Andhra Loyola College (Autonomous):: Vijayawada 59th College Day Report 2012-2013



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Andhra Loyola College (Autonomous)::Vijayawada

59th College Day Report - 2012-2013

6th March 2013
R
espected Chief Guest, His Excellency Shri. E.S.L. Narasimhan, the Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, the Guests of Honour, Prof. V. Venkaiah, Vice Chancellor, Krishna University, Sri. Lagadapati Rajagopal, Honorable Member of Parliament, Rev. Fr. P. Antony S.J. Provincial, Andhra Jesuit Province, Rev.Fr.D Ravi Sekhar, SJ, Rector of Andhra Loyola Institutions, and the Director of Kaladarshini, Rev. Fr. Dr.A. Francis Xavier, SJ, Correspondent, Dr. N. Ramesh Kumar, IAS, an illustrious alumnus of the College and currently the Prl. Secretary to the Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Sri. Buddha Prakash M Jyothi, the District Collector, Krishna, Sri. N. Madhusudhan Reddy, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Vijayawada, Rev.Fr.Dr.G.Jayaraj, SJ, Vice Principal (PG), Rev. Fr. S Raju, SJ, Vice Principal (Degree), Dr.G.Murali Krishna, Vice Principal (Degree), Rev.Fr.P.Balashowry, SJ, Vice Principal (Intermediate), Dr.M.Srinivasa Reddy, Dean of Humanities, Dr.G.V.Ramana, Dean of Sciences, Dr.N.A.Francis Xavier, Dean of Student Affairs, Sri K.V.Vijaya Babu, Chairman, ALC Staff Association, Heads of the Departments, Rev Fr.G.M.Victor Emmanuel, SJ, Controller of Examinations, Rev Fr Melchior, SJ, Director of New Hostel, Rev Fr.N.Bujji Babu, SJ, Director of Gogineni 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. Fathers and Brothers of the present Management, distinguished members of the Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff of Andhra Loyola Institutions, Rev.Fathers and Brothers of the Management, beloved Principals from neighbouring colleges, Mr.P.W.Wilson Rosario, the Student Representative and Miss B Aarthi, the Girl Students Representative, beloved staff of yester years, Alumni and Alumnae of our college, Friends, Invitees, Parents and Members of the Electronic and Print Media and my dear students!
On the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee of Andhra Loyola College, I feel blessed to present the 59th Annual Report of the College.
59 Years of ALC: A Recollection and Reflection
Before I present the Annual Report, it is my duty to glance down the path that has led up to where we are now at Andhra Loyola College and render a brief account of that momentous journey. It is well-known that Andhra Loyola College is administered by the members of the Society of Jesus, called Jesuits, a Catholic Religious Order, who have been rendering yeoman service in various fields including education, for over 450 years.. Jesuits also strive to promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue. The Society of Jesus, founded in 1540 by a Spanish knight called St. Ignatius of Loyola is rendering its services across the Globe in 112 countries. Over this long period, the Jesuits have had to contend with several struggles and even a suppression. But, guided by the Divine Spirit and the charism of Ignatius of Loyola, they have stood up to them as warriors in serving God through serving His people.
The entry of the Jesuits in India began with St. Francis Xavier in Goa, and was strengthened by martyrs like St John de Britto. The Carnatic Mission, established by the French Jesuits in 1700, was instrumental in serving the needy in the southern part of the Telugu land in the 18th century until its suppression. The Jesuits returned to the Telugu Land only in the year 1953 after a decade long persistent efforts of the Catholic Bishops of Andhra in general and those of the late Bishop Ignatius Mummadi, the then Bishop of Guntur Diocese in particular.
