Andhra University is hosting a 10-day Inter-State Youth Exchange and Home Stay Programme being organised by the NSS Regional Office and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development from Wednesday, Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said.
Addressing media here on Tuesday, the Vice-Chancellor said that the youth exchange and home stay programme was being conducted to integrate the culture and youth of the nation by assembling NSS volunteers from different states of India.
He said 120 NSS volunteers representing Gujarat, Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura would participate in the programme. The volunteers would be able to exchange their ideas, share their experiences and understand various cultures and customs at the programme.
During the exchange programme there would be intellectual sessions, cultural programmes, rally, exposure visits to industries and historical places and home stay. As part of the programme the local volunteers would invite out station volunteers to their houses and provide food and accommodation for them. University Registrar K Ramamohana Rao, University NSS coordinator N.A.D. Paul and others were present.
Artist C. Sahiti explaining her artworks to Mavuri Venkata Ramana, MD of CMR Group, at her two-day exhibition of paintings at Visakha Museum in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. —Photo: K.R. Deepak
The innocence of a girl child and her impressions of the complex family system were reflected in subtle strokes of shades in the artworks of C. Sahiti at the two-day painting exhibition titled ‘My Hues’ at Visakha Museum. A graduate in fine arts from Andhra University, Sahiti’s paintings displayed at the exhibition are a compilation of two years’ hard work. “One can see the artist’s innocence and a reflection of self portrait through natural and animal forms in the paintings,” said Prof. V. Ramesh of Dept. of Fine Arts, Andhra University, who inaugurated the exhibition.
Ideas in different forms
Artworks done in the medium of acrylic on canvas and handmade paper, charcoal work and pen and ink drawings, Sahiti goes on a journey through the eyes of a girl child and presents her ideas in different forms.
“I particularly liked the painting of a tree with human faces peering out of the branches reflecting the dynamics of the family structure and the relationships shared,” said Mavuri Venkata Ramana, MD of CMR Group, who was the chief guest at the inaugural function.
Passionate about exploring the medium further, Sahiti hopes that her first painting exhibition will open wider avenues for the artist to showcase her works.
Need for visual culture
Explaining the need to give a platform to budding artists and inculcate a “museum-going culture” among Vizagites, Prof. Ramesh said that there should be sustained activity in the field of art to develop visual sensibilities and create a visual culture.
“To start with, the city should have a proper art gallery with a well-designed space for the artists to present their work.
The medium of art has evolved fast in India and gone beyond the canvas. There is plenty of scope for young artists to explore this space,” he added.
Sahiti’s painting exhibition is open to visitors on Sunday also from morning to evening.
Need for encouraging a “museum-going culture” among Vizagites stressed
Andhra University has recognised the Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences at Sangivalasa as a research centre. With the recognition accorded to the ANITS, its faculty members were eligible to guide research students and students could be permitted to join the ANITS to pursue their Ph.D. degrees, its Principal V.S.R.K. Prasad informed on Saturday. Secretary of ANITS V. Thapovardhan and Prof. Prasad thanked the AU for recognising the institute as a research centre .
Counselling for admission into M.Phil. and Ph.D. full-time programmes of Andhra University, based on the ranks obtained in the AU Research Common Entrance Test (AURCET) 2014, commenced here on Thursday.
Admission into science programmes started and Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju handed over the admission allotment letters to the first rankers admitted into food, nutrition and dietetics, geography and nuclear physics programmes. K. Suma Nandini, who secured first rank was given admission into full-time Ph.D. in food, nutrition and dietetics. Top rankers S. Ramakrishna and A. Tejaswi were given admission letters for geography and nuclear physics programmes by the Vice-Chancellor.
Director of Admissions O. Aniel Kumar, Associate Directors G. Nageswara Rao, Vazeer Mohammood and Ch. Appa Rao were present on the occasion.
Teachers should continuously update their knowledge to keep themselves abreast with the changing times, said Satavahana University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K. Veera Reddy.
Addressing teachers at an orientation programme held at Kakatiya University here, he said that nowadays, students learn many things from different sources unlike in the past, where the classroom was the only source.
To be a successful teacher, he or she should learn more and give more to the student. “Students are good in academics but character wise, they need to improve. The teachers should identify this aspect and help students develop a balanced personality,” he said.
The three-day orientation cum workshop on B.Ed Model Curriculum-2013 was jointly organised by Kakatiya and Satavahana Universities at Fatima College of Education.
It was presided over by Prof. B. Bhadraiah, the registrar of Satavahana University.
