Hyderabad: With just three months left for Osmania University (OU) to enter its centenary year, the varsity administration and the State Government are busy making plans for memorable celebratory fete.
The varsity administration is in fact making arrangements year-long celebrations, which will begin with a three-day inaugural function from April 26.
The State Government and the university want to invite President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inaugural function. Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education Kadiyam Srihari and MP K Keshava Rao among others will be part of the inaugural celebrations. This apart, University officials are planning to invite a family member of the Nizam’s on the first day of the celebrations.
The varsity is also likely to confer a honorary doctorate degree on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
“No decision has been made yet but the university is inclined to confer honorary doctorate on the CM,” said a senior official.
Further, the university has proposed to felicitate about 100 reputed alumni including former Vice Chancellors, public personalities, and sports persons among others.
The university is also planning to bring Nobel Laureates from across the world to deliver centenary lectures. So far, Nobel Laureates Kurt Wuthrich, Professor of Chemistry, and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have been invited to deliver lectures.
According to rough estimates of the university officials, the varsity has over one crore alumni. The university administration is organising an alumni meet and dinner during the inaugural function. On the final day of the opening celebrations, Union Minister for Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar, Minister for IT KT Rama Rao, and University Grants Commission Chairman Ved Prakash would take part.
During the three days of the inaugural celebrations, culture programmes will showcase Telangana’s cultural diversity in the evening. While making the centenary year a gala event, the university administration is also focussing on constructing new buildings and on giving a facelift to age-old buildings on the campus and constituent colleges. The university has planned to construct a centenary convention centre, a skill development centre and to install a 4mw solar power plant.
A total of Rs 412.88 crore, including Rs 221.50 crore for the centenary celebrations, and Rs 191.38 crore towards the OU Development Plan has been proposed by the varsity administration. The present students and also alumni have started making donations for the centenary fete.
A senior official said that the university was expecting a major share of the funds from the State government. “The Centre may also fund the celebrations,” an official said.