At the outset, let me thank, in all earnestness, the Providence for giving me an opportunity to serve Yogi Vemana University in the capacity of Vice- Chancellor. I thank the Chancellor of the University for reposing faith in me and entrusting me the responsibility of steering the university towards academic progress. You are all aware that the university was established along with a few other universities in 2006 by an act of legislation. A new institution is bound to face challenges and every challenge I believe is an opportunity to strengthen the conviction to renew professional spirit and academic tempo. Fortunately, compared to some newly established universities in the state, this university made rapid strides and accomplished considerable success in terms of securing 2(f) and 12 B status, obtaining XI plan funds and developing infrastructural facilities such as well equipped Library, Hostels, Agri Science Park, Botanical Garden , Super Computer facility, Conventional Laboratories and Research Facilities. In tune with the contemporary societal, scientific and technological needs the university with 28 departments is offering regular and inter-disciplinary courses in Sciences, Humanities, and Social sciences, Management, Physical Education and Education.
The university launched five year M.Sc integrated courses in Earth Sciences and Biotechnology in 2007.The University also started research programmes leading to Ph.D in the year 2010. To give a fillip to engineering education, in 2008, the university has also started YSR Engineering College in Proddatur, a major town in the district and also a hub of cement industries, in 2008. Currently it is offering graduate courses in Engineering disciplines such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Communication, Computer Science and Metallurgy. The university enjoys the added advantage of having well qualified, research oriented and experienced faculty. The onus lies on the teaching faculty to strive with professional commitment for the welfare of the students. I personally believe that students are the pillars of strength for any institution and they have to conduct themselves gracefully and get the real benefit of the expertise of the teachers and available facilities. They have to develop the required potential to face the competitive world by sincere efforts and honest means. University education should give ample scope for moral, intellectual and academic development of the students.
I believe that research is a dynamic activity in any university that keeps the teachers, researchers and students abreast of the innovations, contemporary ideologies, current theories and latest trends in different domains of knowledge. I am quite happy to learn that the members of faculty of our university bagged as many as 60 research projects worth twelve crores from various funding agencies such as UGC, CSIR, DBT, DST, BARC, MNRE and ISRO. I am sure that the faculty without any sense of complacency will continue to explore research avenues to attract young promising researchers and make this university a hub for collaborative, inter-disciplinary and qualitative research.
In the recent past, the university initiated steps to launch Women’s Cell, Equal Opportunities Cell and Coaching Programmes for SC/ST/OBC/minority students appearing for competitive examinations. There is a need to strengthen these units for the purpose of benefiting the students. The university has adopted C.P Brown Library which is named after a legend who rendered immense service for the glory of Telugu and who received rich accolade of Telugu Sun ( Telugu Sureedu) from Dr. C. Narayana Reddy, a renowned poet and Gnanpeeth awardee. It shelves rare collection of books, palm leaf manuscripts (Taala Patraalu) ancient documents and monographs. Efforts are made to preserve and protect ancient literature besides promoting contemporary writings in Telugu.
I am of the opinion that the universities have the social obligation to play a key role in socio-economic and cultural development and in building knowledge societies. Extension activities and awareness programmes have to be taken up periodically. I am sure that our university will certainly be participative in socially relevant and meaningful programmes that uphold the cultural heritage and rich tradition of the district.
Finally I solicit the cooperation of all the teachers , nonteaching staff , students, research scholars , managements , faculty and students of affiliated colleges in enriching the academic standards and quality of education imparted by the university. The collective efforts, team spirit and sense of commitment will protect the fame and dignity of the university. I fondly look forward to witnessing a stimulating, healthy and steady growth of the university.