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Personality development course

Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Hyderabad, will conduct a ‘Personality Development Certificate Course’ from March 16.

For details, call 040-2762 7961



Art In Bottle @ Ramesh Raaj.

 chalk carving

Art in a bottleRamesh Raaja with a drawing of Somnathpura temple; (right) chalk carvingPHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Art in a bottle Ramesh Raja with a drawing of Somnathpura temple,PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Artist V. Ramesh Raaja’s Seven Wonders of the World are carved out of a chalk

It is your regular Gentamicin bottle but look closely and you will find the Seven Wonders of the World standing pretty inside the bottle. As one wonders how the seven wonders fit into an injection bottle, its creator, artist V. Ramesh Raaja, reveals they are all made of chalk. The Mahbubnagar-based artist-cum-drawing teacher has already made it to the India Book of Records for this piece of wonder.

Ramesh Raaja’s tryst with chalk began with Hyderabad. “I casually carved a Charminar out of chalk and inserted it inside an injection bottle,” he recalls. The appreciation he received for this piece of work encouraged him to think big. “I decided to create something which is universally loved and celebrated all over,” he says. He chose the Seven Wonders of the World and worked on it for three days. “It is not easy to work with a chalk— it is fragile and can break easily,” he says. He created different elements of the seven wonders, delicately bonded them with a fevicol and inserted them in a bottle. “While the bottle’s total height is 3.3 cm, its inner height is 2.25 cm; lid diameter is 0.75 cm and inner bottom diameter is 1.4 cm. You can imagine how careful one has to be while inserting the creations. Among the seven wonders, the statue of Christ the Redeemer was tough to create as the hands, hair and beard of Jesus had to be created separately and joined,” he remembers.

This Gentamicin bottle with its Wonders was Ramesh’s constant companion until he got an entry in the record books. “I used to carry it in my pocket and show it to friends. After the recognition, I realised it is a prized possession and needs to be treated with care,” he smiles.

As an artist Ramesh works with different media like canvas and oil, acrylics, pen and watercolours. His interest lies in traditional subjects like mythology, nature and temples in India. “Fascinated by our culture, foreigners leave the west and come to India to spend some time here. But we Indians are indifferent and neglect our rich tradition,” he rues.

His works Ajantha 19th cave, an exquisite drawing of Somnathpura, Gomateshwara temple, Ekashila ratham are all unique works of art. “The viewer might not notice it but one has to understand the structure well to draw a temple and get its symmetry,” he says. Besides Hyderabad, the artist has shown his works in Mumbai, Aurangabad, Anantapur and Jadcharla. On a parting note he says his dream is to be known as a ‘great traditional artist.’

Solitary bliss

A WHITE PATCH IN A GREEN FIELD:A crane seems to be enjoying the perfect ambience of a paddy field near Gandipet on Saturday.- PHOTO: K. RAHUL KUMAR
A WHITE PATCH IN A GREEN FIELD:A crane seems to be enjoying the perfect ambience of a paddy field near Gandipet on Saturday.- PHOTO: K. RAHUL KUMAR

Green merchants

Children of a private school trying to promote the ‘go-green’ concept at a makeshift Rythu Bazaar set up on the school campus in Hyderabad on Thursday.- Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Children of a private school trying to promote the ‘go-green’ concept at a makeshift Rythu Bazaar set up on the school campus in Hyderabad on Thursday.- Photo: Mohammed Yousuf


Entrepreneurs told to adopt lateral thinking

Lateral thinking is entrepreneurial spirit, said Pradeep Racherla, Director of the Postgraduate programmes in Woxen School of Business, Hyderabad, on Friday.

Imparting liberal tips on “Strategy of Being an Entrepreneur” to students of V.R. Siddhartha College of Engineering, at a programme organised by the Entrepreneur Development Cell (EDC) of the college, Prof. Racherla said entrepreneurial skills were needed not just to start an industry but it was equally important for those associated with the industry.

‘Lateral thinking’ is the mantra, he emphasised, adding that one needed to look at every problem with lateral thinking to be able to solve the problems of the clients.

