Diamond Jubilee Year College Day Report - 2013-2014
8th March 2014 R espected Chief Guest, Sri M.M.Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resources Development, and Distinguished Guest, Sri J.D.Seelam, Minister of State (Revenue) Ministry of Finance, Government of India, the Guests of Honour, Prof.V.Venkaiah, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Krishna University, Rev.Fr.P.Antony SJ, Provincial, Andhra Jesuit Province, Sri B.Prasada Rao, IPS, Director General of Police, Govt. of A.P., Dr.P.V.Ramesh, IAS, Principal Secretary-Finance, Govt. of A.P., Sri Justice T.Sunil Chowdary, Hon’ble Judge, A.P. High Court, Sri K Ajay Kumar, IRS, Commissioner of Income Tax, Cuttack, Sri V.L.V.S.S.Subba Rao, IES, Advisor (Finance), Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India, Sri D.Jaya Prasad, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Govt. of Kerala, Dr.G.V.V.Suryanarayana Raju, Engineer-in-Chief, Dept. of R&B, Govt. of A.P., Sri L.Rajagopal, former Member of Parliament (LS), Dr.Ganni Bhaskara Rao, Chairman, GSL Medical College and Member of Medical Council of India, Sri Indraganti Mohana Krishna, National Award winning Cine Director, Rev.Fr.D Ravi Sekhar, SJ, Rector of Andhra Loyola Institutions and the Director of Kaladarshini, Rev Fr.S.Raju, SJ, Correspondent, Rev.Fr.Dr.Rex Angelo, SJ, Vice Principal (PG), Rev.Fr.P.Anil Kumar, SJ, and Dr.G.Murali Krishna, Vice Principals (Degree), Rev.Fr.P.Balashowry, SJ, and Dr.N.Suresh Babu, Vice Principals (Intermediate), Rev Br Thomas Bellarmine, SJ, Treasurer, Dr.M.Srinivasa Reddy, Dean of Humanities, Dr.G.V.Ramana, Dean of Sciences, Dr.N.A.Francis Xavier, Dean of Student Affairs, Dr.G.Sambasiva Rao, Chairman, ALC Staff Association, Heads of the Departments, Rev Fr.N.Bujji Babu, SJ, Controller of Examinations and Director of Gogineni Hostel, Rev Fr S.Melchior, SJ, Director of New Hostel, Rev.Fr.Anthony Theckemury, SJ, Advisor to the Andhra Loyola College Alumni Association, Dr.G.V.Mohan Prasad, President, ALCAA, Rev.Fr.J.Thainese, SJ, Director and Correspondent of Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering & Technology, Dr.O.Mahesh, Principal, ALIET, Rev Fr.Showri Raju, SJ, Headmaster, ALCAA School, Rev. Fathers and Brothers of the Society of Jesus, who toiled and moiled in this soil to make ALC what it is today, Rev. Members of the present Management, distinguished members of the Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff of Andhra Loyola Institutions, beloved Principals from neighbouring Colleges, Mr.Sterlin Thomas, the Student Representative and Miss Reshna, the Girl Students Representative, beloved staff of yester years, Alumni and Alumnae of our College, Friends, Invitees, Parents and Members of the Print and Electronic Media and my dear Students, Good Evening and a hearty welcome to one and all!
I would like to thank very sincerely, right in the beginning, all the luminaries on the dais for kindly accepting our invitation and gracing this momentous occasion inspite of their hectic schedules!
Please permit me also to wish all the women present here a Happy Women’s Day with an assurance that the men present here will be with them, in every way, to claim their rightful place in the society!
Let me express a profound sense of gratitude to God Almighty for walking with Andhra Loyola College and enabling it to serve and contribute to the society at large for the last 60 years, as all of us are here to celebrate the much awaited Valedictory of its Diamond Jubilee Celebrations! I also would like to place on record here our siucere thanks and whole-hearted appreciation to the Founding Fathers and the Benefactors for making ALC possible; to the members of the Management, Faculty and Student Community of past and present, for making ALC what it is today!
On this historical occasion, I feel humbled to present the 60th Annual Report of the College.
The College Diamond Jubilee Celebrations were inaugurated by His Excellency, Sri ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, on 6th March 2013 as the Chief Guest in the presence of today’s Guests of Honour, Prof.V.Venkaiah garu, Rev Fr.P.Anthony, SJ and Sri Lagadapati Rajagopal, besides a host of other diginitaries who graced the occasion.
