Prof.  Sunkari Ramakrishna Rao

In-Charge VICE-CHANCELLOR,JNTUK Kakinada

Prof.Sunkari Ramakrishna Rao was born in 1951 in Madras to Late Sri S.Tulasidas Nayudu, IRS, and Shrimati S. Mani an ideal house wife. Rao’s School education started in Bidar and continued at Nalgonda, Nellore, Bapatla and finally Guntur. He graduated from Osmania University and obtained Post-Graduate degree from Andhra University in Parasitology (Zoology). He started his career as Lecturer in Public Health and Environmental Engineering in Andhra University in the Department of Civil Engineering. He secured promotions in due course and became a professor in 1998 in the Department of Civil Engineering in Andhra University where he worked till his superannuation in 2011.

He worked in the field of Marine ecology under the guidance of Prof. Kona Hanumantha Rao and got his doctorate in Zoology. He did his Post-doctoral programme in Institute for Coastal and Offshore-Research on “environmental influence on coastal fishing” under the guidance of Prof. R.V.Rama Rao and Prof. R.Madhavi. He was also groomed by Prof. T. Shivaji Rao, an Eminent environmentalist.

Prof. Sunkari is a linguist, with proficiency in French, German and Russian. His doctoral thesis on Environmental Studies is considered a benchmark study. He has 125 publications –National, International and seminar papers - to his credit. He has guided fifteen research scholars for their Ph.D and is consultant to many organizations like Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Hindustan Shipyard, NALCO, ONGC, VUDA, NTPC etc.

Prof. Rao went on lien to Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change for monitoring and reporting on environmental impacts of different industries and activities on the North Eastern and Eastern States of India. He worked also on deputation as Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences in GITAM University at Visakhapatnam. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change nominated him on the State Environmental Appraisal Committee of Andhra Pradesh. He is now a member on the Environmental Appraisal Committee for Non-Coal Mines’ of the Government of India, MoEF & CC .

Prof. Rao started Peoples’ Environmental Protection Society, a N.G.O. and worked on various issues of Pollution causing damage to Public Health. He filed a Public Interest Litigation ( PIL ) in 1992 regarding the issue of the sewage treatment plant in the Appughar area of MVP colony, Visakhapatnam which was flouting the CZR rules1992. He also mapped the eco- sensitive zones which face high risk of air pollution in Visakhapatnam. A model study was undertaken to treat water pollution and restore the biggest fresh water Lake Kolleru of Andhra Pradesh .

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