The Genesis of the College dates back to 1943 when Dr. C. R. Reddy the then Vice-Chancellor of Andhra Univeristy suggested to Bishop Ignatius to strive for the establishment of a College in Andhra by the Society of Jesus. Bishop Ignatius then started his untiring and relentless efforts towards the same. When Bishop Ignatius went to Rome in 1948 for his “Ad Limina” visit, he met Very Rev.Fr.John Baptist Janssens, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, and convinced him of the need for starting a Jesuit College in Andhra area of Madras State and the Jesuit Superiors agreed to consider the sincere appeal made by the Bishop.
Rev.Fr.F.K.Devaiah,S.J who was working as Headmaster of the St.Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Dindigul, was transferred to Loyola College, Madras, in April 1952 and finally given the task of selection of site for a Jesuit College in the Telugu Speaking area of the then Madras State. Bishop Ignatius, Fr.Devaiah and many local leaders like Y. Satyanarayana IPS, K. Rahuramaiah and others applied themselves to the task of acquiring sufficient land for the needs of a Jesuit College.
There were many requests and delegations from the people of Baptla, Vetapalam, Nambur, Muktyala, Seetanagaram, Gannavaram, Vijayawada etc., to start the College in their respective places. After considering various proposals for the College site, Fr.Pinto, the then Vice Provincial of Madurai, favored setting up the College in Vijayawada. On 2 Jan 1953, the decision was informed to Fr.Devaiah.
At Ram Mohana Roy Library, Vijayawada, the elite of Vijayawada met on 27.02.1953 and expressed their desire to contribute and collect money to buy 100 acres of land for the College site. Different teams of volunteers with Jesuit Fathers went round the Coastal Districts and tried to collect enough money to acquire the land for the College site.
The Loyola College Society was registered at Guntur on 30th June 1953 and the lands purchased for the College site were registered in its name. By the end of November 1953, 80 acres of the proposed site were acquired and the Jesuits decided to go ahead with the setting up of the College. Sri C.M Trivedi, the first Governor of Andhra State, was invited to lay the Foundation stone. On 9 December 1953, at 4:00 pm the College site was blessed by Bishop Ignatius Mummadi. The Foundation stone of the Gogineni Hostel was blessed by the then Archibishop of Bangalore, Most Rev.Thomas Pothakamury, and it was laid by Sri Gogineni Venkata Subbaiah Naidu, the biggest donor. At 5:00 pm, the foundation stone of the College was blessed by the then Archibishop of Hyderabad Most Rev.J.Mark Gopu, DD and the Governor Sri.C.M.Trivedi laid the Foundation stone.
The building work began in January 1954 under the supervision of Br. Giani David, the Italian architect and finally classes started off on 12th July 1954.
Over these 59 years, Andhra Loyola College has unfailingly occupied a premier position in the State by meeting the educational needs of its people with excellence and steadfastly adhering to the Jesuit educational goal of producing men and women for others. The College started in 1954 with 5 courses in intermediate and in 1957 the College started B.Sc. course with chemistry as Main and Mathematics and Physics; Botany and Zoology as ancillaries. Other degree courses BA and B.Com came into existence in 1958. Now the College has a variety of diversified conventional degree courses and innovative and job oriented courses. The College can boast off of starting B.Sc. and M.Sc. Visual Communication with Electronic Media, first ever in coastal AP. The college also started another innovative programme B.A. Music/Dance and Animation Design and Sound first in the state of AP. The college at present runs 5 courses in Intermediate; BA with four combinations; B.Sc with 9 combinations; 2 B.com programmes and BBA. There are 7 PG Programmes run by the College.
The College was granted Autonomy in 1988 and is now enjoying its Silver Jubilee status of Autonomy. As an autonomous college the college made rapid changes in its curriculum to suit the regional and national needs. Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) is introduced by the College (first among the colleges of coastal AP) from the academic year 2005 – 2006. Uniqueness of CBCS of the College –


