudem.

After the formation of the University, M. Phil. and Ph.D Programmes were started. Facilities for research have been expanded by strengthening the Library and Laboratory facilities. A Central Instrumentation Centre has also been established to pool up the common facilities required by all the Science Departments.

The Kakatiya University is now offering programmes in Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, M.C.A., M.B.A. Education. Science. Arts, Commerce. Oriental Courses in University, constituent and affiliated Colleges in addition to a large number of around 60 programmes under distance mode through SDLCE. First time in AP, PG courses in Science for inservice teachers and government employees, M.L.I.Sc and MCJ, Diploma in Mimicry, Certificate Course in Communication Skills in English, M.Sc. (Environmental Science) and M.Sc.(Psychology) have been introduced recently.

Plan Grants
The University was given a grant of Rs. 335.38 lakhs during the IX Plan period and the same has been allocated to various departments towards purchase of books, journals, equipment and construction of various academic buildings. The University Grants Commission is very much impressed with the performance and services of Kakatiya University and allocated an amount of Rs. 3.85 crores to the University during the X Plan period.

Schemes Sanctioned
The Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, has identified the Departments of Botany, Chemistry and Pharmacy of Kakatiya University under FIST and sanctioned an amount of Rs. 93.00 lakhs to implement the scheme for a period of five years. The UGC, New Delhi, identified the Departments of Botany, Pharmacy and Economics at the DRS level under Special Assistance Programme (SAP) and sanctioned an amount of Rs. 80.00 lakhs to implement the schemes

Apart from the above, the Centre for Women's Studies and the Yoga Centre are running in the University with the financial assistance provided by the UGC.

The Commission has recently sanctioned three new schemes to the University for the benefit of SC/ST students for a period of three years: (1) Dr. Ambedkar Studies Centre (2) Coaching for Entry in Services for SC/ST students (3) Coaching of SC/ST students to prepare for National Eligibility Test (NET)

A Special Development Grant ofRs. 70.00 lakhs was also sanctioned to the University under the Scheme of Special Development Grant for Universities in Backward Areas.

The Taskforce of HRD of DBT has recently approved our proposals of Rs 83 lacs for M.Sc. (Bio-technology). The University will be getting a matching grant of Rs 25 lacs to the Funds mobilized from different sources.

Research Programmes

The research programmes are being implemented as per the time frame. An amount of Rs. 243.00 lakhs has been received from other funding/supporting agencies like UGC,CSIR, DST, DBT, AICTE, DRDO, MHRD, Planning Commission, ICSSR and ICHR for various research programmes of the faculty and scholars. About 65 research scholars/students are pursuing their research/PG course with the financial assistance received from UGC, CSIR, ICHR, AICTE, DST. Apart from these there are about 28 Projects Fellows/Associates working under the Major Research Schemes sanctioned by different funding agencies to the teachers of University departments. The amount sanctioned by the UGC for research activities and internet connectivity through and INFONET programmes is Rs.10.00 lakhs. We are planning for Campus Networking connecting all the departments and administrative offices with a total outlay of Rs. 20.00 lakhs sanctioned by UGC.

Spectrum of Activities
The University is sincerely attempting to emerge as one of the premier academic institutions in the country. The observations of the Rationalization Committee that visited our University under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ananda Krishnan, recently have been very positive and they assured us a very fair deal for Kakatiya University.

On academic front, the impression of all academicians and intellectuals who visited our University on different assignments has been excellent and the number and quality of the seminars, symposia, workshops and refresher courses conducted by all the departments vouchsafe the same. We will further strengthen our academic programs, teaching learning process, attendance in the class rooms, facilities in the laboratories in future.

The Kakatiya University does not mean that the campus colleges and the colleges in Warangal, but all of its colleges in four districts of its jurisdiction. We shall focus our attention for the all-round development of all the colleges and the students of theses colleges are provided with the same amenities and academic environment.

The academic soundness of an educational institution is reflected in a well-equipped library. We have been over the years strengthening the library by purchasing textbooks, reference books and subscribing national and international journals in all disciplines. In 2004, we made e-journals available to our students, scholars and teachers. Further, we have initiated action to develop campus networking. There are plans to extend the facility to all colleges in Warangal and we have already provided dial-up network facility to all colleges outside Warangal. The University Library caters to the needs of 350 teachers, 650 research scholars and 1803 students with a collection of over 1.18 lakh books, 255 Indian and foreign journals, 25400 back volumes and 2000 theses/dissertations. The library works for 12 hours from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Apart from this, the readers from Khammam, Karimnagar, Warangal and Adilabad Districts also use KU Library as a reference library.

The Directorate of Students Welfare Centre (SWC) has undertaken student welfare activities aimed at developing overall personality of students. SWC could train some of our students to bag state and national awards. The Directorate brings out a newsletter entitled 'MAS'.

The Placement Cell is helping students in procuring several jobs in leading companies and organisations. It has organized industrial visits and campus interviews inviting well-known institutions of Insurance, IT, Banking, Communications, Women Service Societies, NGOs, Pharmaceutical Industry, Public sectors in Mining and Engineering, etc. ATM facility is provided by State Bank of Hyderabad, KU Branch for the benefit of all.

The Music Club, Science Club, Forum for Social Studies, Industry-Institution Interaction Cell,. Tribal Museum, Yoga Centre, etc., have paved way for the all-round development of the students. Very strong alumni associations have also been established for two constituent colleges with foreign branches.

The University has won All India Inter-University Gymnastic Championship continuously for three years, i.e., 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 achieving hat-trick. It is a historic achievement, not only for Kakatiya University but also, for all South Indian Universities, as till to date only Kakatiya University has won Team Championship for three consecutive years in entire South India since introduction of this event in All India Inter-University competitions. Our students have fared very well and bagged 11 gold medals, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals.

The NSS Cell, Kakatiya University has been rendering commendable job and also bringing awareness among the rural folk on Literacy, AIDS, Superstitions and Child Labour. The NSS, Kakatiya University spread its tentacles of social service in its jurisdiction. More than 33,000 students pursuing their studies in various educational institutions have enrolled themselves as volunteers in NSS. The awareness programmes organized by the NSS Volunteers has brought awareness about the Environment, Sanitation, Afforestation, General and Community health among the Rural folk of Northern Telangana districts.

