Monthly Archives: June 2016

University of Hyderabad’s journalism department is India’s best


Hyderabad :

The department of communication of University of Hyderabad has been ranked as the country’s top-ranked department of communication and journalism of any university.

According to the latest rankings of mass communication and journalism institutions released on Sunday by Outlook India based on a national perception survey, the UoH department that has been offering masters and doctoral programmes in communication for over 25 years is the only public institution listed in the top 10 apart from Jamia’s MCRC which is a research centre. Overall, the department is ranked fourth among the top 10 colleges of mass communication in India with an overall score of 802.8 out of the total 1,000.

The department, which is part of the SN School of Arts and Communication, UoH, was ranked fourth overall and stood second in academic excellence with a score of 169.3 and third in infrastructure with 208.

Besides AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (an independent media centre), the department of communication of UoH is the only department at a public university to be featured in the top five. The rest in the list are private institutes.

“With national and international recognition for many of its faculty members, the department attracts students from across the country and a few even from abroad,” Prof. Vinod Pavarala said.

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Express News Service / June 27th, 2016

IAS officers learn about Telangana history and culture

Hyderabad :

For the next three days, IAS officers of the state will get an opportunity to reminisce their student life as they will be taught about Telangana’s history, culture, irrigation, finance and other subjects.

Realising the importance of teaching its bureaucrats about the needs of the state, the state government here on Monday organised an ‘Orientation programme for public servants in the context of Telangana.’

Speaking at the inaugural function, Dr Ch Hanumantha Rao, a former member of the Planning Commission of India and Professor, Center for Economics and Social Research (CESS), Hyderabad, said that in India even good things take decades to be implemented.

“NITI Aayog has been set up by the Centre for strengthening the planning process as a ‘Think Tank’ as well as cooperative federalism through greater participation of states. In fact way back in mid-eighties, the then PM Rajiv Gandhi planned to do this, but here it takes decades for good things to be implemented,” Rao said.

Rao said that to solve any issue it is important to go back to basics and see where the problem lies. Talking water problem as an example, he said, “The best way to solve water problem is by saving water.

We failed to use them economically and used up all the ground water. We failed to make better use of water bodies. So, to solve this problem, save water and to do that instead of having a uniform price, charge according to the volume used.”

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Telangana / by Express News Service / June 28th, 2016

Not an average 8-year-old

Suram Vignesh Arjun
Suram Vignesh Arjun

Suram Vignesh Arjun set a record in the Telugu Book of Records recently by reciting 100 Vemana poems in about five minutes

He is a just a class 4 student, and yet he can deliver many an extempore on a wide range of subjects. And, he has amazing memory.

Meet eight-year-old Suram Vignesh Arjun who set a record in the Telugu Book of Records recently by reciting 100 Vemana poems in five minutes and 45 seconds.

He shot to fame during the separate Telangana movement when he was only six years old. He eloquently spoke about the bifurcation movement and also about Jayashankar who espoused the cause.

Impressed by his extempore at one such meeting last year at Kakatiya University, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari presented him a cash reward of Rs. 10,000 instantly.

Son of Narender, a farmer, and Laxmi, a teacher, Suram is studying in Nachinapalli in Duggondi mandal.

His uncle, Ch. Venkat Reddy, who is also a teacher, said the boy developed amazing memory when he was very young.

Whatever was taught to him, he would say the same again, said Mr. Reddy.

Having developed multi-skills, the boy came second in the sloka recitation competition, rendering 29 slokas from 11th chapter of Bhagavad Gita.

He also bagged second prize reciting C. Narayana Reddy’s poems at the Balotsav in Kothagudem in national-level competition.

Speaking to The Hindu , Suram said he spends time reading books or browsing internet searching for information for his speeches.

He does not have a television at home, which is seen as a major distraction for children.

“I want to become the Chief Minister like Mr. K. Chandrasekhar Rao or the Prime Minister like Mr. Narendra Modi after growing up,” he said.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao / Warangal – June 27th, 2016

Fondly remembering poet Kesava Dasu

Renowned poet Chandala Kesava Dasu, widely regarded as Telugu cinema’s first lyricist, was remembered at separate functions held in connection with his birth anniversary in the town as well as at his native place, Jakkepalli in Kusumanchi mandal, on Monday.

