Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy wished Andhra University to be one of the five best universities in the country. He was the chief guest of the Andhra University Alumni Conference – Waves 2019, which was held on Friday evening at the AU Convention Center on Beach Road. Earlier, University founder Vice Chancellor Kattamanchi Ramalingareddy paid homage to the statue. Addressing the alumni, the CM said that there is a need to strengthen the alumni associations. Alumni are called upon to come forward to support the University, which they have educated and are the cornerstone of their progress. Andhra University is considered as a temple of educators. It is suggested to dream and work towards achieving them.
CM YS Jagan recalled that Suresh, who was a minister of education in his cabinet, was a Dalit and turned into an English medium in his seventh grade and became an IRS officer. All his quest and perseverance is excellent. Seeing this, he was appointed Minister of Education. He said delay in the recruiting process of vacant 459 professors at Andhra University come to his notice.
Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister A Suresh said, “The State government is keen on bringing in revolutionary changes in the education system, equipping the students with renewed skills. From the introduction of ‘Amma-Vodi’ Scheme to the shift to English medium of instruction and changes in the higher education system, every step aims towards transforming the education system which is going to see a new dawn in the coming years.”
Founder chairman of the Alumni Association, Grandi Mallikarjuna Rao, said that Andhra University is stepping towards the turn of the century. The alumni community outlined the evolving developments. The people are lucky that the state has a chief minister who promotes education. Teaching English medium is a good decision. Describing the difficulties of the early days of engineering, coming from a rural background. The English language is a bridge to higher opportunities.
AU Vice-Chancellor P V G D Prasad Reddy said there were more than 100 historic buildings in the University campus which needs to be refurbished. He appealed to Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to help provide funds to refurbish these buildings under Nadu-Nedu scheme.
A souvenir was launched on the occasion by the AAA. Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, MP M V V Satyanarayana, District in-charge Minister K Kanna Babu, District Collector V Vinay Chand, among others were present.