Author: Akbar Khan

Independence Day 2015 celebrated

Ankitha Naishadham After a long struggle of more than 150 years our nation had its first breath of freedom at the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947. The moment for which millions of sons and daughters of this land laid down their lives was finally in the frame of history. And this moment was engraved in the book of history in golden letters through the words of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the man destined to lead the new born nation. And from that day, August 15 is not just a date but an emotion for every Indian. From its establishment in 1974, University of Hyderabad celebrates this day with all its glory. This year too, the celebrations were carried out in a grand manner. First the National flag was hoisted at the Golden Threshold, the initial campus of the University, by Vice Chancellor R.P. Sharma at 8.40 am. The main celebrations were held at Gurbaksh Singh Maidan in the University campus at 9.40 am, in the presence of students, faculties and non teaching staff. The Vice Chancellor delivered his Independence Day message following the flag hoisting and national anthem. In his message Prof. R.P. Sharma described ‘Team UoH’, comprising the students, faculties, staff and all the members of University, as the driving force behind the university scaling newer heights. He also pointed out that the cordial relation between each...

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I AM…..

Nidheesh Kumar P.R.   I am – Ashok E. Age – 15 years. I do – Construction work at Zakir Husain Lecture Hall complex, University Of Hyderabad.   Family I was born and brought up in a poor family at Kondapur. My father Keshavulu and mother Chinnamma are farmers. Last year, we suffered huge loss in agriculture. We were facing with large amount of debt. We had to repay a lot of money. In order to repay, we searched for some other work. Finally, we migrated from village and got shifted to HCU campus. We’ve been involved in this work since last January. Studies I finished my ninth standard, last year at Kondapur Jilla Parishad High School. Then I had to drop-out for assisting my family, to repay the debt. But it doesn’t mean that I have quit my studies. I continue to read my subjects daily. Once the debt amount is repaid, I will continue my studies with specialization in Physical Science.   Work My work usually begins by 8:00 in the morning. I’ve to assist all the main workers. The workload here is hectic. I hardly find time to take rest. I earn Rs. 250 a day and give the full amount to my father, so that we could clear the debt as quickly as possible. I am the youngest person working here. I enjoy all the...

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Students suffer, hostels’ stench

 Ch. Sandeep Manohar The recently earned Visitor’s Award for theBest Central University of India by the University of Hyderabad (UoH), seems questionable with onelook at the state of toilets and washrooms in the campus. In most of the hostels, students are facing lack of clean toilets; most of the doors and showers in washrooms are broken and electric wireshanging on the walls, while taps and flushes are absent in many toilets. Students are now running out of patience trying to convince the authorities to fix the problem. Ladies hostel students added that there is intolerable stench emanating from many toilets which are mostly located near their rooms. Adding to that, the toilets have inadequate water supply. The wardens of the hostels, who are tasked to sort such issues, have left them in pathetic condition, the students complain. Even after repeated complaints by students about their misery to authorities,  welfare department officials are maintaining their standard reply of ‘actions will be taken very soon’. Regarding the poor sanitation facilities in the hostels both the wardens say that necessary steps will be taken. While Rani Ratnamala, Warden of Ladies hostel said, “Everything cannot be changed overnight. Yes, there are some sanitation problems with ladies hostels. Being a warden I cannot solve all the problems. I have forwarded many letters to the administration office, it is in process, and it takes some time.”...

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Freshers meet & greet

Shaima Mansoor   The Vice Chancellor, Prof R.P Sharma, welcomed the fresh batch of students at the Freshers’ Meet at DST auditorium on August 18. He said that a good institution can make a good career and therefore the main objective of students at the University should be ‘learning’. C.V. Anand, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad Commissionerate, and Mr Shashidhar Reddy, Joint Commissioner of Police, Madhapur Zone, were chief guests for the occasion. Anand praised the University for being ranked among the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. He wished to see peace prevail over the campus and hoped that students would not do anything that would need intervention from his department.  Shashidhar Reddy, who also happens to be a University alumnus, turned nostalgic and reminisced his days on the campus. He asked students to concentrate on their education and work towards achieving their parents’ aspirations. Devash Nigam, Joint Registrar, Acads & Exams, announced that there were 1968 new students enrolled in 110 courses from 12 schools. Shree Gyanmote, a member of the 15 member GS-CASH committee, assured students that the board was committed to make the University free of sexual harassment. She urged them to know their rights, protect themselves and complain about any sort of unwelcome behaviour immediately for the issue to be addressed. Dr T R Anupama Rao, a member of the Anti-smoking Committee, mentioned the...

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Sports glitz on campus

Digavalli Pavan Good news for the sports lovers. University of Hyderabad has set its priority high in providing infrastructure for sports. A new basketball court and two volleyball courts are being constructed at south campus. The university released Rs. 35 lakh fund for the construction of these facilities and taking care in making them at par with international standards and quality which is first of its kind in the state and amongst the best courts in India. “These courts are supposed to complete by this month. But, due to intermittent rains, construction work is being delayed. We have been waiting to continue further works to move on and expecting to complete in two months,” said Dr. K.V. Raj Shekar, Asst. Director, Physical Education. “I am so happy for this new basket ball court. We need to practice in a proper place like this,” says Samuel Anurag, Ph.D. scholar, Captain, UoH basket ball team. The team beat Annamalai University team in last year Inter University tournament, South India, a huge achievement for the university basket ball team. Soon, the sports lovers in the campus can put this courts to great use for serious training or just unwind and indulge in their favourite sports. The addition of these new state of the art sports facilities is now all set to up the sports quotient of the university. Also Read: India clinches...