The Kakatiya University is located in the historical town of Warangal was the erstwhile seat of the Kakatiya rulers and is an important town in north Telengana Region. The University has completed 29 years of its existence and is now marching towards academic excellence under the dynamic leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. V Gopal Reddy.

The University also promotes individual and collective research by the faculty and the scholars. The students of the University have the distinction of becoming active part of the HR of the corporate world. The University is committed to meet the augmented demand in the expansion of specialized courses form time to time, and is striving hard to provide appreciable scholastic activities to the increased number of students.

Since its establishment in 1976 several steps were taken for the overall development of the infrastructure facilities in order to cater to the requirements of faculty, staff, students and research scholars. The vast area of 650 acres of land is being used effectively and efficiently for the developmental activities from the available sources and funds from the UGC, State Government and other sources. The various departments on the campus are well accommodated in different buildings of their own with lawns. They have well-ventilated classrooms with audio-video facilities, seminar halls, computer labs, and faculty rooms. The laboratories in the science departments are equipped with the state of the art equipment to facilitate advanced research.

The faculties of all the departments, with 248 teaching staff and 622 non-teaching staff, are committed to excellence in respective subjects. They have excelled in imparting quality education and also represented their respective departments in many National and International Seminars and brought laurels to the University for their excellent research.

In spite of its vast development academically, it has been the long cherished dream of the University to have a centralized AUDITORIUM of its own on the campus that could accommodate about 1200 persons.

'Inter-University National Youth Festival' sponsored by Association of Indian Universities was hosted successfully by the University in February 2003.

The departments of the University and other offices like, Placement Cell, Kakatiya Adhyayana Kendram, Students Welfare Center, Women's Study Center and Minority Center are actively organizing regular Seminars, Symposia, Interactions and other Programs that are of Local, State and National level and a need for a centralized auditorium is strongly felt.

A well-planned auditorium has been designed and developed by the University Engineers. The estimations of the same are standing at Rs. 2.91 crores. As the university has a limited budget of its own that can hardly cater to the academic needs, we are approaching state and central governments through MLA and MPs for the construction of a full-pledged Auditorium on the University Campus

Origin and History

It also promotes individual and collective research by the faculty and the scholars. The students of the University have the distinction of becoming active part of the HR of the corporate world.

The University is committed to meet the augmented demand in the expansion of specialized courses form time to time, and is striving hard to provide appreciable scholastic activities to the increased number of students.

Since its establishment in 1976 several steps were taken for the overall development of the infrastructure facilities in order to cater to the requirements of both faculty, staff, students and research scholars. The vast area of 650 acres of land is being used effectively and efficiently for the developmental activities from the available sources and funds from the UGC, State Government and other sources. The various departments on the campus are well accommodated in different buildings of their own with lawns.

They have well-ventilated classrooms with audio-video facilities, seminar halls, computer labs, and faculty rooms. The laboratories in the science departments are equipped with the ultra modern scientific instruments to accelerate effective research.

The faculties of all the departments, with 248 teaching staff and 622 non-teaching staff, are committed to and well versed in their respective subjects. They have excelled in imparting quality education and also represented their respective departments in many National and International Seminars and brought laurels to the University for their excellent research.

ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING
Kakatiya University is located in the historical town, Warangal, erstwhile seat of the Kakatiya rulers and an important town in north Telengana Region. It has completed 25 years of its existence.

The University originally established as a post-graduate college in 1967 with 4 departments has grown enormously during these 26 years extending its jurisdiction to cover the four economically backward districts of north Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh, namely Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal. The University Post Graduate Centers at all the district headquarters and at Kothagudem, Nirmal and Godavarikhani have become full-fledged colleges and are efficiently fulfilling the academic needs of socio-economic backward region of rural Telengana under the jurisdiction of the University.

The University is offering about 120 programs at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce and Business Management, Social Sciences, Education, Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences with 180 constituent and affiliated colleges spread over four districts of Andhra Pradesh, India.

Vision & Mission

* To be the leading centre of higher education.

* To excel in teaching and research through creativity and productivity.

* To inculcate competitive spirit among students with a global vision.

* To strive constantly to achieve high standards in teaching and research.

* To carve out a niche for the University imparting higher quality teaching with a holistic approach.

* To encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research.

* To conduct collaborative academic and research programmes.

* To design, publish and disseminate relevant literature to strengthen higher education, social and cultural integration.

VC norms irk KU staff

WARANGAL, Feb. 16: There is heartburn among many professors in Kakatiya University (KU) over loss of opportunity in taking part in the ongoing selection process for the post of vice-chancellor.
Contradictory GOs on the number of years required to become a professor have affected the chances of many senior teaching staff, who aspire to be VCs.

According to sources, despite having more than 20 years of teaching experience, 67 KU professors could not test their luck in the ongoing selection process for VC posts in Mahatma Gandhi, OU, KU, Telangana and Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University in the state.

While as per the notification issued for VC posts in these universities, one requires at least 10 years experience as professor, the KU teaching fraternity laments lack of uniformity in the number of years required to become a professor. Presently, for one to get promotion as a professor in KU from the post of a Reader, four sets of GOs and guidelines are in place. They are pre-1986 stage, GO No 520-1988, GO No 209-1999 and GO No 14-2010. In all, as per the different set of rules in place, if one includes the 10 years experience as a professor to be eligible for the post of a VC, one becomes eligible at the age of 26 years, 31 years, 27 years and 25 years in that order.

As the age of retirement for a university professor in the state is 60 years, the KU teaching fraternity says that many of them would never get a chance to apply for a VC post. Even in the recently held VC selection for Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda, seven KU teachers fell short of the 10-year experience as professor by a couple of years.

It is too late for us as search committees would soon be appointed for OU, KU, Telangana and Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University, said a senior KU teacher and a VC aspirant, who fell short by four years as per GO No 520-1988.

Due to the conflicting GOs that prescribe varying number of years required to be promoted as a professor, as many as 67 teachers are falling short of 3-4 years. Notable among those who missed this years VC selection process from KU include Professors A. Seetaram Naik (director of admissions), V. Ravinder (development officer), Syed Ayub Ali (history department), K. Sayulu (department of commerce), Ch. Sanjeeva Reddy (chemistry), V. Kishen (pharmacy), N. Ramaswamy (biotech) and others.

