Saturday, September 08, 2007

When Sri Aurobindo left the Baroda College Dr. C.R. Reddy was invited to fill the vacancy

Tribute to a teacher The Hindu Metro Plus Visakhapatnam Saturday, Sep 08, 2007
Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan were the two great teachers who worked in the city. When Aurobindo Ghosh left the Baroda College, the Gaekwar of Baroda invited Dr. C.R. Reddy to fill the vacancy. K.M. Munshi once mentioned that Dr. Reddy’s lectures were so inspiring that he would often attend the sessions just for the pleasure of it, though he was not a student of his class. In 1925, Dr. Reddy was appointed as the foundation Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University.
During the non-cooperation days when leaders like Gandhi, Nehru and Sarojini Naidu were put in prison, he stepped down from the V-C’s post in protest. The resignation letter was considered to be a gem of a piece and here is an excerpt from that letter: “The sacrifices and sufferings of my countrymen and countrywomen make it impossible for me to continue in my present position. I find the Vice-Chancellorship neither a pleasure nor an honour in the midst of these agonies.”
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan took charge after his resignation and continued till he left for England to take up professorship in eastern philosophy at Oxford University. Dr. Reddy took over again after Radhakrishnan for another term and was primarily responsible for the development of AU. (Contributed by Kolluru Jagannadha Rao)

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