The Hyderabad-based Osmania University turned 100 this year!
And its alumni association has decided to adopt 100 villages in Telangana, as a token of gratitude and respect towards their alma mater.
Osmania University. Source: Wikimedia
An alumni association with an enviable strength of about 25,000 members, that includes engineers, businessmen, doctors, advocates and other professionals, the proposal is to recognize the problems faced by the villages with the help of district collectors and then progress accordingly with a plan of action.
“The state government has been promoting village adoption scheme and already public representatives, officials, celebrities and other important personalities have decided to adopt backward villages in the state and develop them. Our Osmanians will also take part in the programme and serve the state. The programme will begin from next month itself,” Osmania University Centenary Celebrations Alumni Committee chairman Anantula Shyam Mohan told TOI.
While infrastructure facilities like proper schools or hospital buildings is the need of the hour for some villages, some require to be supplied with medical care and attention. “A high-level committee will be constituted with some expert members on various issues such as doctors, engineers and businessmen to interact with officials and zero in on issues pertaining to the specific village and solve them,” Shyam Mohan added.
Close to 8,700 gram panchayats come under the jurisdiction of Telangana, where only about 2,500 gram panchayats have been adopted by public representatives, according to TOI. The alumni members belonging to particular villages that fall under the chosen 100, also plan on taking up programmes such as medical camps and awareness on foreign jobs, benefiting the rural landscape of the state.
The 100-year-old university is known to have produced some of the many brilliant minds in the country that include former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, former Lok Sabha speaker Shivraj Patil, distinguished film personalities like Shyam Benegal, and former RBI governor YV Reddy.