  1. Introduction of Subject Electives (Special) in all the three majors

  2. Introduction of Subject Electives (Skill-Based) in all the three majors

  3. Introduction of General Elective which is multi-disciplinary in nature, add-on skill development elective.

  4. Introduction of Project work in UG disciplines.

To enhance the employability and vertical mobility of students, the curriculum is designed in such a way that it includes components of General Elective, Subject Electives (Special) and Subject Elective (Skill-Based).


To cope with the learner differences, the Department of English has introduced ‘Streaming’ for the General English Course, with A, B and C streams. And now reduced to A and B streams. The English Language Laboratory brings in the element of practical approach to language learning. The Department of English has made the General English course more functional and rather than content-based and memory-oriented.
The College lays emphasis on formation of values in the students through its Value Education Course. A pass in this course is mandatory for students to be eligible for the award of the degree.
As a part of the Foundation Courses in the CBCS, all students are required to take-up a course in “Fundamentals of Information Technology (FIT)”.
Special Remedial Coaching for SC and ST students is being organized for the past two years, under the scheme sponsored by the University Grants Commission.
Andhra Loyola College organizes a distinct extension programme named ALERT, an acronym for ‘Andhra Loyola Extension for Rural Transformation’ from the academic year 2003 - 2004. During the Diamond Jubilee year the College started yet another extension programme - ALANA an acronym for Andhra Loyola Assistance for Neighborhood Accompaniment. The chief goal of ALANA is to involve our students and their classroom learning in a meaningful way for the benefit of the Schools run by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.
The different categories of financial aid given by the management of the College are –


  • Earn While You Learn

  • Student Aid Fund

  • Management Scholarships

  • Sports Scholarships

  • Fee concession for children of non-Teaching staff

  • Subsidized Lunch Scheme


Besides, it has won the coveted College With Potential for Excellence status from the UGC and been re-accredited by NAAC with a CGPA of 3.65 out of 4.00 with ‘A’ Grade. The College also received grants from UGC twice, for Basic Scientific Research Scheme, a rare opportunity for a College.
Furthermore, its alumni have scaled the heights of the hall of fame in different fields in India and abroad. However, we strive with the belief that the best, as the poet so perceptively pointed out, is ‘yet to be.’ We shall, on this historic occasion of the inauguration of our diamond jubilee, rededicate ourselves to striving for the best.
With this sobering thought and resolution, let me set about the task of presenting the Annual Report of ALC for the year 2012-2013.
New Appointments:
During this academic year, as many as thirty teaching staff have been recruited in the Degree and Intermediate sections, nine in the Postgraduation section.
Students’ strength:
The total number of the students in the college is 3430. Of this, 883 are in the Intermediate section, 2196 in the Degree Section and 351 in the postgraduate section.

Examination Results:
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 an 80% pass rate, in spite of the fact that there was a large scale failure due to the Physics paper that affected the entire State results.



Degree Results:


B.Sc

DCS

DSC

DML

DP

DCS

DB

DZ

Pass %

80.00

91.43

94.55

92.16

88.00

64.71

94.44




DCP

DBM

DEC

DVC

DCV

DBC

90.38

77.78

89.19

100.00%

95.65%

87.50%




B.Com., General

B.Com .Comp.

BCA

B.A

DEH

DET

DGH

DEM

94.87

97.44

85.71

 

84.21

50.00

100.00

89.47

B.A.,

DEH

DET

DGH

DEM




 Pass %

84.21

50.00

100.00

89.47




and the overall results of the Degree sections is 88 %


P.G. Results:


Course

Pass Percentage

MCA

98%

MBA

89%

M.Sc., Botany

100%

M.Sc, Physics

94%

M.Sc., Chemistry

91%

M.Sc., Biotechnology

100%

M.Sc Viscom

86%


The overall pass percentage is 94%
I congratulate the Vice Principals as well as the faculty members of the Intermediate, Degree and P.G. sections on making it possible to achieve good results. I also thank the Controller of Examinations, the Assistant Controller and his team for their painstaking work in bringing out the results on time.