Prof. Bhadraiah appreciated the participants for taking part in the interactive session. He exhorted them to be prepared for the new curriculum and go beyond the textbook to earn respect and love.
KU board of studies chairman, Prof. S. Mahender Reddy, who is also the convenor of the three-day programme, said the orientation programme was held to introduce the new curriculum to the teachers. Subject experts from the SCERT and faculty from various universities attended the programme.
Others present include Prof. M. Shivarathnam Reddy, IASE, SV University, Prof. Nimma Venkat Rao, Dean, Faculty of Education, Andhra University and the Convenor of EdCET 2013, Prof. M. Komal Reddy, OSD and Dean CDE, Satavahana University and Prof. N. Ramnath Kishan, Dean, Faculty of Education, Kakatiya University.
‘Students are good in academics but character wise, they need to improve’
The Eisai Pharmatechnology and Manufacturing Ltd. of Visakhapatnam was selected for UBM India’s CSR activities award.
The UBM India awards have been instituted to honour the companies which have excelled in pharmaceuticals and contributed to the growth and development of the Indian industry and also the economy, according to a press release.
Women employees to be given training in personality development
Women’s contribution to mainstream of organisational development is bleak. Over a period of time, their personal preferences take over their professional demands dissuading them from climbing up the ladder, Director of Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh Centre for Women’s Studies (DDDCWS) B. Ratna Kumari said.
Addressing the gathering at a two-day workshop on ‘Women empowerment for organisational excellence’ organised by DDDCWS for the women employees of Naval Dockyard that began here on Tuesday, she spoke on gender sensitisation at length and said: “Unless women consider their career seriously and focus on upgrading themselves to meet the challenges, their potential continues to remain unrecognised.”
Additional General Manager of HRD at Naval Dockyard Commodore Vijay Bambal said: “This is the first of its kind workshop we are organising by tying up with Andhra University. Men and women are equal partners where development is concerned. It is our endeavour to create equal opportunities for women to grow in the organisation.”
Given an opportunity, women can excel in any domain they step into, Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University G.S.N. Raju said. “Women bear almost every responsibility of the family. Yet, it is unfortunate that most of them are deprived of education and better standard of living. The fact that we are protected by goddesses rather than the gods speaks about women empowerment. However, in this male-dominated society, women need to grab opportunities to prove their credentials.”
More than 35 women employees of Naval Dockyard were given tips by trainer Uday Kumar on personality development. According to him, understanding the organisational needs and upgrading oneself with the skill set will go a long way in achieving success. “We will be able to perform better in any company only when we feel responsible towards our job. Our success depends on how we utilise the given opportunity and build competencies,” he said.
Principal of AU College of Arts and Commerce D. Prabhakara Rao along with other invitees participated in the book release on Property Rights of Dalit Women: A Critical Analysis, written by Prof. Ratna Kumari and assistant professor in DDDCWS K. Mary Sujatha.
Second year examinations of MBA (hospital administration) course of Andhra University School of Distance Education, scheduled to commence on December 23 have been postponed due to Smaikyaandhra agitation and will be held from February 3 to 8, 2014, AU SDE Director N.L. Narasimha Rao informed in a press release on Tuesday.
Other details can be had by calling 9963474714, 0891-2754966 or 2550223 or by visiting AU SDE website andhrauniversity.edu.in/sde.
Atul Ojha a trainer from Cyber Cure Solutions conducted a workshop on Ethical Hacking in Andhra University. The workshop was jointly organised by Department of English, AU and AIESEC.
The event was inaugurated by G.S.N.Raju, Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University who said hacking has become a menace in today’s techno driven world and to curtail this problem, everyone should learn about cyber forensics.
Expressing concern over the rise in cyber crimes, Prof.Raju said that stringent laws should be enacted and implemented to overcome these cyber related crimes and added that ethical hacking was the best way to fight against cyber crimes.
In his workshop Mr. Ojha explained to the audience who a hacker was and what they actually do. He said that there is a misconception that hackers are bad people.
However, hackers are those who think out of the box and go beyond what the developer has though to make software safe and secure.
He opened the student’s eyes to cyber threat and gave examples as to how people can steal information online.
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The three-day 48th annual convention of the Computer Society of India (CSI) concluded here on Sunday with Director (Commercial) of RINL T.K. Chand who is the chairman of the Organising Committee stating that the conference had seven deliverables.
