Felicitation of octogenarian former professors marks the occasion
Andhra University, the oldest university in the State, celebrated its 91st Foundation Day on Tuesday.
On the occasion, the university administration felicitated all octogenarian former professors and non-teaching staff.
Narrating their experiences, many of them said they had the opportunity to meet and work with the founding Vice-Chancellor of the university C.R. Reddy and eminent professors, who later became Vice-Chancellors, such as V.S. Krishna.
Among them were the former Vice-Chancellors Koneru Ramakrishna and K.V. Ramana. “I met C.R. Reddy when I was a student of the university and was appointed as teacher during the time of Prof. V.S. Krishna,” Dr. Ramakrishna recalled.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Ramakrishna said that vacant teaching posts in the university should be filled up immediately and special tutorials organised to help the foreign students and students having backlogs, so that they can come up to the level of other students.
Prof. K.V. Ramana, demanded more autonomy for the university.
The teachers who were felicitated included Prof. S.S. Subrahmanyam, Chemical Engineering, Prof. Y. Sreeram Murthy, History and Archaeology, V. Bangareswar Sarma, Civil Engineering, Prof. D. Siva Prasad, Sanskrit and Prof. K. Sreerama Chandra Rao, Geology.
In the non-teaching category, A. Sankar Rao, T. Boji Rao, T. Suryanarayana Murthy, Kameswara Rao, Ms. Simhachalam and M. Laxmana Reddy, were felicitated.
Many of the former employees had to be assisted by the NSS and NCC volunteers to the dais.
Post felicitation, many of the current professors were seen paying respects to the older generation.
Recollecting their association, Prof. P.S. Avadhani, Vice-Principal of the AU Engineering College, said, “Prof. Bangareswar Sarma is a stalwart in his own right. He was not only an outstanding teacher in the Department of Civil Engineering, but a poet in Telugu and is proficient in the Russian language.”
Vice-Chancellor (in-charge) E.A. Narayana, in his address remembered Sir C.R. Reddy and Sarevepalli Radhakrishnan for their contribution to the university and said that the focus would be on developing new and innovative courses.
Registrar V. Uma Maheswara Rao, said that AU had many ups and downs, but it sailed through all difficulties and would also do so in the future.
All professors, principals of various colleges and students were present.