Andhra University students, staff miffed with TDP
Never in the past Mahanadu venue became so contentious issue for debate among the intellectuals and academicians. While few students protested and even one of them went to High Court challenging the choice of venue, TDP leaders felt they were doing a favour to the Andhra University by conducting Mahanadu.
Strongly condemn party senior leader MVVS Murthy’s comments
Visakhapatnam: Never in the past Mahanadu venue became so contentious issue for debate among the intellectuals and academicians. While few students protested and even one of them went to High Court challenging the choice of venue, TDP leaders felt they were doing a favour to the Andhra University by conducting Mahanadu.
With students upping the ante, TDP leader and president of GITAM University MVVS Murthy called AU a “Deyyala Kompa” (ghost town). He said the campus always had a haunted look and TDP did a favour by cleaning the grounds and bringing a festival atmosphere. While Murthy felt Mahanadu was an intellectual activity, the academicians thought it dented the image of varsity which had illustrious teachers like Dr CV Raman and Dr S Radhakrishnan.
It was alleged that the varsity authority gave the engineering college grounds for rent to secure funds as well as appease government.Speaking to The Hans India, Prof KS Chalam chairman of Institute for Economic and Social Justice lamented that varsities were no longer a place for intellectual activity.
Meanwhile, research scholar Janaki Ram R, who approached High Court against permitting political activity in the campus, went underground.YSRCP students union state president B Kanta Rao said the it was unethical on part of government, which banned student activities and elections in the campus, to conduct political events like Mahanadu.
“Research scholars in engineering college are having tough time in commuting and the whole atmosphere has been polluted,” he added.AP Universities Employees Union secretary Koti Reddy said that varsity should give three days holidays for the non teaching staff as they have been troubled in the name of security checks. SFI leader Priyanka alleged that AU campus has become a centre for TDP activities.
Secretary of AUTA Prof D V Ramakoti said that the association strongly condemned the statement by MVVS Murthy. “It shows his arrogance. As a founder of a varsity and being a former student of AU, he should not have made such comments,” he opined.