KU students boycott PG exams

KU students boycott PG exams

Jan. 28: Demanding introduction of Telangana Bill, thousands of students from city PG colleges and university campus came out on the road after boycotting their PG exams on Friday.

Due to mass boycott, only 5.68 per cent of students i.e. 864 students out of 15,206 registered students appeared on the first day of KU PG first semester exam.

The PG third semester is scheduled on Saturday.

In four districts of Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad and Khammam under Kakatiya University jurisdiction, the first days attendance rate was 2.3 per cent (law), 18.1 per cent (MBA) and 0.71 per cent for all PG first semester courses.

According to Prof. S. Ram Reddy, Controller of exams, out of 15,206 students appearing on the first day of PG first semester exam throughout four districts, only 864 students appeared, making it 5.68 per cent overall percentage.

Besides 18 exam centres in the campus, there were 56 exam centres, including 24 in the city, which had adequate number of police personnel, spread throughout the four districts.

Varsity sources said that out of 10,400 registered PG students for first semester, only 74 appeared.

The attendance rate for LLB was 13-546, LLM nil and MBA was 777-4,260.

Earlier, in both morning and afternoon sessions of the exams, as per their boycott call, more than 2,000 students in 24 city exam centres, one from Public Garden while another from SDLCE, marched out in the direction of Telangana Martyrs memorial in Subedari.

However, due to a lathicharge by paramilitary forces and civil police led by Hanamkonda SI M. Ravi Kumar on marching varsity students at Nayeemnagar area at about 100 metres from SDLCE, it led to a tense situation.

The lathi-charge left about 10 students, including a girl student, severely injured. To foil the students march towards the Martyrs memorial, police also took eight Kujac student leaders into custody and shifted them to Mills Colony police station.

Meanwhile, in protest against the police lathicharge, Kujac chairman S. Rajesh gave a call for bandh of all educational institutions on Saturday under KU jurisdiction limits.

We did not resort to any violence yet the police resorted to the lathicharge leading to injury to 10 students, said Rajesh, while condemning police action.

Later in the day, in protest against police lathi-charge on students, hundreds of people led by Ambati Srinivas, Narsempet divisional JAC convenor, halted traffic for more than two hours on the Narsempet highway.

Andhra tag haunts VC aspirant

Ahead of the shortlisting of names for Kakatiya University vice-chancellor (VC) post, mudslinging is on with a few prospective candidates giving an Andhra tag for Prof- N. Vijaya, a local professor and one of the 10 aspirants from KU for the post. While off the record university professors are unanimous on not seeing her as the next KU VC, they, however, agree on her being a local despite the fact that state tourism minister V. Vasant Kumar happens to be her cousin.

The controversy gained momentum after an English daily termed her an Andhraite in a news report, much to the satisfaction of her detractors in the university. A group headed by a former KU VC is said to be keen to see her out of the race, a repeat of the previous selection process of vice-chancellor for KU when she reportedly lost out to the then VC Prof. N. Lingamurthy. As region is not a criterion in the selection for vice-chancellor post as the notification itself called eligible candidates from around the country, sources said the Andhra tag is being played up to sideline Prof. Vijaya, who is also an advisory committee member of ICSSR, Southern Region.

Ms Vijaya, who has a combination of academics and as an administrator, was earlier instrumental in improving the finances of SDLCE as its director for 20 months before she was forced to step down recently following her unwillingness to regularise post of three coordinators against rules. I had my schooling in Fatima School in Warangal and had also been a gold medallist in MA Economics from KUs Economics department in 1978, said Prof. Vijaya, chairperson, Board of Studies, Economics, while vehemently rejecting her being a non-local.

Incidentally, Prof. Vijayas father late N. Narayana Rao Desmukh is a former Nizam era Jagirdar and Narsempet resident, who is better known as Bhudaata following his donation of 7,000 acre land to the poor and to educational institutions. The late Narayan Rao had also been the vice-president of Warangal District Congress Committee for 20 years. However, opinions of professors, who are not in race for VC posts, are divided. If she is not from Andhra, why should politicians from that region lobby on her behalf for VC post, asked a senior professor, on condition of anonymity. Another senior professor and the head of a department, however, strongly defended her candidature.

Only because she is non-corrupt and a good administrator, allegations are being made against her to mar her prospects, said the professor, who sought to know the definition of a local.


KU students boycott PG exams

Demanding introduction of Telangana Bill, thousands of students from city PG colleges and university campus came out on the road after boycotting their PG exams on Friday.

Due to mass boycott, only 5.68 per cent of students i.e. 864 students out of 15,206 registered students appeared on the first day of KU PG first semester exam.

The PG third semester is scheduled on Saturday.

In four districts of Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad and Khammam under Kakatiya University jurisdiction, the first days attendance rate was 2.3 per cent (law), 18.1 per cent (MBA) and 0.71 per cent for all PG first semester courses.

According to Prof. S. Ram Reddy, Controller of exams, out of 15,206 students appearing on the first day of PG first semester exam throughout four districts, only 864 students appeared, making it 5.68 per cent overall percentage.

Besides 18 exam centres in the campus, there were 56 exam centres, including 24 in the city, which had adequate number of police personnel, spread throughout the four districts.

Varsity sources said that out of 10,400 registered PG students for first semester, only 74 appeared.

The attendance rate for LLB was 13-546, LLM nil and MBA was 777-4,260.

Earlier, in both morning and afternoon sessions of the exams, as per their boycott call, more than 2,000 students in 24 city exam centres, one from Public Garden while another from SDLCE, marched out in the direction of Telangana Martyrs memorial in Subedari.

However, due to a lathicharge by paramilitary forces and civil police led by Hanamkonda SI M. Ravi Kumar on marching varsity students at Nayeemnagar area at about 100 metres from SDLCE, it led to a tense situation.

The lathi-charge left about 10 students, including a girl student, severely injured. To foil the students march towards the Martyrs memorial, police also took eight Kujac student leaders into custody and shifted them to Mills Colony police station.

Meanwhile, in protest against the police lathicharge, Kujac chairman S. Rajesh gave a call for bandh of all educational institutions on Saturday under KU jurisdiction limits.

We did not resort to any violence yet the police resorted to the lathicharge leading to injury to 10 students, said Rajesh, while condemning police action.