On that occasion, a short historical background to the founding of ALC was presented. However, please permit me to take you all down the memory lane very briefly before I proceed with the Annual Report.
ALC has not come into existence over night. Its genesis dates back to 1943 when Sir Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy, the Founder-Vice Chancellor (1926-1930 & 1936-1949) of Andhra University, personifying the longing of the Telugu people, made a fervent suggestion to Bishop Ignatius Mummadi during the latter’s felicitation upon his Consecration as the Bishop of Guntur on 28th October 1943 to get a Jesuit University College started in Andhra.
Ever since, Bishop Mummadi began his relentless efforts for ten long years, along with the other Catholic Bishops of Andhra in general, and “his immediate neighbour and staunch supporter”, Bishop Grassi of Vijayawada in particular, to persuade Rev Fr.Humbert Pinto, the then Vice-provincial of Madurai Jesuit Vice-Province and Very Rev.Fr.John Baptist Janssens, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus at Rome.
Finally, permission was granted and the communication thereof reached Fr Devaiah, who was specially chosen to found the new Jesuit College in Andhra and stationed in Loyola College, Madras, on 2nd January 1953. Soon, things started falling in place, thanks to the cooperation and contribution of the elite of Vijayawada, who formed themselves as Loyola Kalasala Sahayaka Sangham with late Sri Gogineni Venkata Subbaiah Naidu garu as the President, six other prominent citizens as Vice Presidents, and late Sri Katragadda Raghuramaiah garu, as Secretary and Treasurer. The foundation stone of the College was laid by Sri CM Trivedi, the first Governor of the newly-formed Andhra State on 9th December 1953.
The prefix of 'Andhra' to the name of the College has its own historical resonance as the College was established when there was a roaring demand from the Telugu-speaking people of the then Madras State for a separate State for themselves, which got fructified with the formation of a separate Andhra State on 1st October, 1953, which was the forerunner of the present State of Andhra Pradesh that got formed on 1st November 1956 as the first linguistic State in India.
The construction work of the College buildings began in January 1954 under the supervision of Br. Giani David, PIME, the Italian architect and the first academic session commenced on 12th July 1954.
In recognition of its contribution to the cause of higher education since its establishment, the UGC granted ALC the status of autonomy in 1988 and conferred the prestigious status of 'A College with Potential for Excellence' in 2004.
Our ALC is the first Autonomous College in the entire Coastal Andhra Pradesh to introduce Choice Based Credit System in the academic year 2005-2006.
ALC has been re-accredited at “A Grade” with a CGPA of 3.65/4.00 points by NAAC, Bengaluru.
Kaladarshini, aninstitute of Fine Artsand Culture was started in 1990.
Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology (ALIET) was started in 2008.
For all these noteworthy achievements, the Commissioner of Collegiate Education, Govt of AP, invited ALC to submit its proposal for up-gradation into a university under the Government of India scheme of Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), for the XII Plan period and we are awaiting its outcome.
In the course of 60 years of its creditable existence, ALC has produced numerous eminent and illustrious alumni who, imbued with the vision and mission of the College to mould its students into men and women for others with Competence, Conscience and Compassionate Commitment, have immensely contributed to every walk of life, in scores. And we are happy that some of these illustrious alumni are gracing today’s celebrations as Guests of Honour. It is our ardent wish and sincere hope that their presence and message will be a source of inspiration and motivation to the present and future students of this noble Institution.
Please permit me now to present the 60th Annual Report of the College.
Diamond Jubilee Initiatives:
In this Diamond Jubilee Year, new initiatives have been undertaken to recognize the services of and felicitate the staff on their excellence/achievements.
Present with Silver Jubilee Medals to the members of staff on completion of 25 years of service in that academic year from the date of their joining.
Felicitate the members of staff who attain superannuation in that academic year
Felicitate the members of staff who are awarded State/National Awards in that academic year.
Development of infrastructure on the campus has been given impetus and necessary renovation work has been undertaken to strengthen the structures.
Ground Floor verandahs of North and South Blocks have been renovated with Tandur stone flooring.
Addressing the long pending requirement of the North and South Block buildings, GI Sheet Protection Roof has been erected over the terrace of the same to prevent leaking of these buildings especially during rainy season.
GI Stair cases have been put in place in the Intermediate Block and the building accommodating P.G. Labs
Micro Irrigation System has been introduced in our College Lawns and Gardens, thanks to the supervision of Dr.B.Siva Kumari, Head, Dept. of Botany.