Of the 183 papers selected, 150 were presented in five parallel sessions. Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said that CSI was contributing immensely to the field of IT. The first chairman of CSI-Vizag chapter B.V. Srinivasa Rao and former CMD of RILN Y. Siva Sagar Rao were felicitated.
Director (Finance) of ECIL Kishore Rungta said the CSI was increasing awareness on IT among Indian citizens.CSI President S.V. Raghavan, Director (Projects) of RINL P.C. Mohapatra, General Manager (IT) K.V.S.S. Rajeswara Rao, H.R. Mohan and Convener of the convention Paramata Satyanarayana spoke.
Chekumuki Science Talent Test draws a number of students.
In an effort to promote scientific thinking and help students understand the application of science in almost every sphere of life, ‘Chekumuki Science Talent Test’ saw huge participation at Andhra University High School here on Sunday.
The one-hour district-level test, hosted by Jana Vignana Vedika, drew 162 schools with 210 teams, both English and Telugu mediums, together where around three students represented each school. The group-discussion based test consisted of 60 multiple choice questions related to physics, biology, chemistry and general knowledge.
After browsing through the science exhibits put up at the venue, Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said, “Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former Chief Minister of the State Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh achieved great heights in the field of science. Their constant endeavour to excel in the chosen domain made them discover interesting features of the subject. It is important to stay focused, manage time and explore beyond textbooks.”
Professor in Department of Physics, AU Poornachandra Rao explained about the relation of science in day-to-day life. “Getting the fundamentals right and imparting the subject in an experiential format continues to be a challenge for many teachers,” he said.
“Science is part of our life. The achievement of any developing country is measured through its scientific advancement. In terms of scientific contributions, India stands only 3 per cent as against 19 per cent of China. Lack of quality in the education system, poor infrastructure facilities and incompetent teaching methods are some of the aspects that need attention,” Registrar of AU K. Rama Mohana Rao said.
The celebration over here concluded with prize distribution ceremony where Principal of AU High School English Medium G. Vijaya Lakshmi and Headmistress of the AU High School Telugu Medium M. Manga Thayaru, president of Jana Vignana Vedika T. Kameswara Rao and secretary T.V. Gopala Rao also participated. The top winners in English and Telugu mediums from Little Angels School, MVP Colony and Visakha Vimala Vidyalayam will head to the State-level contest which is to be held in the month of January.
The 80th and 81st convocation of Andhra University will be conducted on February 10, 2014, said Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju here on Wednesday.
The decision to conduct the 80th and 81st convocations jointly was taken by the Executive Council during its meeting here on Tuesday.
The Executive Council also decided to extend the terms of Rector E.A. Narayana and Registrar K. Rama Mohana Rao by another year.
Notification for the 506 new teaching posts would be issued after receiving financial permission from the government, Prof. Raju said.
Some of the centres for Andhra University School of Distance Education’s II year B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. examinations, scheduled to commence on Wednesday have been changed, according to a press release from AU SDE Director N.L. Narasimha Rao on Tuesday.
The following are the centres opted by the students and the centre at which they have to appear for the examination: Dr. V.S. Krishna Govt. College, Visakhapatnam for B.A. and B.Com. examinations – AU SDE, AU campus; Ideal College, Kakinada for B.A. examinations – M.S.N. College, Kakinada; Ideal College for B.Com. examinations – Chaitanya Degree College, Kakinada, and Government Junior College, Pithapuram for B.A. and B.Com. examinations – Govt. Degree College, Pithapuram.
Other details can be had by calling AU SDE on 0891-2754966, 2550223, 99634-74712 or 98481-99155 or by logging on to its websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu.in/sde, the director said.
Candidates can get admission into M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes of Andhra University in its arts, science, engineering, pharmacy and law colleges under the extramural category, project fellowship and faculty development programme along with CSIR–UGC NET fellowship holders and Inspire and Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship holders.
Candidates must have 55 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA (50 per cent marks in case of SC/ST candidates) in the qualifying P.G. degree, Director of AU Directorate of Admissions O. Aniel Kumar said on Tuesday. The application form and the information brochure with details of eligibility criteria, admission procedure, etc., are placed in the A.U. websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu.
in/doa. Application form in duplicate along with a demand draft for Rs.1,000 drawn in favour of The Director, Directorate of Admissions, Andhra University payable at Visakhapatnam as to reach the Director of Admissions by December 23 without fine and Dec. 31 with a fine of Rs. 1,500.
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai and Department of Mathematics, Andhra University organised a two-week workshop- ‘Winter School on Measure Theory and Functional Analysis’ between November 25 and December 6.