Later in the day, in protest against police lathi-charge on students, hundreds of people led by Ambati Srinivas, Narsempet divisional JAC convenor, halted traffic for more than two hours on the Narsempet highway.


VC posts kept in wait mode

The selection of vice-chancellors for five universities hangs in the balance even after the respective search committees short listed the aspirants and suggested a panel of three names for each VC post to be sent to the Governor and Chancellor of universities, Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan, for final appointment. However, the state government failed to send the files containing the names of candidates short listed by the search committees to the Governor till now.

While files pertaining to Kakatiya University and Adikavi Nannayya University are pending with the Chief Ministers Office for more than a month, the files pertaining to Osmania University, Telangana University and Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University are lying with the minister for higher education Mr Damodara Rajanarasimha, who is reportedly upset with the search committees for not following due procedures while shortlisting the names. He has been pitching for fresh screening of candidates by taking up the issue with the CM on the ground that the search committees ignored senior professors while inviting juniors for interviews.

The delay in appointment of VCs has been badly affecting the universities. The administration has come to a grinding halt in several state universities with no VCs for more than a year. Making things worse is the failure of the government to constitute the Executive Councils (ECs), the highest policy making bodies in any university, even after they were abolished in April last year.

Though the government has finally initiated the process of selecting VCs in September last year by issuing a nation-wide notification, it failed to complete the selection process even after seven months.
Now the fresh hurdle in the form of holding of files in the Secretariat even after search committees recommended the names became a cause of concern for university officials. The higher education department is totally clueless on when the files would be sent to the Governor to enable him to choose one among the panel of three members to be appointed as VC.

KU uses fakes as observers

Post the sensational judges copying case during LLM exam of Kakatiya Universitys School of Distance Learning and Continuing Examination (SDLCE) in August last year, the examination wing of the varsity is doing little to improve its image and functioning.

Take for instance, the ongoing annual BA, B.Com and BBM degree examination of KU SDLCE courses, which are being held in over 70 non-government exam centres in a dozen districts in the state, including Hyderabad, Kolkata and Surat. As per a list obtained by this newspaper, in the selection of university exam observers in most of these centres, the examination wing of KU appointed research scholars of university departments, including some outsiders as against the practice of appointing full-time regular professors.

To cover it up, the varsity authorities concerned, some of who are said to be in collusion with private exam centres to facilitate mass copying, have also prefixed the names of research scholars with doctorate degrees showing them as university faculty members of various departments. Incidentally, majority of these fake observers, who are actually tasked with preventing copying and ensuring discipline in the exam centre, mostly belong to one particular caste group. Part-time journalists from local media and one research student in varsity law department related to an exam wing official, also feature in the list.

70 per cent names in the list are fake, said a principal of university department. Reliable sources said these so-called observers act as intermediaries to collect money and facilitate mass copying in private exam centres of SDLCE. It is pertinent to note that SDLCE is the only profit-making wing of the cash strapped KU making contribution of Rs 5-6 crore annually. When contacted, Prof. A. Sadanandam, registrar of KU, said, I do not know anything about the appointment of research scholars as observers as exam department officials follow strict confidentiality in the preparation of list.

Similarly, on failure in initiating a departmental inquiry into the judges coping case last year, he said that soon after the incident, a committee was appointed to probe the role of varsity staff. However, the committee could not function, as no professors were willing to be its members. KU controller of exam Prof. S. Ram Reddy could not be contacted.

Reforms sought in KUs wing

In the light of the appointment of B. Venkata Ratnam as new vice-chancellor, Kakatiya University (KU) student groups are demanding reforms in the functioning of the varsitys School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE) wing, which has been facing allegations of mismanagement and corruption at regular intervals affecting the brand value of its courses.

With the state grant to KU standing at just Rs 26 crore as against requirement of Rs 60 crore annually, the varsity is sitting in a financial mess. This financial gap has largely been filled by the SDLCE wing, which since it was set up in 1989, has been contributing Rs 5-6 crore annually to the varsity. However, in the face of a large number of instances of mismanagement, the brand value of the courses offered by SDLCE has come under a scanner. University sources mainly attribute this to the doings of internal staff as SDLCE has emerged as the money minting machine. This is explained by the fact that even though the wing contributes 5-6 crore annually, sources pointed out that the varsity authorities never set up its own printing press to print study material for its 50,000 students all over the country.

Since 1989, a few employees of the varsity in collusion with middlemen have been outsourcing study material printing works to outsiders without calling for an open tender process. This is costing the varsity Rs 1 crore annually. Similarly, when the judges copying case hit the headlines in August last year, the same month also saw another controversy surrounding SDLCEs study centre based at Miriyaluda in Nalgonda, where 109 students of BA course of SDLCE were permitted to write their exams even though these students were not at all enrolled for the course.

The issue, besides the recent appointment of fake observers by varsity authorities, snowballed into a major controversy with student groups questioning the controller of exam Prof. S. Ram Reddy on Wednesday a week after the varsity authorities showed all these examinees as passed, allegedly after under pressure of SDLCE study centre. The Miryalguda incident is a poor reflection on the way the SDLCE is being run by the varsity officials, said Banoth Sarangapani, president, KU Research Scholars Association (KURSA), who led a group of KU student leaders demanding action against guilty officials in the affair. When contacted, Prof. S. Ram Reddy said reforms are needed from enrolment of students to conduct of SDLCE exams. He defended his role in the Miryalguda incident, saying the decision to pass the students was taken by the in-charge VC Prof. V. Gopal Reddy after their results were withheld by the then VC Prof. N. Lingamurthy.

Gaddar takes potshots at KCR

Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) chairman Prof. M. Kodandaram was at the receiving end on Tuesday when balladeer Gaddar and founder of Telangana Praja Front (TPF) took potshots at him at the same venue. Both were at Kakatiya University to attend a one-day convention on Telangana movement organised by JU Joint Action Committee (KU-JAC) and Telagnana Students JAC.

Addressing the gathering, Gaddar criticised Prof. Kodandaram (who had left by then) for his failure to make an objective assessment of TRS and its chief K. Chandrasekhar Raos performance in the Telangana agitation. In his (Prof. Kodandaram) speech, he did not point out the contribution of students when they forced the TRS chief to continue his hunger strike on November 2, 2009, he said, while slamming KCR and the TRS for welcoming the appointment of Srikrishna Committee in the first place.

