Andhra Pradesh Government issued orders today G.O.Ms.No. 21 Dated: 14-02-2013 Appointing Dr. A. Padma Raju as Vice-Chancellor, Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad.
N O T I F I C A T I O N
In exercise of the powers conferred on me by sub-section (1) & (2) of Section 11 of Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University Act, 1963 and as amended subsequently, I, E.S.L. Narasimhan, The Chancellor of the Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, hereby appoint Dr. A. Padma Raju as the Vice- Chancellor of the said University for a period of (3) years from the date of assumption of office duly relieving Sri Anil Chandra Punetha, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government (Agrl.) from the incharge of the post of Vice-Chancellor, Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University.
The appointment of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) Vice-Chancellor has left the government seriously embarrassed as it had to stop the issuance of the order, citing legal problems after the Governor, E.S.L. Narasimhan gave his nod on November 8 , 2012.
Earlier, M Devendar Reddy, a retired professor, filed a petition in the High Court seeking a direction to the authorities of NG Ranga agricultural university (Angrau) and the state government to follow the procedure laid down in the UGC guidelines and ICAR model Act while filling up the post of vice-chancellor of the varsity. He expressed apprehensions that the authorities would follow backdoor methods to appoint a person of their choice for the post.
Justice PV Sanjay Kumar gave time for the government to file counter affidavits in the matter and adjourned the petition.
It may be recalled that the newly appointed board of management (BoM) named noted soil scientist Alluri Padma Raju as vice-chancellor (VC) of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (Angrau) at Rajendranagar. The state government have to forward the name to governor and chancellor of the university ESL Narasimhan for formal approval.
As Padma Raju hails from East Godavari district, Telangana students, the faculty and non-teaching members of Angrau were opposing him and demanding the appointment of any scientist from Telangana for the top post.
The raging separate state movement and the dispute were the main reasons for the post of VC remaining vacant for over 18 months.