K.Rama Mohana Rao, Registrar, A.U was the chief guest at the function and spoke about the importance of Mathematics in various disciplines and said that the objective of the winter school will be realised when the participants contribute a research paper based on the principles learnt in the school.
M.Krishna, the organiser of the winter school from I.M.Sc., Chennai spoke about the need to conduct such winter schools in academic institutions. N.V.E.S.Murthy, Chairman, BOS presided over the valedictory.
The lectures were delivered by.P.S.Chakraborty from I.M.Sc., Chennai on Probability Theory, G.C.Rao and G.V.R.Babu from Dept. of Maths., A.U. on Linear Algebra and Basics, A.Mohari from I.M.Sc., Chennai on Hilbert Space Theory, M. Krishna on Measure Theory S.Sundar from Chennnai Mathematical Institute, Chennai on Introductory Functional Analysis.
Molli Vasu Hemanth Kumar from ECE department, Coastal Institute Of Technology And Management, Kothavalasa was selected to be a part of the NTU Kakinada Kabaddi (Men) Team which will take part in the South Zone Inter-University Kabaddi Tournament to be organized by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur.
A Fresher Party was organised at Lendi college to break the ice between the new entrants and seniors .There was much excitement among the students and a variety of performances were staged. Chairman of the college P. Madhusudana Rao along with the Secretary K. Siva Rama Krishna and Principal V.V. Rama Reddy joined in the celebration and spoke to the students.
The cultural activities touched upon various themes like patriotism, culture, classical dance, and singing.
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B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. final year examinations of Andhra University School of Distance Education, scheduled to be held on December 6 and 7 have been postponed in view of a call for bandh given by Samaikyandhrapradesh agitators, according to Director N.L. Narasimha Rao in a statement here on Friday.
Other details can be had by contacting AU SDE on 0891-2754966, 2550223, 99634-74712, 98481-99155 or visiting websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu. in/sde.
Last date for submitting applications for admission into various courses of Andhra University School of Distance Education, without fine has lapsed but applications, except for the B.Sc. course, will be accepted with a fine of Rs. 200 till December 31, AUSDE Director N.L. Narasimha Rao said on Thursday.
AU SDE can be contacted for updates on 77200 57811, 77022 57813, 99634 74714, 0891-2754966, 2844142, 2550223 and the its websitewww.andhrauniversity.edu.in/sde, he added.
Gitam Institute of Management is organising its 15th Gitam Excellence Meet on December 6 and 7. Over 2,000 participants have already registered to participate in the array of competitions being organised.
Over 300 students from colleges outside the city will also be attending the meet. The entire event is being organised by the students under the guidance of their mentors so that they can learn how to conduct large events. Each of the 850 students of the institute will be given individual responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the event.
Chief Mentor K. Manjusree Naidu said that the students are handling all aspects of the meet right from finance, marketing to hospitality and they will gain immense exposure from the practical experience.
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Some 3,000 students are expected to participate in the two-day convention, the first of its kind being organised by the CSI in Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra University Vice-Chancellor and one of the Chief Patrons of the convention G.S.N. Raju told reporters on Tuesday that it was a matter of pride that a big convention was being organised in the city giving a good opportunity to students to listen to some of the best technocrats and learn from them.
The theme of the conference is “ICT and critical infrastructure.”
Convener of the Organising Committee Paramata Satyanarayana said the CSI was arranging free accommodation to 1,000 students to enable participation from students of other colleges and from rural areas.
He said as many as 20 colleges are coordinating the effort.
RINL CMD A.P. Chowdhary and JNTU-K Vice-Chancellor G. Tulasi Ramdas are the other two chief patrons of the convention.
Vice-Chairman of the Organising Committee and GM (IT) of the Steel Plant K.V.S.S. Rajeswara Rao, Chairman of the Programme Committee P. S. Avadhani and Student Convention Coordinator S. Sreenivasa Rao were present.
Registration for CSI student-members is Rs.500 and for non-CSI student members is Rs.600 and the last date for registration is December 5.
