Inclusive growth through educational reforms: APSCHE Chairman
In tune with the changing scenario in an era of globalisation, the formulation of major reform and its implementation alone will yield the fruits in higher education in the state of Andhra Pradesh, said Prof L Venugopal Reddy, Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education.
Delivering the 104th Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture on 'Higher Education in Chittoor District- Achievements and Future Agenda for Inclusive Growth', at the Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award presentation function, organised by Tirupati-based Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), an NGO here last night, Prof Venugpal Reddy opined that the Chittoor district was very suitable in all respects for setting up the Central University, since the district is bordering with the capitals Bangalore and Chennai of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states.
Exploring ample opportunities for the overall development of Chittoor district, particularly in higher education, software and industrial sectors, Prof Venugopal Reddy lamented that the practical and applicable perspective plan and its implementation are the key factors in delivering the expected outcomes, for immense benefit of the student community.
"In this exercise, the maximum extent utilisation of human resources, creating more avenues for entrepreneurial activities and identifying the required financial sources in the district are the challenging tasks to the policy makers," he said.
Reviewing the existing educational system in Chittoor district, Prof Venugopal Reddy praised the noble initiatives of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in set-up the various educational institutions way back in the year 1868 and 1976 at Tirupati and Vellore.
Similarly, he appreciated the Besant Theosophical Society's wise decision, under the guidance of noble lady Dr Anniewood Besant to set-up the BT College at Madanapalle in the year 1915. With these successive models only, today, the Chittoor district was having seven universities and a large number of reputed colleges and institutions of higher learning, next to Hyderabad capital city, he added.
On the occasion, former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Dr Agarala Easwara Reddi has conferred the Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award for 2013, which was instituted by AGRASRI, on Prof L Venugopal Reddy, in recognition of his accomplishments and achievements in higher education.
Prof S Jayarama Reddy, Chancellor of Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Maha Viswa Vidyalaya, Kancheepuram, participated in the event as Guest of Honour.
Prof W Rajendra, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Venkateswara University, presided.
Later, the Vice-Chancellors of Sri Krishandevaraya University, Anantapur (Prof K Ramakrishna Reddy), Sri Padamvathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Tirupati (Prof S Ratha Kumari), Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (Prof W Rajendra), Past-President of the Indian Science Congress (Prof Rallapalli Ramamuthy), Ex Member of Yogi Vemana University Executive Council, Kadapa (DVS Chakravarthy Reddy), and Former Registrar of Vikram Simhapuri University, Nellore (Prof V Narayana Reddy) spoke on the head and heart of Prof Venugopal Reddy, as committed educationalist and reformer.
A large number of former Vice-Chancellors, Registrars, former Registrars, Professors, Principals, Correspondents, Advocates, Students from various Universities and Colleges participated in the award function.
(Posted on 02-04-2014)