By Sujata reddy Gangireddy, Chittor ,Andhra Pradesh: 4/July/2011: Dravidian University in Kuppam town in Chittor district in Andhra Pradesh is located in the tri-angle boarders of Andhra, Karnataka and Tamilnadu states and is established by Andhra Pradesh state government in 1997, with some fiscal contributions from Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala states also. Recently ‘Dravidian University’ is in local and national media for the continuous agitations being done under the banner of “Dravidian University Parirakshaka Samithi” with the allegations that the present Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof.C.Ramanaiah has misappropriated University funds and also done favors to his close relatives from Yadava community in University appointments and also for opening Distance Education Learning centers through out the state, by violating rules and regulations by taking bribes and also for indiscriminately admitting Ph.D candidates into various academic streams in violations of Ph.D admission rules.However, the other section of University teaching and non-teaching staff says that the facts are quite different from what is being published in the local media and news channels. It is said that the local media and some national magazines have publicized the uproar from the point of view of those persons who have not secured jobs in the regular interviews conducted by the University selection Committee for want of sufficient qualifications and fabricated certificates and from the view point of those who have been suspended from the University for indiscipline and for other criminal activity.
The agitation is being led and funded by some Professors belonging to Reddy community who are vying to grab the Vice-Chancellor post, are promoting certain sections of student unions to launch tirade and agitation to oust the present vice-chancellor, as the government is likely to extend the tenure of the present Vice-Chancellor Prof, Ramanaiah who has also suspended some employees of the University for Serious Offences. The present Vice-Chancellor Prof.Ramanaiah, had suspended one Professor Mr.Lokanatha Reddy belonging to Computer Sciences Department on the charges of ‘theft’ of some University Computers, which have been seized by the local police and charge-sheet was filed in the Local Magistrate Court and as the offences were proved against Professor Lokanatha Reddy in the court. The Higher Courts also dismissed Mr.Lokanatha Reddy’s appeals as the offense was proved.
Ever since the rivalry between Reddy Community of the University and Backwards classes soared to sky leading to the formation of “Dravidian University Prirakshana Samiti” under the background direction of two Reddy community professors working in the University who have also been appointed by the earlier Vice-Chancellor Professor.G. Lakshminarayana against the rules and qualification prescribed for the posts they are holding now. With an apprehensions that the present V.C would take action against those who have been appointed in the senior teaching post as against their prescribed qualifications
The “Dravidian University Prirakshana Samiti” aided and abetted by those professors has been continuously launching tirade against the present Vice-Chancellor and those teaching and non-teaching staff who have been appointed under his Chairmanship of the Selection Committee, by printing and distributing unnamed pamphlets in vulgar language and by luring some local reporters. This Samithi also launched attacks twice on Vice-Chancellor’s office along with students and broken the office furniture. The key activists of the Samithi are, one Mr.Srinivasulu a local person who has been working as Data Entry Operator in Computers Department of the University was suspended for irregularities and misbehavior from the University and one Mr.P. Munaswamy a person who has not been selected by the Selection Committee have been subjecting the selected candidates to legal harassment by continuously filing petitions against those who been selected for University employment.
The candidates selected in the year 2009-2010 interviews including women candidates are also being threatened by the Samithi activists with dire consequences if they do not resign for their posts and quit the University campus. As the University is located in the remote place of boarders of three states every day the University staff has to travel up to the Kuppam town for purchase of daily consumables by traveling about 12 kilometers from the University campus through isolated roads. The teaching and non-teaching staff and their families are expressing fears that they could be attacked in the mid-way by these ‘Samithi’ activists. The activists of the Samithi are basically the ‘Kuppam’ town local people and are having support of local political workers, so these people are suspecting that local police complaint may not work in these cases. The ‘Samithi’ activists also threatened the 2009-10 selected candidates that “we will show you ‘hell’ and all your positions would be ousted when the next Vice-Chancellor from Reddy community is appointed to this University. So the present agitations and disturbances in the Dravidian University can be ascribed to the rivalry and race for the next ‘Vice-Chancellorship of the University, going on between the present Vice-Chancellor and ‘Reddy’ community professor, in which the teaching and non-teaching staff of the other communities are being victimized.
The basic question raised by the candidates who have been selected by the present Vice-Chancellor is, the very name ‘Dravidian University Parirakshaka Samithi’ in dictates as if the ‘Samithi’ want to protect the Government established university headed by Governor of Andhra Pradesh as its Chancellor and a Vice-Chancellor from their clutches. The group of selected faculty and non-teaching faculty questions that if any irregularities have been committed by the Vice-Chancellor the action must be taken as per law. But “the violent activities perpetrated by ‘Samithi’ activities and disturbing and defaming the University name certainly amounts to anti-establishment activity and liable for criminal prosecution of those who ever participate, aid and abet such activity” says one Officer in the administration. He also says that some teaching faculty in the senior posts are working in the departments as against their qualifications prescribed to work in such departments are the persons behind the ‘Samithi’ activities” says the non-teaching Officer of the University.
As some of the University security guards are also connived in the activities of the ‘Samithi’ and other anti-social activities, unless the Chittor District Superintendent of Police or Inspector General of Police of Rayalaseema range personally investigate into the matter, the agitations and law and order problems in the University would not solve, according to the one section of teaching and non-teaching staff working in the University.