Prof. G. Sudarshan Reddy
From the correspondent’s Desk
Education is the fulcrum of life, for, peace, progress and development. It provides seedlings for culture and civilization. It is a passport to freedom and liberty and a higher calling in life. RBVRR Women’s College came into existence in the year 1954 under the aegis of Hyderabad Mahila Vidya Sangham, a non-profitable educational society. The College is privileged to be one of the pioneers in higher education offering undergraduate programmes in the State of telangana and has successfully completed 60 glorious years.
The institution owes its genesis to the visionary Sri Raja Bahadur Venkat Rama Reddy, the the Kotwal of the erstwhile State of Nizam. His contribution to the cause of education was not merely philanthropic but a deep commitment towards emancipation of women particularly hailing from the background regions of Telangana.
Some of the noteworthy reflections from the past that need a special mention, is the commendable role of stalwarts like Sri Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, the then Chief Minisater, Sri Konda Venkata Ranga Reddy, The then Revenue Minister, Sri Madapati Hanumantha Rao and Sri. Ramachandra Reddy, who, inspired by the lofty ideals of Sri Raja Bahadur, contributed significantly to the institution. The single minded devotion with which they succeeded in getting abundant support and cooperation will remain a guiding force to all those associated with RBVRR Women’s College even today. The college continues to move forward with the sterling spirit of its founding fathers.
Ever since its inception, at every milestone and between every two, RBVRR Women’s College has been articulating her plans for the future, acheieving one goal after another without much exulating about fruition. The progression of the college has been both quantitative and qualitative. The college began its academic journey with a modest strength of 59 students joining the intermediate programme in the year 1954. Introduction of degree courses in the year 1956-57, with Arts and Sciences faculties and B.Com in 1970-71 are noteworthy developments in the annals of its history. Presently the college hosts 2486 students of which 2070 are pursuing undergraduate programmes while 416 are post graduation students. It is indeed gratifying that our institution stands first in introducing MBA programme in the year 1991 and the first in the entire southern India to have started Forensic Science as one of the optional subjects.
It should be recalled that education commission of 1964-66 and National Education Policy 1986 have vouched for academic freedom on part of institutions as crucial to promotion and development of intellectual climate in the country for pursuit of scholarship and excellence. Academic autonomy is a positive reflection nurtured by any institution. Our college has the unique distinction of being the first affiliated non-minority women’s college to have been conferred autonomy by UGC in the year 1989. The college has recently celebrated silver jubilee of its autonomy.
It would not be an understatement to mention that our college has channelized its efforts towards excellence in performance, self governance and enhancement in quality education since the grant of autonomy. By virtue of the autonomous status, the college has introduced students centric courses like food and nutrition, Bachelor’s in Business Management and Technology, Event management and Journalism. Keeping in tune with the global trends, besides fulfilling the UGC mandate to introduce Choice Based Credit System, we have successfully embraced the same to provide for greater curriculum flexibility and learners’ mobility by offering 40 Add on and 42 IDE electives.
Our institution humbly and steadily continues to be in her quintessential role of emancipating women through quality education. NAAC accreditation with Grade A in the third cycle of accreditation has enabled the institution to gradually consolidate her strengths towards fruitful evolution. In furtherance of this, the award of much coveted “COLLEGE WITH POTENTIAL FOR EXCELLENCE” in the year 2010 is yet another landmark in its history under the X plan of UGC.
A retrospection gives the management a feeling that it has played a creditable role in achieving its objective of providing quality education to women hailing from rural areas. This is in itself a source of inspiration to war with great vigor and resolve on the occasion of the diamond jubilee Celebrations of the college to introduce more students centric courses which promise better employment opportunities and make them self reliant in all walks of life.
I humbly pay my tributes to our founding fathers. The legacy left behind by our founders in striving for the cause of women’s education Is unparalleled and a daunting task for successors in office. It is probably the countable few in millions of people who strive all their life for a noble cause, build an organization and leave behind their footprints for us to follow.
Lastly, I feel it a great privilege to have the unstinted support from the management, which has been a great help in discharging my duties as correspondent of the college. My sincere appreciation to all the teaching, non-teaching and support staff for their sincere and concerted efforts in smooth functioning of the college and students and alumni for bringing laurels to their Alma mater.