The event was observed for the first time, with the district administration organising meetings in honour of the legendary poet at the Collectorate office here and also at Nayakangudem, where Kesava Dasu spent the last days of his life.

Kusumanchi mandal parishad president Venkat Reddy, ZPTC member Ramachandra Naik, and tehsildar Kishore Kumar, among others, paid floral tributes at the ‘samadhi’ of the great poet at Nayakangudem in the morning.

Kesava Dasu’s daughter, Andalamma, and son-in-law, Narsaiah, were among those who attended the programme.

Family members and relatives of the renowned poet were felicitated at a meeting held in the town later in the day.

Speakers hailed Kesava Dasu’s pioneering contribution to Telugu literature, theatre and film industry as a poet, dialogue writer, and a theatre personality. Terming him a “multifaceted personality”, they said Kesava Dasu earned the unique distinction of being the first lyricist in Telugu film industry by writing lyrics for the first Telugu film ‘Bhakta Prahlada’.

Stating that the gifted poet made invaluable contribution to Telugu theatre, they emphasised the need for promoting his literary works for posterity.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Telangana / by Staff Reporter / Khammam – June 21st, 2016

Now, no injury is incurable!

A ray of hope:Sports medicine practitioner Venkatesh Movva says stem cells treatment is suitable for various orthopaedic conditions.— PHOTO: V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
A ray of hope:Sports medicine practitioner Venkatesh Movva says stem cells treatment is suitable for various orthopaedic conditions.— PHOTO: V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

A first-of-its-kind medical centre promises treatment for career-upsetting injuries through stem cells

Athletes suffering career-upsetting injuries now have a new ray of hope in a first-of-its-kind medical centre that promises treatment through stem cells.

Venkatesh Movva, who heads the institution, insists that stem cells treatment was revolutionary and suitable for various orthopaedic conditions. The US-based sports medicine practitioner explains that the process involves extracting stem cells from the bone marrow from the back of the hip, a big reservoir of stem cells. “Then, we will harvest and isolate cells which are processed in the lab and re-inject those cells back into the cartilage, ligament, tendon, joint or wherever needed,” he pointed out.

The doctor, who also promotes American Football in India, explains efficacy of stem cell treatment through knee osteoarthritis. “Total knee replacement was the only option. With stem cells, we can now heal and regenerate the lost tissue like cartilage, meniscus and ligaments to reverse the arthritis and circumvent surgery,” he observed.

On what such treatment could cost, Dr. Venkatesh said for two joints, it costs as much as $ 7,000 in the US, but costs could be significantly low in India. “There are no legal issues involved in the treatment as we are using the patient’s own stem cells that are neither stored nor preserved,” he said, adding that treatment does not require hospitalisation.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by V.V. Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – June 24th, 2016

Music4thought launches song, music production facility

Hyderabad :

Hyderabad-based start-up Music4thought on Monday launched one-stop-lyrics to high quality song and music production facility.

The facility will cater to individuals, short film producers, animation filmmakers and gaming title makers.

“At music4thought facility you can create original custom songs, written, composed and sung based on your feelings. For passionate writers, aspiring singers, or hobbyist the facility offers recording original songs of top label quality,” the company said in a statement.

Founded by young professionals turned first generation entrepreneurs Preeti Sinha, Rohit Shrivastav and Parikshit Sharma, the bootstrapped start-up has created about 37 original content and hopes to expand the number in coming days.

“It is the perfect platform to try out new ideas. For individuals wanting to convey their unspoken feelings, gratitude or love for someone, or for lyricists, singers, and hobbyists to record their original songs and for short film makers and animation film producers wanting to produce original scores and sound effects and looking to collaborate with the best in the industry,” said Sinha.

One of the biggest assets the startup up owns is the experience and expertise of music producer Sharma who is part of core management team and carries two decades of experience in the industry having worked with Shankar Mahadevan and produced the album “Breathless”.

Music4thought has roped in Zoheb Ahmed, Hindustani and Western music exponent, who has performed with many international artists.


source: / The Times of India / News Home> City> Hyderabad / IANS / June 20th, 2016