New officials:
The academic year has seen some changes and transfers of the administrative personnel of the college.
Rev Fr.D.Ravi Sekhar, SJ, Director, Kaladarshini, assumed charge as the Rector of the College as well as the Director of Xavier Hostel. He follows Rev.Fr. A. Stanley, who served the College as Rector from 2009 to 2012, and led the Jesuit community to greater heights. His unassuming nature, deeply spiritual attitude and kind heartedness towards the needy students are well remembered on the campus.
Rev Fr.Dr.G.A.P.Kishore, SJ, Rector, Loyola Academy, Secunderabad, took over as Principal in the place of Rev Fr.Dr.A.Francis Xavier, SJ, who has succeeded Rev Fr Dr.D.Showraiah, SJ, as Correspondent, following the latter’s transfer to Loyola Academy, Secunderabad, as Correspondent. Fr. Showraiah, served the College as Correspondent from 2007 to 2012. He played a pivotal role in the infrastructural development of the college. We place on record the services rendered by Fr. Dr. Showraiah to the College in almost all the capacities possible, as a faculty, as Vice-Principal, Warden, Rector, Principal and Correspondent.
Fr.Francis Xavier’s contribution, in his 3-year stint as Principal, ALC, to the academic enrichment of the campus on various fronts including research, innovative academic programmes. During his tenure, the infrastructure of the college, especially Science Laboratories, were given a face lift. New research facilities and instruments were acquired; the number of computers in the college was multiplied. A supportive environment was provided for research and development of the college.
Rev Fr. S Raju, SJ, Vice Principal (Intermediate), who had worked hard for the improvement of Intermediate Education, has been appointed the Vice Principal (Degree Section) in place of Rev Fr N Bujji Babu, SJ, who has taken over as Director, Gogineni Hostel.
Dr.G.Murali Krishna, Department of Physics, has been appointed Vice Principal (Degree) in place of Dr. V. Vallabha Rao.
Rev Fr P Balashowry, SJ succeeded Rev. Fr.S.Raju, SJ, as Vice Principal (Intermediate) and joined as Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics.
I would like to place on record my sincere thanks and appreciation to the outgoing officials for the dedication with which they carried out their responsibilities.
Andhra Loyola College Alumni Association (ALCAA)
ALCAA had its share of activities during this academic year, having held two Re-unions of different batches.
Re-union of ALC Alumni at Hyderabad: A Re-union of ALC Alumni was held at Hyderabad on 7th October 2012. Rev Fr Dr.A.Francis Xavier, SJ, Correspondent, Rev Fr.Dr.G.A.P.Kishore, SJ, Principal, ALC, and Rev Fr.Dr.D.Showraiah, SJ, Correspondent, Loyola Academy, were present at the re-union,where Rev Fr.A.Theckemury, SJ, Director, ALCAA, announced about Rev Fr.Dr.G.A.P.Kishore, SJ, taking over as the new Director of ALCAA. The alumni present expressed their gratitude to their alma mater for forming them to be persons with competence, conscience, compassion and commitment which shaped them to be men for others and volunteered to institute scholarships for the needy students.
Re-union of the 1990-1993 Batch B.A., Students: A Re-union of the 1990-1993 Batch of B.A., Students was held on 8th of December 2012 on the ALC Campus. The lecturers who had taught the alumni, and now retired, were also invited to the Re-union. In their sharing to Alumni, expressed their gratitude to their alma mater for giving them strong foundation in moulding their characters and careers.
ALCAA’s dream project, ALCAA School, established in the year 2005-2006, is making a steady progress. The school which runs Classes I to VII, is staffed by seven committed and dedicated teachers and has a student strength of 160. While the management continues to provide the students with text books and note books free of cost, they are taught regular subjects with the focus on moral values. In addition, they are also trained in subjects like Drawing, Paper Cutting and Stitching. The students take active part in various cultural events and festival celebrations, viz., Christmas Day, Republic Day, Independence Day, Teachers’ Day and Children’s Day, etc. Besides, they are encouraged to take active role in keeping their classrooms neat and tidy. The students of ALC’s ALANA Extension Programme conduct supervised study hours in the evening for the benefit of ALCAA School.
Awards and Recognitions 2012-2013


  1. Dr P Ramanujam, Reader in English, has been invited to serve on the Editorial/Review Boards of two reputable peer-reviewed international journals: (a) Higher Education Teaching and Learning; and (b) The Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education.




  1. Dr.Durga P.Ojha, PG Dept. of Physics, has been appointed Lead Guest Editor for the special issue on Liquid Crystal Research: Current Trends and Future Perspectives.




  1. Dr.Durga P.Ojha, Head, PG Dept. of Physics, has been admitted as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) on 15th June 2012 by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London. He is entitled to use the designatory letters FRSC.




