Hyderabad: Hectic activity is underway for a grand inaugural of the centenary celebrations of Osmania University, said Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Kadiam Srihari on Thursday.
The celebrations between April 26 and 28 will reflect the legacy of Osmania University, which is seventh oldest university in the country and third in the South, said Srihari at a meeting held to review the arrangments for the centenary. The three-day festival will feature cultural programmes that reflect the heritage and culture of Telangana, he said.
The centenary celebrations will start with President of India, Pranab Mukherjee laying the foundation stone for construction of several new blocks, hostels, academic buildings and civil works to augment basic amenities in the campus and affiliated colleges located outside.
On the second-day, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao will be the chief guest for the alumni meet while on April 28 and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Prakash Javadekar will be the chief guest for the All India Vice-Chancellors Conference. As part of the centenary year, the State government has taken several measures aimed at improving every aspect of the university, he said.
Some of the measures taken to mark the occasion include increasing mess charges for university students, increasing pensions for faculty and the recent decision of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to clear mess bills worth Rs 7 crore for students between 2005 and 2014.
The Minister called upon the students, faculty, staff, and others, to co-operate and participate in the inaugural function and celebrate the event.
Among others MP K Keshav Rao, advisors to State government Papa Rao and KV Ramanachary, Chairman of Telangana State Council for Higher Education T Papi Reddy and other senior officials from a host of departments and the university were present at the meeting.