For the present lull in the T movement, Gaddar also found fault with TRS and TJACs defence that it was done to allow conduct of examinations. Did you write letters to them seeking postponement of the agitation, he asked the student community in the presence of TRS MLA D. Vinay Bhaskar, who was on the podium. Prof. V. Shobha, TJAC Warangal unit Mahila wing leader, said, There are 1,000 reasons for a separate Telangana but Samaikya Andhra supporters cannot cite even 10 reasons why the state should remain united. Prof G. Hara Gopal, writer Varavara Rao, Prof. K Venkatanarayana and KUJAC leaders also spoke.

KU protesters caned, 4 hurt

April 11: The 185th birth anniversary celebration of Dalit icon and social reformer Mahatma Jotiba Govindrao Phule on Kakatiya University (KU) campus turned violent on Monday morning after police lathicharged more than a dozen Kakatiya University Joint Action Committee (KUJAC) members, injuring four. The incident happened after KUJAC members raised Go back slogans against information technology (IT) minister Ponnala Laxamaiah, PCC member Banda Prakash, MLA Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy, TD MP Gundu Sudha Rani and TD MLA Seetakka, when they went to pay tribute to Phule at SDLCE.

Police started raining lathis after KUJAC members, who termed the visiting politicians betrayers of statehood agitation, suddenly, started hurling stones, eggs, tomatoes and chappals on the district politicians, a few stones damaging their vehicles. The police, who deployed in large numbers including four DSPs, eight SIs and four CIs, however, swung into action and arrested 14 KUJAC members. The arrested were taken to Mills Colony police station, while four others were admitted to MGM hospital.

Sources said that district BC welfare department invited the minister to SDLCE on KU campus as it had the only one Phule bust in Warangal. However, KUJAC members said the TD and Congress politicians entry was more to score a point. Interestingly, other city Congress leaders did not go to SDLCE for paying tribute to Phule along with the senior Congress leaders. With the garlanding of Phules bust on the campus, they wanted to send a message that the Telangana movement is dead on the campus, said S. Rajesh, KUJAC chairman, who was injured in the lathicharge.

Meanwhile, the police lathicharge has come in for severe condemnation from Dalit leaders, including Pasula Yakaswamy, district Congress SC Cell president and KU faculty members, some of whom organised a rasta roko near KU cross-road in protest of the incident. Those who visited to pay tribute to Phule made a mockery of his anniversary as all those injured in the police lathicharge hailed from SC, ST, BC and minority community, said Prof. K. Venkatararayana, a BC leader, who termed minister Ponnala as anti-Dalit. Instead of shifting the injured students to hospital, the police took them to police station, he added, while demanding an apology from Congress leaders for the incident. Meanwhile, reacting to the lathicharge incident, IT minister Mr Laxmaiah told media persons, Even if I die, I will pay tribute to Phule. He asked SP J. Prabhakar Rao not to register cases against students in the incident.

Facelift for KU placement cell

Efforts are afoot to change the poor place­ment record of stu­dents on Kakatiya University, which had pre­vi­ous­ly failed to attract recruit­ing com­pa­nies due to neglect on this front by suc­ces­sive var­si­ty admin­is­tra­tors.

As per the report filed by the var­si­ty author­i­ties before the Internal Quality Assessment Centre (IQAC) run by the nation­al grad­ing body NAAC, only 49 stu­dents had man­aged to get jobs dur­ing cam­pus place­ments in 2009-10.

During 2010-11, the cam­pus place­ment record fell to 21, who were recruit­ed by four vis­it­ing com­pa­nies.

Though these fig­ures reflect poor­ly on the var­si­ty s pres­ent image of a NAAC A gra­ded insti­tute of high­er learn­ing with 28 depart­ments, sour­ces blamed low fund­ing to the place­ment wing and lack of inter­est on the part of author­i­ties con­cerned dur­ing ear­li­er years.
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However, var­si­ty sour­ces said the new vice-chan­cel­lor, Prof B. Venkat Ratnam, who hails from com­merce and busi­ness wing, is tak­ing keen inter­est in strength­en­ing the cam­pus place­ment of the var­si­ty stu­dents.

The change in atti­tude towards place­ment cell of the var­si­ty was seen with the appoint­ment of Prof G. Rameshwaram of pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion as direc­tor of place­ment cell, whose appoint­ment ear­ly this week was wel­comed by a sec­tion of var­si­ty pro­fes­sors. Insiders said the var­si­ty has job ready stu­dents, par­tic­u­lar­ly in depart­ments like phar­ma­cy (rat­ed one of the top 10 col­leg­es in India), MCA, MBA, MSW, psy­chol­o­gy besides oth­er reg­u­lar depart­ment wings which are recip­i­ent of UGC grants under its Special Assistance Programme (SAP).

However, poor pub­lic rela­tion exer­cise with recruit­ing com­pa­nies by var­si­ty author­i­ties has resul­ted in a gap even as many city based pri­vate col­leg­es affili­ated to KU always remain at the fore­front in sign­ing MoUs with recruit­ing com­pa­nies for their stu­dents.

This non-inter­est is explained by the fact the var­si­ty author­i­ties nev­er took step in host­ing a job fair by invit­ing com­pa­nies.

All the heads of depart­ments would be sent an appeal for send­ing in a list of eli­gi­ble stu­dents on the cam­pus for a bio-data bank of job seek­ers. Similarly, we would also request all KU juris­dic­tion prin­ci­pals to get in touch with the place­ment cell for all pos­si­ble help, said Prof Rameshwaram, the new­ly-appoin­ted direc­tor, KU, place­ment cell, when con­tac­ted by this news­pa­per.

Students caned, siege bid foiled

The Mattewada police resorted to lathicharge on more than a dozen Kakatiya University Joint Action Committee (KUJAC) members after they laid a siege to BC welfare minister Baswaraju Saraiahs residence in Warangal town on Wednesday.

The Mattewada police resorted to lathicharge on more than a dozen Kakatiya University Joint Action Committee (KUJAC) members after they laid a siege to BC welfare minister Baswaraju Saraiahs residence in Warangal town on Wednesday.

As part of the siege, the KUJAC members led by its chairman Sadu Rajesh reached minister Saraiahs residence at Bondalakunta in Warangal town Wednesday morning. While the majority group was prevented from marching ahead by police, a small group managed to bypass the police security and entered Mr Saraiahs residence shouting slogans. In the melee that ensued for one-hour between the students and police, a few students sustained injuries when they were mildly lathicharged by police from Mattewada police station.