  1. Dr. G. Sahaya Baskaran, Dept. of Physics bagged the Best paper Award for the paper titled “Fluorescence Features of Samarium ion in PbO-B2O3-SiO2-Al2O3 Glass System”  in the National Symposium on Materials & Processing-2012 held at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, during 10-12TH October, 2012.




  1. Dr.M.C.Rao, Department of Physics, delivered an invited talk on Scientific Approach to Renewable Energy through Solar Cells at an International Conference on Ceramics (ICC-2012), organized by the Govt. College of Engineering & Technology, Bikaner, Rajasthan, on 12-13th December, 2012.

  2. Dr.T.Srikumar, Dept. of Physics, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Collector & District Magistrate, Krishna Dist., A.P for rendering meritorious service while discharging his duties at the Independence Day Celebrations 2012.




  1. Dr.Movva Srinivasa Reddy, Dept. of History, author of X Std. Social Text Book, has been felicitated by Sai Ushodaya Public School, Gudivada, on 5th September 2012, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.




  1. Sri S.Yosebu, Department of Economics, was honoured by the Lions Club members and presented with the Best Teacher Certificate on 2nd October 2012 / 11th November, 2012 by CH.Varaprasad, Member of Legislative Council, and Director, International Lions Club.




  1. Sri KV Vijaya Babu, Department of Political Science, has been appointed Member of the Organizing Committee of the Krishna University Youth Festival. He has also been appointed as a Member of the Board of studies of Contemporary India, at KBN College (Autonomous), Vijayawada.




  1. Sri L Ekambaram, Dept. of Electronics, has been appointed Member of the Board of studies of Electronics, KBN College (Autonomous), Vijayawada.




  1. Dr. G. Sahaya Baskaran, Dept. of Physics, served as a member of Board of studies of D.R. Women’s College, Gurur, J.M.J College for Women, Tenali, P.B. Siddhartha College of Arts and Science, Vijayawada and St. Theresas College, Eluru and contributed to their academic enhancement.




  1. Dr.Mrs. B. Siva Kumari, Department of Botany, is appointed Member of Board of Studies at J.M.J College for Women, Tenali, St. Theresa College for Women, Eluru and AG & SG College, Vuyyuru.




  1. Dr.J Chandrasekhara Rao, Department of Botany, is appointed Member of Board of Studies VSR & NVR College, Tenali and KBN College, Vijayawada. He is also a Member of External Advisory Board, AP Pollution Control Board, Vijayawada.




  1. Dr.R.Ravindra Bhas, Department of Telugu, is appointed Member of District Advisory Committee of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, by the District Collector, Krishna.




  1. Sri S Yosebu, Department of Economics, is appointed Member of Board of Studies of JMJ College, Tenali, St.Theresa College, Eluru.




  1. Dr.D.Krupa Rao, NSS Programme Officer, received an Appreciation Certificate from the Governor of Andhra Pradesh for organizing a Blood Donation Camp at our college.




  1. Dr.T.Srikumar, Department of Physics, served as the Guest Editorial Board Member of the Proceedings of the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Multifunctional Materials (NSMFM-2013) organized by the Department of Physics, Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada on 6th & 7th March 2013.

Publications:
A good number of our lecturers have published scholarly articles in reputed national and international journals.


  1. Mr.P.Venu Gopala Rao and Dr.N.V.Ramana Murthy, Dept. of Mathematics, published a paper on “Fuzzy Ideals of Semi earrings” in the International research journal – advances in Fuzzy Sets and Systems Vol.10, No.2, (2011), pp 87 – 94, ISSN: 0973-421X.




  1. Mr.P.Venu Gopala Rao and Fr.G.M.Victor Emmanuel, Dept. of Mathematics, published a research paper on “Semi earrings and their Ideals” in Mathematical Sciences International research journal Vol.1, No.3, (2012),pp 793 – 795, ISSN: 2278-8697.




  1. Dr. G. Sahaya Baskaran, Department of Physics, was a co author of the paper “The role of ligand coordination on the spectral features of Yb3+ ions in lead aluminum silicate glasses”, published in the Journal of Molecular Structure 1007 (2012) 185.





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