Venkaiah Naidu paying tributes to Alluri Seetharamaraju in Visakhapatnam, on Saturday
Venkaiah Naidu paying tributes to Alluri Seetharamaraju in Visakhapatnam, on Saturday

Visakhapatnam: It’s a moment of nostalgia on pleasant Saturday evening for scores of Andhra University (AU) alumnus, including prominent personalities, politicians, bureaucrats, engineers, industrialists, advocates and scientists, who all congregated at AU Convention Centre at the scenic Beach Road in the city for the much-awaited AU Grand Alumni Meet.

Harping on their fondest memories as students at Andhra University, one of the oldest university’s alumni walked into the hall with a sense of pride as their fellow alumnus – Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu - reached to greater heights in life. Recalling the glorious past of Andhra University, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu wished the university shall focus more on research to improve its academic standard for nurturing another generation of bright students.

Speaking at the grand alumni meet of AU here in Visakhapatnam city on Saturday evening, Venkaiah Naidu noted that the varsity has to lay stress on improving the research quality to come up with solutions for a range of troubling issues.

Asking the university heads to go the extra mile, Venkaiah Naidu said the university should aim for achieving NAAC A++ grade. Highlighting the importance of education and teachers in the society, the Vice-President floored the gathering with his stellar speech. “Google can never replace Guru (teacher). A guru gives not mere knowledge, but gives insights and imparts values too,” he said.

“Few sections in society have been fuelling the unrest in the universities for their selfish ends and tarnish the image of the great nation. Students should not get influenced by the ideas of the anti-social elements and their focus is always on education and research,” Naidu appealed to the students.

M Venkaiah Naidu, who is alumni of AU, spent some time in his classroom at AU College of Law and shared his memories with his friends (classmates) here at AU campus on Saturday. Saying that teachers (professors) of AU played a vital role for his growth, Naidu shared his experience with students of Law College.