Fearing damage to properties, the Mattewada police arrested 16 KUJAC members from the spot and shifted them to police station. The arrest of student leaders led to further protests and other students staged dharna outside Mr Saraiahs residence and attempted siege to Mattewada police station demanding release of student leaders.

Elsewhere, the 16th day of Sakala Janula Samme continued with rallies, rasta rokos and dharnas. About 2,000 employees and their family members marched from Public Garden to Martyrs memorial in support of Samme on Wednesday besides scores of rallies taken out by different caste groups and social organisations throughout the day.

In view of the attack on TNGO state president K. Swamy Goud, a team of employee leaders including district Employee JAC leaders had left Hyderabad.

SHRC asks DGP for abuse report

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday directed the Director General of Police to file his report on the alleged third degree treatment meted out to a Kakatiya University student, Mr Yakub Reddy, who is a T-agitation activist. The student was picked up following an attack on the minister, Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiahs house. The commissions acting chairperson, Mr K. Peda Peri Reddy, issued the order following a complaint by two advocates, Mr K. Govardhan Reddy, and Mr A. Anil Kumar, on Monday, after going through a sworn statement recorded by the Commissions Public Relations Officer, Mr T. Gopal Singh, who recorded the statement of the student, Mr V. Yakub Reddy, at the Yashoda hospital in the city on Monday.

The commission decided to issue the direction to the DGP following arguments by the Additional Advocate General, Mr D. Prakash Reddy. The complaint filed by the two advocates alleged that the student in question was subjected to severe third degree measures by various police officers in various police stations in the city. The Commission also directed the Warangal superintendent of police and the Kazipet DSP to file their reports by September 30, as the complainant alleged that he was tortured at the behest of the senior police officers in contravention to human rights. The student is currently undergoing treatment at Yashoda hospital.

Quash petition of ex-TTD staff admitted in HC

Justice Samudrala Govindarajulu of the AP High Court on Tuesday allowed two separate quash petitions by Mr A.V. Dharma Reddy, former joint executive officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and two other employees of his office. While allowing the petitions, the judge quashed the order of the second additional judicial magistrate court of Tirupati. The lower court earlier ordered to implead the JEO and the two employees as accused in the criminal case pending before him relating to illegal sale of Arjita Seva tickets.

Mr K. Rajendra Prasad of the city complained that one Mr L. Ramanaidu, an alleged broker committed fraud in obtaining seva tickets. During the trial the lower court passed the order by directing the police to add the JEO and his two employees as accused in the case Mr S.S. Prasad, senior advocate appearing for the JEO and the employees contended that there was no prima-facie case to proceed against them.

HC vacates stay on land for ORR

Justice R. Subhash Reddy on Tuesday vacated an interim order granted earlier with regard to acquisition of 6 acres at Ghatkesar for the Outer Ring Road project. The owners of land approached the court by contending that they had constructed godowns on the land and if they would be demolished their livelihood will be affected. However, the government contended that the acquisition was in accordance with the law and also that the land was indeed required for the purpose of the island at the ORR.

JNNURM project approved
Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy on Tuesday gave nod to the JNNURM housing project in over 65 acres in Kurmalguda of Saroornagar. The judge noticed while perusing the records that the government was claiming the ownership of the land based on records from 1955, whereas a petitioner claimed that the certification by the revenue authorities in 1998 was in his favour.

Auction of Turmeric stayed
Justice Nooty Ramamohana Rao on Tuesday stayed the auction of about 4,000 quintals of turmeric lying in the godowns in Guntur district. The judge was dealing with a petition by 17 farmers who had hypothecated their produce to the SBI, challenging the auction process by the SBI.

Top cop told to allow festival
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Tuesday directed the Hyderabad city police commissioner to allow Telangana Jagruthi headed by Ms K. Kavita to organise Batukammala Jatara on Tank Bund on October 4.

Warangal cops issued notice
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Tuesday issued notice to the Warangal police on a plea by Mr Yakub Reddy, a student of Kakatiya University challenging his alleged detention.

State passes G1 exam with flying colours

The first day of the Group-I main exams on Sunday went off peacefully in Hyderabad and Warangal centres in the Telangana region, and elsewhere in the state. Despite the contentious atmosphere in which it was held, the student turnout was actually higher than in the previous years.

The government had made unprecedented security arrangements at exam centres in the Telangana region to ensure the exams were not disrupted by pro-statehood activists. Despite candidates complaining of transportation problems on account of the Sakala Janula Samme, the highest attendance 69.45 per cent was recorded in Hyderabad and 66.96 per cent in Warangal.

The overall attendance in the state was 69.55 per cent, which was 20 per cent higher than previous Group-I main exams (38.09 per cent in 2005 and 53.05 in 2007). The exams will be held till October 3. The attendance was 68.33 per cent in Visakhapatnam, 71.25 per cent in Vijayawada and 71.46 per cent in Tirupati.

The situation was a little tense at the centre located in L.B. Nagar, when some T-lawyers tried to enter the centre to force postponement of the exam. The cops immediately took them into custody. They also took around 50 Kakatiya University students into custody in Warangal when they tried to disrupt the exam.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is under fire from within and outside the party for refusing to postpone the exam, is said to have expressed satisfaction over the smooth conduct of the exam.

He has asked the police and Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission to continue to focus on making foolproof arrangements for the rest of the exams.

KU silent on days lost

The Kakatiya University (KU) administration is yet to make a formal announcement on extension of their academic schedule to compensate the study days lost during Samme period from 18 September 18 to October 17. According to sources, the varsity administration has in principle decided to shorten both summer vacation from 45 days to 30 in addition to complete forgoing of Sankranti holidays except one day.

Besides shortening the vacation, the varsity administration has also taken a decision to make up the lost days by working on Sundays and Second Saturdays as well. This is likely to come into effect from October 30 Sunday.

The extension of the academic calendar would automatically stretch the examination calendar for all undergraduate, postgraduate, pharmacy and engineering courses, which have different academic calendars.

For instance, for KU PG courses, the exam schedule for first and third semester students is completed by November-December, while for second and fourth semester students would be completed by April-May.