Around 3,000 students are expected to take part in the two-day meet
Following is Andhra University team for the South Zone inter-university kabaddi tournament for men to be conducted by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur from December 4, according to Director of Physical Education of AU: R. Venkata Satish (SKVT Collge, Rajahmundry), R. Appa Rao Dora (SSR GCPE, Gopannapalem), B. Sandeep (Govt. Degree College, Chintalapudi), P. Swamy and G. Rama Rao (Ideal College, Kakinada), Y. Narasinga Rao (SBVP Degree College, Mulagada, Visakhapatnam), K. Prasad (Dr. V.S. Krishna Govt. Degree College, Visakhapatnam), K. Trimurthy (SSSS Degree College, Vizianagaram), M. Muralikrishna and K. Ravi (SVVP VMC Degree and PG College, Visakhapatnam), R. Ravi (MR College, Viziangaaram) and B. Siva Reddy (SRVBSJB MR College, Peddapuram). Coach: N. Prakasha Rao and manager: G. Krishna Reddy (AU).
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As a schoolboy he had watched his seniors shooting arrows at an open space at Paderu, the revenue divisional headquarters of Visakha Agency and gained interest in the sport. Some years later, G. Bairagi Naidu, now doing second year B.Sc. at the Government Degree College at Paderu picked up a couple of medals at the junior national championship and set for a bright future.
At the just-concluded 36th junior national championships held at Kokrathar in Assam, Bairagi Naidu claimed gold in the 40 M Olympic round (elimination round) and silver in the 30 M round event. Earlier in the month he won gold medal in the 30 M senior national championship held in Jabalpur with a record breaking performance. His score of 344 out of 360 points was better than the 10-year-old record of 342 points.
Starting practising archery when he was in the 10th class might be a bit of late start but at Sriramamurthy Archery Association(SAA), run by P. Bhavan Shankar of Narsipatnam, to which his seniors like Sudhakar took him, helped him to hone his skills under SAA trained G. Lakshman and with support from PET T. Sadguru. His mother Satyavathi is looking after a two-acre land at Konthili, 7 km from Paderu and initially he had struggled to keep his interest in archery as there was not much support. However, principal of his college Sobha Rani and other lecturers contributed and presented him with four wooden bows, arrows and target stand.
A demo he and others presented on the RK Beach impressed the then Collector Lav Agarwal who had arranged four international standard recurve variety bows and arrows through the ITDA, Paderu. For him and others the authorities arranged food and stay at the Community Ashram School of Paderu. This facility was discontinued after February and when the full-time Project Officer for ITDA, Vinaychand, took charge, they approached him and he resumed the facility.
Bairagi Naidu participated in the State meets but was not successful initially.
But more hard work and training saw him achieving success. He understood what competition and atmosphere in the State and all-India meets when he participated in the mini sub-junior national championship at Vijayawada in 2009 and State meets and School Games competitions in different places.
He made his presence felt by missing bronze medal by just one point in the sub-junior national championship at Shillong in 2011 after finishing fourth in the State meet held earlier. He won gold in the State meet next year and was ranked fourth overall in the junior national championships held in Hyderabad. In the same year he was 13th in the overall rankings in all-India inter-university meet and reached semi-finals in the Olympic round. Later, he took 20th position in the senior national championships held in Raipur and lost in the semi-finals of the Olympic round.
“I need a good quality bow and arrows and good coaching,” says Naidu. And the local philanthropists are ready to fulfil his wish.
On Sunday, MD of CMR group M.V. Ramana donated Rs. 5,000 to the archer for his good show in the senior and junior championships and a badminton veteran player Usha Sree and her husband Ch. Ravi Naidu presented Rs. 1,116. At the felicitation function held at Andhra University, Ramana, chairman of the District Archery Association T.S.R. Prasad, secretary Satyanarayana and Director of Physical Education of AU M. Syambabu assured Bairagi Naidu that he would get an international quality bow, costing around Rs. 1.30 lakh, before the New Year.
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Post-graduate students of Andhra University School of Distance Education came out in flying colours getting several first classes. M.A. (Telugu) students topped with 741 first classes, followed by M.Com. (328) and Pubic Administration (250), Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said.
Speaking at the event Vice Chancellor G.S.N Raju said that Valmiki’s contribution to society was remarkable and significant and that his epic Ramayana was still relevant in society today and will continue to be in future as well.
He said that one should follow the principles and values depicted in the Ramayana as it shows the way forward for a family and society and stresses on ethics and values.
Andhra University has also introduced the subject “Ethics and Values” to mould the character of students and make them good citizens and contribute to a moral-driven society.
Rector A.Narayana, Registrar K. Rama Mohana Rao, Dean, Security and Sanitary Venkata Krishna, Sirla Shyam, Pithani Prasad, V.Syamsundara Naidu, Isakapalli Venkateswara Rao were among those who spoke at the function.
‘It shows the way forward for a family and society and stresses on ethics and values’
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