College Campus is set to become Wi-Fi campus soon
Plans are on anvil to start a Community College
Introduction of Online Examination System for the Second Year Degree Students is set to become part of our Examinations under autonomy from the ensuing academic year in tune with the emerging IT-aided advanced systems of examination.
It would not be out of context to state here that the current academic year has been a troubled one in the recent past, on account of the Samaikyandhra Pradesh movement that got triggered off post July 31st, 2013. However, it gives us utmost satisfaction to note that our students have conducted themselves with dignity and decorum during this troubled time. And, in spite of the agitation disturbing our academic calendar, our students and faculty have put in their best and made no lesser creditable achievements than those made in the preceding academic years.
The commencement of the current academic year has seen some changes and transfers of the administrative personnel of the College.
Rev Fr.S.Raju, SJ, Vice Principal (Degree) and Superior of Sanjeevan Niwas for the last four years has been appointed the Correspondent of the College in the place of Rev Fr.Dr.A.Francis Xavier, SJ, following the latter’s transfer to Loyola Academy, Secunderabad, as Correspondent. Rev Fr P.Anil Kumar, SJ, an alumnus and Vice Principal of Loyola Degree College, Pulivendula, has been appointed the Vice Principal (Degree) in the place of Fr.S.Raju, SJ, while Rev Fr.Dr.Rex Angelo, SJ, Lecturer in English, who was on study leave for the last two years, returned to ALC and took over as the Vice Principal (PG Section) in the place of Rev Fr.Dr.G.Jayaraj, SJ, who was on redeployment for two months to AG & SG College, Vuyyuru. Fr.Rex Angelo also resumed his duties as Lecturer in the Department of English. Rev Fr.N.Bujji Babu, SJ, Director, Gogineni Hostel, took charge as the Controller of Examinations in the place of Rev Fr G.M.Victor Emmanuel, SJ.
Dr.CH.Srinivasu, Reader in Physics, has been appointed the Director of the newly established Centre for Continuous Learning and Research for a period of two years.
I place on record my sincere thanks and appreciation to Rev Fr.Francis Xavier, S.J., for the efficient services he rendered, with commendable commitment, as Correspondent for the last one year.
While we extend a hearty welcome to the new officials who have assumed office this year, I place on record all our sincere gratitude and whole-hearted appreciation to the outgoing officials for their distinguished services.
During this academic year, as many as thirty one Teaching Staff Members have been recruited in the Degree and Intermediate sections; and nine in the Postgraduation Department.
Here is an overall picture of the examination results of the previous academic year with respect to the Intermediate, Degree and Postgraduate sections.
The results of the Intermediate Public Examinations registered 87% pass rate.
and the overall results of the Degree sections is 91.41
The overall pass percentage is 92%
I congratulate the Vice Principals as well as the members of the faculty of Intermediate, UG and PG sections for achieving these good results. I also thank the Controller of Examinations, the Assistant Controller and their team for their painstaking work in bringing out the results on time.
The total number of the students in the College is 3575. Of this, 984 are in the Intermediate Section, 2298 in the Degree Section and 293 in the Postgraduate Section. We have students in our College this year from 23 out of the present 28 States in India, speaking 24 languages.
Events Conducted as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations: 60th Foundation Day: The 60th Foundation Day of our College was celebrated on 9th December 2013 with three Bishops i.e. Most Rev Gali Bali, Bishop of Guntur and APBC Chairman, Most Rev M.D.Prakasham, Bishop of Nellore and APBC Saecretary, an illustrious alumnus of the College, and Most Rev Govindu Joji, Bishop of Nalgonda and Apostolic Administrator of Vijayawada; and seventy Priests and Religious alumni and several other Preiests and Religious gracing the occasion. This celebration was preceded by 60 hours of Prayer by the staff and students, to mark the 60 years of ALC.
Diamond Jubilee ALCAA Re-union: A special Re-union of ALCAA was held on 9th February 2014. 600 of our alumni/alumnae attended the Re-union with nostalgia. On this occasion, Rev Fr.A.Theckemury, SJ, who served ALCAA as its Director for a period of twelve years, was felicitated with great warmth and affection by alumni/ae.
I. Ph.D Awarded:
1. Sri M.Vijaya Kumar Reddy, Dept. of History, was awarded Ph.D. degree in History for his thesis entitled “A Historical Study of the Land Revenue Administration of Rayalaseema under the British Crown (1858-1947)” by S.V.University, Tirupati, on 22.06.2013.