However, in view of the differences in their calendar, the varsity administration is reportedly trying to synthesise it to utilise the services of teachers, who would now be available during holidays.

According to K. Sayyulu, KU registrar, the exam calendar is likely to be extended by a fortnight. However, we have not yet formalised the dates, he told this newspaper.

Meanwhile, there is still uncertainty on payment of salaries to varsitys teaching and non-teaching staff, who are in a confused state following the states decision to implement GO 177 (no work no pay principle). Though it is already five days since the varsity staff resumed work, they are yet to be paid the salaries of last month from September 1 to 17, for which they are entitled to be paid.

Following the pay revision, the varsity currently spends about Rs.5 crores towards salaries of teaching (` 3.5 crores) and non-teaching staff (Rs.1.5 crores). As the states grant remaining at ` 2.41 crores, the varsity is said to be under tremendous pressure to mobilise funds.

Rival tribals join hands for T fight

Bridging their differences temporarily for the sake of the ongoing Sakala Janula Samme, both rival Lambada and Adivasi tribals, known as Tudum Debba group, led a joint siege programme at the residence of IT minister Ponnala Lakshamaiah on Sunday.

Over 500 tribals led by Tudum Debba (a conglomerate of forest tribals) state vice-president Siddaboiyana Lakshminarayana and Banjara leaders, Porika Udaysingh Naik and Jai Singh Rathod, turned up in their traditional dress. A large number of Gond tribals too turned up for the siege.

The presence of a group of 50 Banjara women at the siege took the police personnel at minister Ponnalas residence by surprise when they started performing Dhaulo, a tribal tradition where women wail to recollect memories of a dead person, three days post death.

Addressing the gathering, Tudum Debba state vice-president S. Lakshaminarayana asked the Congress and TD leaders not to tour tribal thandas. Instead of fighting for Telangana, the minister is hiding in the US, he said. Earlier, a mammoth rally by tribals was flagged off by Prof. G. Bhadru Naik and Kakatiya University Employees JAC convenor G. Veeranna at Public Garden, which had a large number of Banjara women in attendance.

Elsewhere, coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti, 3,000 villagers in Mupparam panchayat in Dharmasagar observed a day-long hunger strike in support of the ongoing Samme.

The hunger strike camp was led by ex-sarpanch of Mupparam panchayat Ms G. Lakshmi. Earlier in the day, the 20th day of Sakala Janula Samme saw about 300 mutton shop owners from the tri-cities of Kazipet, Warangal and Hanamkonda take out a rally from Kazipet to Alankar theatre.

All the citys meat shop owners are on a four-day bandh in support of Samme.

Meanwhile, the district LPG dealers association led by its president M Srinivas Reddy has given a call for a partial bandh on Monday in support of Samme.

Wild plant in KU attracts butterflies

The Kakatiya Universitys department of botany has discovered a unique and wild growing plant species that is known to attract hundreds of colourful butterflies at the same time.

The Kakatiya Universitys department of botany has discovered a unique and wild growing plant species that is known to attract hundreds of colourful butterflies at the same time.

While the winged creatures are known to offer only fleeting glimpses when in the process of sucking nectar from flowers on ordinary plants, this particular plant offers one a rare chance to see butterflies sit through without any distractions. Named as Butterfly Plant (scientific name Crotalaria retusa), the wild growing plant was brought to the KUs botany department garden from Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra by retired botany professor Mr Vatsavaya S. Raju.

According to Prof Raju, presence of a type of alkaloids in the stem and leaves of Crotalaria retusa and Crotalaria Verrucosa plants attracts butterflies in large numbers.

The butterflies normally flock to flowers for nectar and thirst, however, the alkaloids present in the Crotalaria retusa wild plant acts as an intoxicant for them. Once they get addicted, they keep coming back to the same plant again, he explained, adding the families of Crotalaria retusa and butterflies share the common prefix Papilion.

Interestingly, besides the botany researchers, the plant has also caught the interest of KUs zoology department for the scope it provides to study the biodiversity of butterflies.

A team of zoology researchers led by Prof Ch. Sammaiah, KUs zoology department, has already identified 42 species of butterflies including the Blue Mormon butterfly, which is the largest to be found in Warangal with a wing size of seven cm. In particular, the Crotalaria retusa plant is mainly found to attract three species of butterflies like Blue Tiger (Tirumala limnace), Indian Common Core (Euploea Core) and Blue Butterfly, he said.

However, the plant is also sought after by other spec-ies of butterflies like Blue Mormon, Crimson Rose, Common Blue Bottle, Lime Butterfly, Copper White, Crimson tip etc. Besides pl-aying an important role in pollination of flowers, zoologists term sighting of butterflies a good sign showi-ng the health of the environment, as they are not found in polluted environments. Zoology research-ers have already suggested promotion of these two species of Crotalaria retu-sa and Crotalaria Verruco-sa wild plants to make ho-me gardens and open public places more attractive for the close association they share with butterflies.

KU sets new PhD norms

Kakatiya University (KU) authorities have tightened their PhD admission process to weed out non-serious students from taking a seat.

The revamped admission system is likely to affect political party affiliated pro-Telangana student leaders, who had successfully mounted pressure on varsity authorities last year, forcing it to reduce the qualifying marks in the PhD Eligibility Test, 2010.

It may be recalled that in this test conducted by KU in August last year, more than 70 per cent of the students out of 5,000 aspirants, had qualified for PhD programmes in 27 departments after student leaders forced varsity authorities to reduce qualifying marks.

However, as per the new criteria of admission put in place by the varsity administration, no weightage is being given to marks obtained by students in the eligibility test.

In contrast, marks weightage break-up for PhD admissions has been tilted towards the candidates academic performances and research potential.

This was done by fixing a scale with separate marks in undergraduate, postgraduate, research publication and interview performance. The maximum marks have been earmarked for the research proposal (25) and interview performance (15).

These criteria, sources said, would effectively weed out non-serious candidates opting for research work in the varsity and would help check draining of the varsitys resources.

However, by not awarding any weightage to those who have taken the Phd Eligibility Test-2010 seriously, it is being argued that some of them are set to lose a chance.

It is a mystery why the varsity did not follow the M.Phil admission system, where candidates with the highest marks are given preference. This was not the case for PhD admission, rendering our performance in the eligibility test meaningless, said K. Jagan Mohan, a Phd aspirant.

