ATF celebrates centenary of Osmania University

By The IST News Network

December 5, 2017. Australian Telangana Forum(ATF) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the  Osmania University established by the Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Usman Ali Khan in 1917, at the Durga Mandir Auditorium in Regents Park, NSW.

Dr Vinod Elete, Chairman of the program management committee gave a historical view of Osmania University and the invited honourable guests onto the podium to start celebrations.

The occasion was celebrated amid rants of “Jai Telangana” and graced by Telangana Home Minister Mr. Nayani Narasimha Reddy, who was the chief guest and Indian Consul General in Sydney Mr. B Vanlalvawna, Member for

Strathfield Hon’ble Ms. Jodi Mckay, Member for Berowra Hon’ble Mr. Julian Leeser and Multicultural NSW Chair Dr. G.K. Harinath.

Mr. Azam Ali TRS General Secretary, Mr. Srinivas Reddy GHMC Standing Committee member, Dr Srinivas Raju Yerra Consultant Neurologist at Royal Northshore Hospital OU Alumni , Dr Papi Reddy former senate member OU, Dr Mahesh Ghantasala, Dr. Bharathi Reddy (Member, Organising Committee), , Advisor Dr. Yadu Singh (Sydney Cardiologist and President FIAN) and members of the Organising Committee Mr Narasimha Reddy, Ass Professor at Western Sydney University OU Alumni and other ATF Office bearers spoke on the occasion.

ATF President Ashok Malish, Anil Munagala, Seri Pradeep, Ram Reedy, Goverdhan Reddy, Prashanth Kadaparthi, Indrasena, Papi Reddy, Narasimha Reddy – Telangana Business Council President- Mr. Sandeep Munagala, Vasu Totkur and others were also present.

The Hon’ble Home Minister Mr. Narasimha Reddy in his speech in Telegu touched upon various points regarding investment in Telangana to overcome water problem in the state and employment issues.

He told Telangana Business community later that investing in Telangana is safe and secure. He called for investment in the Pharma sector for which the State has allotted 5,000 acres in Kundukur, Yacharam and Mall villages to develop pharma hub. Similarly, the State Government has allotted 2,000 acres for textile industry in Warangal. Telangana has installed CCTV cameras to ensure safety of people. Two major water reservoirs have been commissioned in Karimnagar and Vijawada Road near Ramoji film City Road so that there is no water scarcity in the State. After interaction with Ivanka Trump at the GE summit a lot of investors are looking forward to invest in Telangana.

To felicitate investment, he said we have single window system and the proposals will be cleared within 15 days. His main concern was the employment problem and appealed to investor to invest in this area. He also said the State Govt was working hand-in-hand with the Central Government for the development of Telangana.

Dr. Yadu Singh, President of Federation of Indian Associations in NSW (FIAN) congratulated ATF for organising the centenary celebrations of Osmania University. He applauded the Telengana Government for providing excellent governance in the state.

Dr. Bharathi Reddy alumni of the university, addressing the gathering said Osmania University has produced several doctors, engineers and cricketers. To name a few are former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and more recent is Mithali Raj, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team who has scored most runs.

Among those also present were alumni of Osmania University led by Dr. GK Harinath, who was born on the campus of the university and seen the university grow. He graduated from the university Medical College and recollected that he used to pay only Rs. 300 as yearly fees which equals $10. He said the university was established after the 1st World War and soon after Cholera epidemic broke out in the state. With deaths and epidemic plaguing the state, the Nizam opened a medical college in the university.

Mr. Azam Ali revealed very interesting anecdotes. He said the Urdu language was born in Hyderabad, grew in Delhi and became young in Lucknow. He narrated famous Urdu couplets like “jab who baat kartein hain to har lafz se khushboo aaye. Ye baat wahi kartein hain, jise urdu aaye (when they talk every word spreads fragrance, this way only he will talk who understands Urdu)” .

Jodi Mackay recalled that she visited Hyderabad in January this year and Mr. Azam’s mother presented her a beautiful Saree and plans to visit Andhra again in February next year. Jodi was presented with a Ponchampalli Saree by the Minister Reddy along with an Osmania University memento and a painting. The mementos were also presented to all the VIPs present on the stage.

Mr. Leeser gave his introduction in fluent Hindi but with sentences becoming longer, he switched to English. His namaskar drew a thunderous applause from the audience. A regular at the Indian events, Julian is very popular dancer on Bollywood music. We were deprived of his rare talent as he had to leave for his next appointment.

The Consul General said he was envious to see a large gathering of Osmania University alumni that he had never seen even in India. He said Osmania is one of the biggest universities in India that has given more doctors and engineers to the country. He also made an announcement from the platform that those who have PIO cards should avail the opportunity to get OCI for free up to 31 December next after which there will a charge of $ 25.

After the formal function, the event witnessed scintillating cultural performances by Kavitha, Harika, Kavya,Vani, Aliveni, Sunitha, Swetha Tedla and children Akshara, Joshitha, Swarnika, Tejas, Rithvik, Samanvi, Advitha and lot more kids.

Singers Vidya, Kusuma, Veeresh and Chitra performed entertaining the OU alumni crowd with their melodious voice singing both in Telugu and Hindi.


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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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