Chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan N. Tata has expressed that he will look into the chance of doing joint research with AU. Attended as (AAA) chief guest at the Andhra University Alumni Association Meet-2018 at the AU Convention Centre on Beach Road here on Monday, Mr. Tata expressed he was impressed to hear about the laurels of AU during the last nine decades. I am surprised on hearing about the great leadership of the university over the years and its contribution to the country,” he expressed.
Replying to the requests made by Visakhapatnam MP K. Haribabu and former Tirupati MP V. Varaprasada Rao, Mr. Tata expressed that universities of today have to come out of their silos and contribute to inter-disciplinary research. They should look in the direction of the industry in this regard.
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“After going back to Bombay (Mumbai), I will talk about with the Tata group to see what can be done together with Andhra University,” he expressed and added that human genomics, data analysis, sequencing were some of the areas that could be looked into for joint research.
He expressed that Vizag as a ‘dynamic city’ that he heard it was the cleanest city in India. “I am impressed with Andhra University and Vizag. I will remember coming to Vizag and AU for a long time,” he expressed.
Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao announced that the State government would contribute matching grant to AU to the funds raised by the AAA.
‘Establish TSC unit’
He announced that a gold medal would be introduced in respect of the visit of Mr. Ratan Tata to AU. He also appealed to the Tata Trusts Chairman to announce some support to the university.
Mr. Haribabu appealed to Mr. Tata to consider establishing a unit of TCS in Visakhapatnam, which he described as the financial, industrial, cultural, tourism and educational capital of the State.
Mr. Varaprasada Rao, an alumnus of AU, said it was AU which had taught him to face the challenges in life and overcome them.
‘Institute of Eminence’
Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao said that the university has been short-listed for granting of the status of ‘Institute of Eminence’. If selected, AU would be eligible for funding to the tune of Rs.1,000 crore.
GMR Group chairman Grandhi Mallikharjuna Rao, who is also chairman of AAA, AU Rector M. Prasada Rao, Registrar K. Niranjan, AAA joint secretary K. Kumar Raja and general secretary B. Mohan Venkata Ram were among those who spoke.