Meanwhile, the varsity authorities winded up PhD admission process for the Pharmacy department on Tuesday. Out of 25 vacant seats, counselling-cum-interview was held for 90 students.

KU detects fake marks memo

The Kakatiya University (KU) postgraduate admissions conducted during August-October last year has come under a cloud after varsity authorities stumbled upon the use of forged certificates for admission in the Geology department by a student.

Sources said that M. Vijender Reddy used a forged memorandum of marks certificate to gain admission in the Geology wing of the varsity, which has only 24 seats for postgraduate students.

In all, the varsity had notified about 1,000 seats for 2011-12 year for all its postgraduate courses in 25 departments on its campus. What is striking about the forgery episode is the use of latest technology in coming out with an exact replica of the original certificate using modern scanning equipment, pointing to an organised forged certificate racket in the varsity, said sources.

According to varsity sources, as against 62.3% mentioned in the original memo of the student Vijender Reddy, the latter showed 78% marks in the forged memo to gain admission. The forgery issue came to light after the varsity administration was alerted by different students organisations.

Meanwhile, the varsity administration is reported to be under pressure from student leaders to keep the issue under wraps by not registering a criminal case with Kakatiya University police. A good number of student leaders reportedly pressurised university college principal Prof. N. Ramaswamy in the campus to drop the police case on Saturday evening.

When contacted, KU registrar Prof. K. Sayulu said that the admission of the student concerned has already been cancelled after the KUs admission directorate alerted them to the use of forged certificates to gain admission.

However, we are yet to take a decision whether to lodge a criminal case against the student, Prof. Sayulu told this newspaper.

Besides this, it is pertinent to note that the varsity is yet to come out with foolproof admission criteria to fill the sports-NCC-NSS quota seats every year during PG admissions as many undeserving ones reportedly manage to reserve seats using fake certificates.

As per the present admission policy with regard to filling sports-NCC-NSS quota seats in all its 25 PG departments, sources said that the varsity is said to use a rotational policy, which means a postgraduate department can reserve one or two seats every year under only one category.

KU distance courses invalid

The Kakatiya University is running courses offered under its School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE) without getting mandatory approval from Distance Education Council (DEC), the premier statutory body that determines the standards of distance education systems in the country.

This fact is the best-kept secret at SDLCE in Kakatiya University, which has more than 50,000 enrolled students doing 31 undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses on offer in the distance mode, earning the much-needed revenue for the fund hit varsity.

A visit to the DECs website at www.dec.ac.in shows that ever since the establishment of the distance education statutory body, the varsitys SDLCE courses had only once obtained provisional recognition for the years 2007-8.

However, there is a gulf of difference between provisional recognition and actual recognition as the public notice in DEC website (http:--www.dec.ac.in-PublicNotice.htm) notes provisional recognition should not be construed to be in lieu of approval as it would be seen at variance with Section 22 of the UGC Act 1956. The consequence of absence of DEC approval for KUs SDLCE courses simply means that those who have obtained degrees through the distance mode are not eligible to apply for government jobs.

This fact is also warned in DECs website, which states that any degree-diploma-certificate offered through distance mode not recognised by the DEC shall not be accepted for employment in Government Services and the institution offering such programmes would face de-recognition.

Already, there are reports of SDLCE pass-outs from KU facing rejections from their prospective employers when they tracked DEC website to find lack of approval to the varsitys distance mode courses.

Interestingly, in the prospectus-cum-application printed by SDLCE for 2011-12 it omits the fact that its courses are not recognised by DEC, which is mandatory for any university is offering distance mode courses despite the fact that its regular courses may have recognition from University Grants Commission (UGC).

The DEC approval and UGC recognition are not one and same as the former is meant for distance courses while the latter is meant for universities offering regular mode courses.

Sources blamed the oversight on the part of the administration to official lethargy as varsity officials reportedly failed to a follow up after a high level DEC team visited the university during 2009-10 during the tenure of Prof. N. Vijaya, who was then SDLCE director.

When contacted, the KU vice-chancellor Prof. B. Venkat Rathnam, said, We recently received Rs.20 lakh funds from DEC, so we were under the impression that we have DEC approval. However, we will enquire and pursue the matter.

Student unions welcome SET

The states decision to conduct State Eligibility Test (SET) for lectureship in colleges and universities from this year has been welcomed by research scholars, student organisations, PhD holders and part-time-contract lecturers of Kakatiya University (KU), who see SET qualification an easy getaway to bag government jobs in varsities.

The states decision to conduct State Eligibility Test (SET) for lectureship in colleges and universities from this year has been welcomed by research scholars, student organisations, PhD holders and part-time-contract lecturers of Kakatiya University (KU), who see SET qualification an easy getaway to bag government jobs in varsities.

With the UGC 6th pay commission scale coming in force for varsity employees, there is now a tremendous demand for jobs for appointment of faculty posts in KU.

For instance, a KU professor now commands a monthly salary between Rs.80,000 and Rs.1.2 lakh as salary as per UGC scale, which is considerably higher what an average software engineer gets.

Now, following the states decision, they feel SET would be easier to clear compared to National Eligibility Test (NET). As of now, both SET and NET qualified candidates get extra marks for their qualifications during faculty recruitment process.

Incidentally, the SET is also likely to intensify the demand to put on hold any move to increase the present superannuation age of university teachers from the present 60 years to 65 years. This was one of the demands made by the AP Federation of University Teachers Association (APFUTA), whose members took up relay hunger strikes across all state varsities early this week.

Interestingly, a day before the SET decision by the government, the umbrella organisation of 12 student organisations of KU including Contract and Part-time Lecturers associations took up a counter protest demanding a roll back of superannuation age of varsity teachers from the present 60 years to 58 years.

The 12 KU student organisations include AISF, PDSU, MSF, TSF, SFI, TVV, NSUI, KULSA, VHPS, KVPS, TNSF and NPRD, whose representatives sat on a one-day dharna.

If the age of superannuation as demanded by APFUTA is increased from 60 to 65 years, it would increase the unemployment rate among highly educated youths, said student leader Mr Sadu Rajesh, while calling for a halt in any such move by the state. It is significant to note that in the last one decade from 2001-2011, a total of 939 candidates were awarded PhD degrees in different subjects from Kakatiya University alone.

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