An expert at networking, Appa Rao outsmarted 35 others to become VC

GUNTUR: Professor Appa Rao Podile, who is in the eye of the Rohith Vemula storm, is where he is today because of his political connections, networking abilities and great lobbying skills, allege many in academic circles.

Appa Rao outsmarted more than 35 candidates who wanted to head the University of Hyderabad (UoH) and became the vice-chancellor in September 2015, thanks to strong backing from Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, they say.

A native of Thullur village in the new capital city area of Andhra Pradesh, Appa Rao has been with UoH for the past two decades. He served as chief warden from 2001 to 2004 when Chandrababu Naidu was at the helm of affairs of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

Sources said it was Venkaiah who had pushed Appa Rao’s name for the top post in UoH to HRD minister Smriti Irani. “Prof Appa Rao defines the very meaning of a political appointee. He got his bearings thanks to Venkaiah Naidu’s blessings,” said Krishna Sagar, an alumnus of Guntur’s Hindu College, from where Rao graduated.

The VC post had fallen vacant after Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, a UPA appointee, quit months after the BJP-led NDA government took over the reins in in 2014. After dilly-dallying for almost a year, the HRD minister named Rao, who is from the Kamma caste, as VC for five years.

But the sources said Appa Rao, who is a relative of a former TDP MP-cum-lobbyist from AP, built a network with Venkaiah to bag the coveted post. Chandrababu too is believed to have backed Rao’s name, thanks to hectic lobbying from the latter’s relatives. Sources said Rao has always maintained good equations with the TDP brass and is believed to have supported the party during the elections by roping in his relatives and friends.

Hyderabad scholar death: UoH failed to stem the rot, says probe team
The team finds strong resentment against vice-chancellor on campus.

Hyderabad: The two-member fact-finding committee sent by the Union HRD ministry to probe the suicide of PhD scholar Rohith Vemula in the University of Hyderabad is learnt to have found fault with the university administration for its inept handling of the students’ suspension issue, which triggered unrest on the campus for the past four months.

The committee is expected to submit its report to the ministry by Saturday. Based on this report, the ministry is likely to sack Prof. Appa Rao Podile as vice-chancellor. Prof. Appa Rao took over as VC only in September 2014 and if suspended he would become the VC with the shortest tenure at the UoH. His six-year term is set to end in 2020.

The committee is said to have felt that there is strong resentment against Prof. Appa Rao among dalit students ever since his tenure as chief warden in the campus between 2001 and 2004. Prof. Appa Rao’s tenure as chief warden was also mired in controversy as he faced similar allegations of discriminating against Dalit students in hostels and messes, which led to suspension of a few Dalit students and violent incidents on the campus then.


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12 responses to “An expert at networking, Appa Rao outsmarted 35 others to become VC

  1. PSK

    The day TDP was BORN, KULA GAJJI was born….
    It’s a slow poison…None can survive with this.

  2. Veera

    భ్రమరావతి పై TDP నాయకుల మనసులో మాట
    సింగపూర్ నుంచి చాలా వస్తాయి అనుకొన్నాము కాని ఏమీ రావట్లేదు అని ఒక సీనియర్ మంత్రి నాతొ అన్నాడు -తెలకపల్లి రవి, NTV KSR లైవ్ షో,Jan 22
    అసలు ఏమి జరుగుతుందో అర్ధం కావడం లేదు అని అధికార పార్టీ కి దగ్గరగా ఉండే నాయకుడు నాతో అన్నాడు, అసలు 800 రహస్య GO లు ఏమిటో?
    మీకింకా భ్రమలు ఉంటె మీ ఖర్మ!!!!

  3. Veera

    నేను సంపద సృష్టించాను-బాబు
    1995 లో బాబు CM కాకముందు బడ్జట్ లోటు-1700 కోట్లు
    9 సం పాలించి 2004 లో బాబు దిగిపోయేనాటికి బడ్జెట్ లోటు-8706 కోట్లు
    2009 లో YS చనిపోయేనాటికి “మిగులు” బడ్జెట్-1004 కోట్లు
    బాబు సంపద సృష్టించాడా, మింగాడా? మీరే డిసైడ్ చేసుకోండి!!!

  4. Veera

    డిల్లీ టు గల్లీ వరకు కులం వైరస్-లోక్ సత్తా జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ చౌదరి
    (కుల ప్రీతి తో రాజధాని తో సహా అన్నీ విజయవాడ లో బాబు పెడుతుంటే మీరు కనీసం ఇది అన్యాయం అని ధర్నా చేసారా? లేదు బాబుకు ఒక వినతి పత్రం ఇచ్చారా?ఈ విషయం మీద అఖిల పక్ష మీటింగ్ ఎందుకు పెట్టరు? ఎందుకు సర్ కంటితుడుపు మాటలు?
    Preachers seldom practice!!!)
    Note: No bad comments please !!!

  5. Veera

    వైస్ ఛాన్సలర్ అప్పారావు చౌదరి చేతిలో నేను పడిన బాధలు అవమానాలు చెప్పడానికి మాటలు చాలవు -దళిత డాక్టర్ కెప్టెన్ రవీందర్ కుమార్
    [Hyderabad varsity abused me: Dalit chief medical officer
    CMO Capt. Ravinder Kumar alleges upper caste lobby harassment, says he felt like committing suicide.
    Hyderabad: He is the doctor of the national hockey team. He has served the Army for seven years. But, Captain Ravindra Kumar, the chief medical officer at the University of Hyderabad, is frustrated.

