Andhra Pradesh [APPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

Andhra Pradesh notifies new state symbols after bifurcation

Andhra Pradesh Government notified its new state symbols after four year after bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2014 into two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. These states symbols were notified by State department of environment, forest, science and technology.

New state symbols

State bird: Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri). Locally known as Rama Chiluka.

State tree: Neem ( Azadirachta indica). Locally known Vepa Chettu.

State animal: Black-buck (Antilope cervicapra). Locally known as Krishna Jinka.

State flower: Jasmine (Jasminum officinale). Its adoption will promote jasmine, which is grown commercially in Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittoor districts of state.

State symbols of Telangana

State bird: Indian Roller (coracias benghalensis) or Palapitta. It also state bird of Odisha and Karnataka.

State tree: Jammi Chettu (prosopis cineraria).

State animal: Jinka or spotted deer.

State flower: Tangidi Puvvu (senna auriculata). It is widely used in the state’s famous Bathukamma festival.

Cabinet approves setting up of Central University in Andhra Pradesh

The Union Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for establishing Central University by name of Central University of Andhra Pradesh in Janthaluru village of Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh. It also approved the proposal for operationalization of Central University in transit campus.

Key Facts

Initially, the Central University will be formed as society under Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give legal status to it till amendment to Central Universities Act, 2009 is enacted and to enable commencement of academic activities from Academic Year 2018-19.

The Central University will be mentored by existing Central University till its governing structure is in place. It will increase access and quality of higher education and help in minimizing the regional imbalances in education facilities. It also gives effect to some provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.