2. Sri D Venkata Satish, Dept. of Physics, was awarded Ph.D. degree in Physics for his thesis entitled “Room-Temperature Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal Ions Doped ZnCdO Nanopowders” by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, on 03.07.2013.
3. Rev Fr Rex Angelo, SJ, Dept. of English, was awarded Ph.D. Degree in English for his thesis entitled “English Language Learning at Degree Colleges in Andhra Pradesh: An Exploratory Study of Major Factors Influencing Learners’ Performance in Second Language” by University of Madras, Chennai, on 21.12.2013
4. Sri K.Rayapa Reddy, Dept. of Chemistry, was awarded Ph.D. degree in Chemistry for his thesis entitled “Phase Equilibrium, Acoustic, Volumetric and Transport Studies of some Binary Liquid Systems of N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone” by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, on 27.12.2013. He has been guided by Dr.G.Srinivasa Rao, Dept. of Physics, ALC.
5. Sri.Y.Hanumantha Rao, Dept. of Chemistry, was awarded Ph. D. in Chemistry for his thesis entitled “Characterization and defluoridation studies of active carbons derived from biomaterials of Typha angustata, Lagenaria siceraria and Acacia farnesiana plants as adsorbents” by Acharya Nagarjuna University on 10.01.2014.
II. Major Research Project:
Dr.B.Siva Kumari, Dept. of Botany, has been awarded a Major Research Project entitled “Establishment of Moderl Nursery” by the State Medicinal Plant Board, Hyderabad, with a grant of Rs.20 Lakhs, on 2nd January 2014.
Dr.B.Siva Kumari, Dept. of Botany, is continuing her UGC-sanctioned Major Research Project on “Biology-Nano Materials-Green Nanotechnology”. The grant sanctioned for the Project is Rs.11,87,000/- for a period of three years.
Dr.M.C.Rao, Dept. of Physics, is continuing his work on the UGC-funded Major Research Project entitled “Growth and Characterization of LiCoO2 and LiMn2O4 Thin Film Cathodes for Novel Micro battery Application” and the Project’s tenure concludes by June 2014.
Minor Research Project
Dr.B.Siva Kumari, Dept. of Botany, has been awarded a Minor Research Project entitled “Establishment of Herban Garden” by the National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi, with a grant of Rs.2,60,000/- on 2nd January 2014.
III. M.Phils Awarded:
1. Mr.K.M.Nagarjuna, Dept. of Statistics, was awarded M.Phil degree for his dissertation entitled “Exponential-Log Logistic Additive Failure Rate Model-An Inferential Study” under the guidance of Prof.K.Rosaiah, Dept. of Statistics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, on 2nd January 2014.
2. Ms.L.Subha, Dept. of English, was awarded M.Phil degree in English for her dissertation entitled “Interrogating Illusion and Absurdity in Chetan Bhagats” Five Point Someone and One Night @ the Call Center” by Acharya Nagarjuna University, on 4th December 2013.
3. Sri P. Srinivasa Sastry, Dept. of Physics, has been awarded M.Phil by Sri Krishnadevaraya University for his dissertation titled “Temperature Dependence of Acoustic and Volumetric Properties of 1-Hexanol and Benzene System” on 4th January 2014. He has been guided by Dr.G.Srinivasa Rao, Dept. of Physics, ALC.
IV. Research Guidance:
Two Research Scholars, viz. Sri K.Rayapa Reddy, Dept. of Chemistry and Sri P.Srinivasa Sastry, Dept. of Physics, ALC, who pursued their research programmes under the guidance of Dr.G.Srinivasa Rao, Reader in Physics, ALC, have been awarded Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees respectively in their subjects, on 27.12.2013 and 04.01.2014 respectively.
A research scholar, Ms.Ch.Yashoda, under the guidance of Dr.G.Sambasiva Rao, Dept. of Telugu, ALC, has been awarded Ph.D. by Acharya Nagarjuna University for her thesis titled “Raavi Ranga Rao–Saahitya Anuseelanam” on 28.01.2014.
A Research Scholar under the guidance of Dr.CH.Srinivasu, Dept. of Physics, viz. T.Durga Bhavani was awarded M.Phil degree in Physics for her dissertation entitled “Ultrasonic studies on Liquid mixtures” by Sri.Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, on 24th December 2013.