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A night of cultural spectacle

Becky Shaju Mathew  Yamini 2015, an overnight classical concert was held on eve of the Independence day at DST auditorium in University of Hyderabad. ‘Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth’ (SPICMACAY) joined hands with the University for the fifth time to hold the concert, in memory of former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, as part of the cultural movement they seek to initiate. The event was inaugurated by Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, E.S.L. Narasimhan. The Governor expressed his happiness that the concert was dedicated to Dr. Kalam, a music aficionado and a veena player himself. Prof. R.P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad addressed the gathering and acknowledged the need for the country’s youth to be more proactive in celebrating the priceless cultural heritage of our country. He also appreciated the effort of the organizers and student bodies in organizing such an event which helps in portraying the cultural tapestry of India. The concert kicked off with a stellar performance by renowned Bharatanatyam dancer Vidushi Rama Vaidyanathan followed by a mesmerizing recital by internationally acclaimed violinist Vidushi A. Kanyakumari. Sikkil C. Gurucharan, grandson of Sikkil Kunjumani entranced the audience with his Carnatic vocals. Pt. Nityanand Haldipur’s Bansuri recital and Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar’s Drupad vocals were magical to listen to in the early morning hours. The jam packed auditorium that mainly consisted of...

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Are you job ready?

Ankitha Naishadham The job fair conducted by the University last year was successful. More than half of the students got selected by the top notch companies. Starting with an annual package of Rs. 4.5 lakh, the emoluments touched highest at Rs. 7.2 Lakh offered by Cavium Networks. This was a first time in the history of the University when a placement drive was organised. This academic year is also set to experience much more upshot as the placements have already begun. Speaking about the job fair, University PRO Ashish Jacob Thomas said, “The overall response was positive but it seemed like there was a lack of interest on the part of the students. About 600 students registered for the job fair but only 200 turned up”. He also added that “Students should improve their soft skills as it is the first thing recruiters look for in the candidates.” As last year was the first time the University organized the drive, arrangements were delayed and as a results only a few companies were able to visit the campus. Keeping in mind last year’s shortcoming, Upendra, placement cell advisor said, “We have already started the process. With full support and co-ordination from the faculty and students we are planning to conduct the job fair in October or November this year”. On 12th August Tera Data visited the campus and recruited 4...

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Women of University welcome ‘Ashada’

Rucilli Women from all different departments, schools and administrative sections of the University of Hyderabad came forward to celebrate Mehendi function as a part of rituals performed in the month of Ashada. The women’s forum of the University of Hyderabad organised a Mehendi function on 7th August 2015 at Women’s Forum hall located near Administrative block. Around 70 to 80 women from the University participated in the auspicious function and adorned their hands with Mehendi. Aasma Begum, an 18 year old Mehendi  applier, painted the palms of the participants with intricate designs. According to Vijaya Reddy, President of Women’s Forum, UoH, the main objective of this function has both scientific as well as a ritualistic significance. The fourth month of the Hindu calendar, Ashada, marks the end of summer and the beginning of the monsoon. Applying Mehendi  absorbs the body heat and thus helps women to cope with this drastic climatic change. The Women’s Forum of UoH have been organising the function since last year. Bedapati, member of  Women’s forum stated that for the next year they are looking forward to organize the event on a larger scale and with more participants. With all the women laughing, chatting and having a good time while having their palms painted, the event had an air of festivity. Talking about her experience of participating in the function, UoH staff member, Manjula says, “It was...

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In the memory of Philip Hughes…

Siddharth Suresh Philip Hughes Cricket Club was formed in the University of Hyderabad by three cricket enthusiasts on 28th July in memory of the late cricketing legend Philip Hughes. Mahesh Kumar Golla, Santosh Chintada, Naresh Nandoori laid the foundation of this new cricket club. The club was formed to bring together all cricket enthusiasts to enjoy the Gentleman’s game. From a three member group, the club has grown into fifty members within a time span of one month. Mahesh who himself is a cricket player for the University says, “there are lots of budding talents in the University but everything gets wasted as there is no interest shown from the University authorities in providing them with basic facilities and there is an overall negligence shown towards sports”. The sole purpose as he says is to let the authorities be aware of this situation and bring about some changes through this new initiative. When asked why not an Indian player’s name but why go for a foreign player, Mahesh replied that “cricket is not just about a nation, it’s above that and as a cricketer I know it well”. Philip Hughes was not one among the cricket legends, but still he was a rare talent and he died on the pitch which he loved the most. This prompted them to go forward with the name. The club has already organised a match for visually challenged students on the 1st and 2nd of August in which...

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Blood Donation Camp at Kendriya Vidyalaya

Sunderlal Raja As part of the Independence Day celebrations and as a tribute to millions of freedom fighters, Kendriya Vidayala in the University campus organized a blood donation camp in the school premises. The camp was inaugurated by the school principal V. Jayabal, at morning hours on 15th August. The blood donation camp was held in association with Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM). The school organised the blood camp in an attempt to deliver a message on the importance of blood donation to the youth. “Though my school students can’t donate their blood now because of age constraints, through this camp they will get to know the importance of blood donation and by the time they reach 18 they will proudly come forward to donate their blood”, said Jayabal. The students went around the campus and requested people to come and donate blood. They were seen distributing pamphlets in the Gurbaksh Singh Ground area and were informing others about the importance of blood donation. Many students even brought their parents to be a part of this initiative. Members of the University NCC division were seen donating their blood in large numbers. For the blood donors, IPM handed over certificates and a blood donation card which can be redeemed in hospitals for one unit of any blood group. On speaking about the experience of organizing the camp, the school principal...

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