Andhra Varsity at center of controversy as warring factions release event posters | Visakhapatnam News

VISAKHAPATNAM: A controversy seems to be brewing around Andhra University with two warring factions making allegations and counter-allegations over the past few weeks. Meanwhile, a group, which is backed by opposition parties, appealed for “Chalo Andhra University” on March 3, alleging irregularities by university officials.
A section of professors and university officials, who represent the other group, say that some anti-social elements are trying to denigrate the image of the university. University supporters will host a roundtable discussion on “academic progress and social justice” on March 1. Interestingly, both sides released posters of their respective events on Saturday.
The opposition group recently held a roundtable in Visakhapatnam attended by prominent leaders of various opposition parties. The meeting held under the banner ‘SC, ST, BC and the Minority Alumni Association’ alleged that university officials had turned the campus into a political landscape and that injustice was being inflicted to faculty and staff belonging to oppressed sections. The meeting saw the participation of former Amalapuram MP GV Harsha Kumar, former TDP Minister Bandaru Satyanarayana, Jana Sena State Secretary T Siva Shankar, etc.
In releasing the posters of ‘Chalo AU’ on Saturday, TDP leader Palla Srinivas claimed that the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, Prof. PVGD Reddy has become a blemish on the reputation of this prestigious university . “Andhra University has become a political hot spot due to its actions and decisions,” he said.
Dean of Andhra University, Prof. T Sharon Raju said that they will stand in the way of the ‘Chalo AU’ scheme. “As Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Reddy is taking strong action against anti-social elements, a few people are trying to tarnish the image of the university with the help of opposition parties,” Prof. Raju said.
Director of AU UGC Human Resource Development Center Prof. NAD Pal said that Andhra University has taken several development initiatives in the past few years.

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