Useful tips

Desisting from lengthy unexciting speech, he engaged the participating students in an interesting interactive session punctuated with exciting activities.

For instance, he asked a few students among the audience to form a group and communicate without using words. It did not take the students very long to comprehend what he was hinting at.

Training them on how to do things in a different and a better way, he also gave them tips on how one could make ID cards more interesting rather than focussing on the ornamental aspect.

College Principal and Director K. Mohan Rao, Head of the CCE Department K. Ramakrishna, HoD, MBA, L. Anuradha, EDC coordinator B. Naga Prasuna and others were present.


  •  One needs to think out of the box to be able to solve the problems of the clients, says expert
  • He engages participants in an interesting interactive session punctuated with activities


City girl selected for archery tourney

RINL Senior Manager (Finance & Accounts) Sureddy Krishna Mohan’s daughter Geethika has been selected for national level archery tournament (under-14 year category) to be held in January.

She has secured 550 points out of 660 and annexed a bronze medal at 59th State Level School Games Federation of Andhra Pradesh District Archery Tournament-cum -Selections conducted at Guru Vidhyalaya High School, Hyderabad.


GITAM seminar on aircrafts today

A seminar on modern aircraft systems would be held at Hyderabad campus of the GITAM University at Rudraram on Monday and Tuesday. Padma Bhushan V.K. Saraswath, Aeronautical Society of India, Hyderabad Chapter would attend the programme as the chief guest.



Cycle champ completes ride

Physically-challenged cyclist Aditya Mehta completed his cycle ride from Kashmir to Kanyakumari on Friday.

Silver medallist

A silver medallist at Asian Para Cycling Championship, Mehta began his journey from Kashmir on November 7. He is a member of Hyderabad Bicycling Club.




GITAM admission test to be held from April 17

Last date for submittingapplications is March 31

GAT 2014, the online GITAM Admission Test for admission into GITAM University’s B.Tech., B. Pharmacy and M.Tech. programmes will be conducted from April 17, 2014, Vice-Chancellor G. Subramanyam announced at a press conference here on Wednesday.

The test, lasting two hours and consisting of three papers of 100 marks each, would be held at 36 centres across the country and a candidate fulfilling the eligibility criteria can choose his or her test centre and date. The score would be known immediately after completing the test. Admission would be into the programmes being conducted by GITAM University at its campuses here and at Hyderabad and Bangalore. Twenty-five per cent of seats were reserved for meritorious students from Karnataka State for admission at Bangalore campus.

First rank holders of the Central and all State Board examinations held in 2014, equivalent to 10+2 would be given admission into the B.Tech. programme of their choice without appearing for the GAT if they fulfil the eligibility criteria, Prof. Subramanyam said. However they have to submit an application seeking admission into B.Tech. programmes of the university.

In the case of M. Tech. programmes, candidates with GATE qualification were exempted from appearing for the GAT 2014, but they have to submit application for admission.

GAT 2014 notification was placed on the GITAM University website with complete details of courses, eligibility criteria, etc. and the application form can also be downloaded. The application forms were also available at select branches of Union Bank of India, Indian Bank and Karur Visya Bank and can be obtained through post by sending a requisition with details of the candidate to the Director of Admissions with a DD for Rs. 1,100 (Rs. 700 for girls) on or before March 31.

The application form has to be sent to the Director of Admissions, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam-530 045 on or before March 31 along with a demand draft for Rs. 1,000 (Rs. 600 in case of girl candidates) from any scheduled bank, drawn in favour of GITAM University and payable at Visakhapatnam.

Fee exemption

Tuition fee would be exempted for the top 10 rankers of the GAT for the first year and would be continued depending on the student’s performance during the subsequent years. Merit-cum-means scholarship of Rs. 2,000 a month would be awarded to 5 per cent of the students in each department, depending on the merit of the student and his or her parents’ income.

Pro Vice-Chancellor D. Harinarayana, Registrar M. Potharaju, Admissions Director K. Narendra, Principals of GITAM Institute of Technology and Pharmacy Lakshmiprasad and Ganapathi respectively were also present.

