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The harbinger of AU The harbinger of AU

A. Ramalinga Sastry.A. RAMALINGA SASTRY



Sir A. Parasuram Patro

A. Parasuram Patro, who had the distinction of being conferred knighthood by the British rulers was one personality to be reckoned with among the very few of the 1920s who proposed opening of new avenues for higher learning.

Irrespective of their pro-British disposition, they were intrumental in getting the idea of the provision of a separate university for the northern part of the then Madras Presidency concrete.

Not only that, they strove hard to make the dream of the people whose mother-tongue was Telugu and who happened to be the major constituent of the population of the region for its location in Visakhapatnam and named Andhra University come true.

Being the youngest of the four sons of the Kaji (Head) of the village Lanjipalli, near Berhampore Town station on the Madras-Howrah railway line, Patro's flair for learning and aptitude for specialising in law bore fruit. He opted to be a practising advocate (then called vakil) at Madras and soon achieved monopoly over the patronage of almost all the Rajasahebs and Zamindari families of the region. The name and fame, coupled with the riches he thus earned, goaded him to join politics and he successfully contested the election for municipal chairmanship to start with. He could later become a member of the Madras Legislative Assembly and its Education Minister as well.

He even was ordained to participate in the historic Round Table Conference. It was during that time, April 1926 to be precise, he became instrumental for the introduction of the formation of Andhra University and got it passed.

Thanks to the all-out efforts of the likes of the former Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman, the late H.S. Samba Murthy, the Central Vigillance Commissioner, H.J. Dora, the Joint Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, H.L.N. Dora, and many more in pooling up the history of the glory of their paternal and maternal ancestors successfully to some extent, the part played by Sir A. Parasuram Patro in the process of the formation of AU, besides other aspects of achievements, saw the light of the day.

The AU authorities, taking full note of it, thought it fit to install his bust carved on stone on the campus in his memory. Now that the bust is ready, the authorities have decided to get it installed in front of the TLN Sabha Hall and unveiled at a function on March 25.

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