Vikrama Simhapuri University
విక్రమ సింహపురి విశ్వవిద్యాలయం
|Motto||Satyam Gnanamanantham (సత్యం జ్ఞానమనంతం)|
|Chancellor||E. S. L. Narasimhan|
|Principal||P. Venkata Rao|
|Location||Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India|
Vikrama Simhapuri University (VSU) is a public state university in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It was established in 2008 with six courses. Now, the university is offering 17 post-graduate courses in university college.
VSU doesn't have its own buildings. It is started with an administrative building at Dargamitta, Nellore. Regular classes are at V.R. High School Campus (Old Law College Campus), Nellore.
Campus construction is in process at Kakutur, Nellore in 87 acres (350,000 m2) provided by the government of Andhra Pradesh.
VSU is primarily an undergraduate and post-graduate university. VSU conducts its own entrance examinations — VSURESET and VSUPGCET — for all courses each year. The university offers courses which include B.A, B.Com, B.Sc, B.B.A, B.C.A, B.B.O.L, L.L.B, B.Tech and M.Sc, M.A, M.F.A, M.Tech, M.B.A, M.C.A, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees.
On April 12, 2010, the government of Andhra Pradesh passed a G.O. that all the colleges in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district which were affiliated to Sri Venkateswara University will be affiliated to VSU. With these orders SVU PG Centre in Kavali, NBKR Engineering College in Vidyanagar, 52 degree and PG colleges, 12 MBA/MCA colleges, V.R. Law college, 12 B.Ed colleges, two oriental colleges in SPSR Nellore District came under VSU. Later on, NBKR Engineering college shifted its affiliation to JNTU Anantapur.
From the inception of the university, there has beena lot of criticism on its recruitment process. Former Vice-Chancellor G. Rajarami Reddy mainly focused on recruitment than developing infrastructure which resulted in not attaining University Grants Commission (India) 12 B Status till now.
He recruited 19 teaching faculty members in December 2013 where there are no tourism studies qualified fraternity in the department of tourism management and no biotechnology qualified fraternity in the department of biotechnology. He even malpracticed the roster points by showing integrated biotechnology as biotechnology in the recruitment notification. The 45 non-teaching recruitment was criticized widely because the posts of deputy registrar, assistant registrar and senior assistants were given to those who didn't have essential qualifications as per UGC norms. The recruitment was in June 2014 when there was ban on recruitment and appointments in the state of Andhra Pradesh based on a government order. Without any parallel government order to the above government order, this fraudulent recruitment happened. The issue is under the view of honorable Lokayukta Andhra Pradesh for necessary inquiries and action.
While inaugurating the official web domain (simhapuriuniv.ac.in) of the university, the key people here grossly neglected safeguarding and renewing the old official web domain (simhapuriuniv.org) resulting in misuse of the old domain by some fake degree racketeers. This issue came to light on August 14, 2014. Fake degrees of this university were widely available in North India. The government of Chhattisgarh state black-listed VSU degrees pon the orders of Chhattisgarh Log Aayog and the government permitted acceptance of this university degrees upon prior verification only.
The overall strength of the students in university colleges has been decreasing while comparing to past years. Students criticized that this degrading in academics of university is because of the policies adopting by present administrators. A research scholar tried to commit suicide by immolating himself on the top floor of a building in university campus. He took extreme step as the VSU officials refused to recommend his name to UGC for fellowship.
Some terrorists hacked the university website and posted some illicit content. The hacking exposed its failures in protecting its administrative set-up, which ought to have been kept a secret, and paved way for its internal affairs reaching terror elements.
To get rid of such situations, the officials of the university have to maintain their own web servers, but they are not in a position because of their poor knowledge. The appointment of a state public information officer of VSU has been criticized widely. K. Narasimha Rao, an assistant professor, has been the information officer for many years instead of registrar or a senior professor. It is widely criticized that Narasimha Rao is the person who safeguards the administrators from all the fraudulent activities by sending wrong and improper information to all Right to Information Act, 2005 applications.
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