The following are test centres: Anantapur, Bellary, Bangalore (city), Bangalore (GITAM campus), Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Chittoor, Davangere, Guntur, Guwahati, Hubli, Hyderabad (city), Hyderabad (GITAM campus), Jamshedpur, Kadapa, Karimnagar, Khammam, Kolkata, Kurnool, Mangalore, Mysore, Nagpur, New Delhi, Nellore, Nizamabad, Patna, Pune, Raichur, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudem, Tirupathi, Tumkuru, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, and Warangal.



Hyderabad Book Fair from December 7

National Book Trust – India is organising the Hyderabad Book Fair from December 7 to 15 at NTR Stadium. Governor E.S.L. Narsimhan will inaugurate the fair.

Free training

GITAM University’s Hyderabad Business School will organise a workshop on ‘MS Excel’ on its Sangareddy campus on Dec. 7. For details: contact 96184 77011/22


Selection trials

The selection trials for men’s cricket team of Dr. NTR UHS will be held at Siddhartha Medical College on Friday and Saturday. Aspirants from medical, dental, Ayurvedic, homoeopathic, Unani, and physiotherapy colleges have to report to the PD of the college by 10 a.m. on Friday.



Para-Cycling Champ makes …

Aditya MehtaAsian Para-Cycling Championship silver medallist Aditya Mehta was on Tuesday felicitated for successfully completing 2500 kilometres of his cycle ride from Kashmir to Hyderabad, en route to Kanyakumari.

Recevied in city

He was received by Special Chief Secretary, Tourism and Sports, Chandana Khan at the Gachibowli Bike Station here.

GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar was among the host of other dignitaries who was present on the occasion.

Speaking at the event, which was being held on the occasion of World Disability Day, Mr. Mehta said the countrywide trip was a great experience, with the stretch from Jammu to Kashmir being the hardest, the temperature there being as low as minus four degrees.

Mr. Mehta began his journey from Kashmir on November 7, and has been cycling for the last 25 days, having travelled through Jammu, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gwalior, Nagpur, etc. and covering 2,500 km before reaching Hyderabad on December 1.

He is expected to wrap up the ride by reaching Kanyakumari – another 1,100 km – in the next 10 days, clocking 180 kilometres a day on an average.

Also present on the occasion were APIIC Managing Director Jayesh Ranjan, Hyderabad Metro Rail MD N. V. S Reddy, and Hyderabad Bicycling Club chairman D. V. Manohar.


Asian para-cycling silver medallist Aditya Mehta is on a 3,600-km trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari


‘Youth have a big role to play in nation-building’

Youth have an important role in building the nation and Indian youth, who constitute a large section of the population, have to understand this, DIG of Maharashtra police and former DIG of CBI (Hyderabad) V.V. Lakshminarayana said while addressing the students of Sri Prakash educational institutions at Payakaraopeta on Monday.

He cited the example of young generation of Japan which made the country strong after it was devastated during the II World War. He loved students and so far had met 1.60 lakh of them, and would like to meet more and interact with them to inspire them to be productive citizens, Mr. Lakshminarayana said.

“Be proud of being an Indian. Many outsiders look up to India for inspiration….. Realise your own potential,” he said. Students of Sri Prakash’s degree and other colleges and schools vied with one another to get Mr. Lakshminarayana’s for autograph after he finished his speech. Earlier he was accorded a traditional welcome by the students and teachers. Senior principal of Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan M.V.V.S. Murthy was present.



College wins laurels at ‘Yuvatharangam’

The Government Women’s Degree and Post Graduate College in Karimnagar town has won four first prizes in the “Yuvatharangam”, an initiative to create excellence in higher education, by the Commissioner of College Education recently in Hyderabad.

The College bagged the State best women empowerment cell in recognition of its activities for the welfare of women students.

The college also bagged first prize in kho-kho, first prize in highest marks in BA and History subject respectively. College principal P. Ramesh received the awards from Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty, according to an official release here today.


College bagged the State best women empowerment cell in recognition of its activities for the welfare of women students




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