    The upper caste lobby has been harassing him for several years after he was appointed in the key post on campus because, he says, he is a Dalit.

    “I have felt like committing suicide several times due to the harassment from the upper caste lobby. I did not end my life because I have to take care of my family,” says Capt. Dr Ravindra Kumar (retired), who sent his resignation letter to vice-chancellor Appa Rao Podile on Thursday.

    “They harassed me by filing false cases. They tried to put me down by appointing junior staff in key committees like the hospital regulation committee. The kind of humiliation I faced after Prof. Appa Rao took charge as vice-chancellor cannot be explained in a few words. I have been serving UoH for 26 years, and this is what I get,” said Dr Kumar.

    After Rohith wrote to the V-C asking for poison, as per protocol, the CMO should have been notified. “Prof. Appa Rao should have alerted me after he received the letter. We have a medical counsellor for students and we could have helped Rohith if the V-C had informed me,” said the CMO.

    Soon after Rohith’s death, Dr Kumar called the V-C on his mobile phone as per protocol, but he did not answer. “He texted me stating he would call me once he is free. But he has not called me back till today,” he said.

    The V-C also violated the university protocol by not reporting the Susheel Kumar incident to the CMO.

    “They appointed Dr Anupama, who is several years my junior, to examine Susheel after the alleged assault. Official procedure states that the CMO should get the medical report. They never showed me the report because I am a Dalit and they feared they would not be able to manipulate it,” said Dr Kumar adding that Dr Anupama was chosen because she belonged to the upper caste.

    After Prof. Appa Rao took charge, the CMO had to meet him for official communications but the the V-C always tried to avoid such meetings, he said.

    “When I went to his office to convey important official matters, he either kept me waiting outside or refused to meet me.

    “I have seen people, with no connection with the university, freely walking into his chamber, while I waited outside. Why was he reluctant? I was not going to ask him for personal favours. I was doing my official duty,” Dr Kumar said.

  6. Aa …….Naramu lo Nijayathee leni varu ?

    Rastranni brastupattisthunnaaru

    @ Venukayya …..are you not ashamed of being a narrow minded caste fanatic ?
    What will you take with you when you die ??

  7. One Facebook page for….Babu Rao Chowdhary ?
    One Facebook page for …Appa Rao Chowdhary ?
    Before we hear about a ……Subbarao Chowdary ???

    Please let the world know the facts from AP.

  8. Kula Rajakeeyalu …..Dhana pucchi tho
    Manava viluvalanu marachi ……Rakshasuluga brathukuthunna
    Kondharu Gajji / Gaja Dongalanu bhayatapettandi
    Telugu Samajanni …….Shubhraparachandi

    Yesterday…..Risiteswari suicide / murder – How did Babu Rao Chowdary get away ?
    Today …….Rohit suicide / murder – How is Appa Rao Chowdary getting away ?
    Tomorrow…..Another murder – Will Subba rao Chowdary get away ?
    Yes is the answer ….If the 95% Public in AP does not wake up and pluck this yellow weed out of the society.

  9. Veera

    ఎవరక్కడ?రెడ్డి అనేవాడు కనపడితే ఏదో ఒక కేసు పెట్టి లోపల వేయండి!!!
    2009లో ”జగన్ నాయకత్వం వర్ధిల్లాలి” అని గోడలపై రాతలు రాయించినందుకు చెవిరెడ్డిపై కేసు నమోదు-చిత్తూరు జిల్లా పీలేరు కోర్టుకు తరలింపు
    మరి ఇంత కామెడీ తట్టుకోలేకే కదా కామెడీ నటులు AVS ధర్మవరపు MS కొండవలస .. వెళ్ళిపోయారు!!!
    [గోడ మీద చెవిరెడ్డి రాతలు- మరోసారి అరెస్ట్
    వైసీపీ ఎమ్మెల్యే చెవిరెడ్డి భాస్కర్‌రెడ్డిని ప్రభుత్వం వెంటాడుతోంది. సమైక్యాంధ్ర ఉద్యమంలో ఆందోళనకు సంబంధించిన కేసులో ఇప్పటికే చెవిరెడ్డిని అరెస్ట్ చేసి నెల్లూరు జైలుకు తరలించిన పోలీసులు మరో కేసు నమోదు చేశారు. ఈసారి కేసు నమోదుకు పోలీసులు చెప్పిన కారణం కాసింత కామెడీగానే అనిపిస్తుంది. 2009లో ”జగన్ నాయకత్వం వర్ధిల్లాలి” అని గోడలపై రాతలు రాయించినందుకు చెవిరెడ్డిపై కేసు నమోదు చేశామని పోలీసులు చెబుతున్నారు. నెల్లూరు జైలులో ఉన్న చెవిరెడ్డిని గోడల మీద రాతల కేసులో చిత్తూరు జిల్లా పీలేరు కోర్టుకు తరలించారు.
    వైసీపీ ప్రజాప్రతినిధులపై కావాలనే ప్రభుత్వం కేసులు మోపుతోందనడానికి ”గోడల మీద రాతల”పై కేసు నమోదు చేయడమేనని వైసీపీ నేతలు ఆగ్రహం వ్యక్తం చేశారు. నెల్లూరు జైలులో ఉన్న ఎంపీ మిథున్ రెడ్డి, చెవిరెడ్డిలను జగన్ పరామర్శించిన రోజే ప్రభుత్వం మరో కేసులో చెవిరెడ్డిని అరెస్ట్ చేయడం ఆసక్తిగా ఉంది. ]

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