Prof. R.S. Sarraju, former Head of the Department of Hindi and presently Head of Center for Dalit, Adivasi and Translation Studies, University of Hyderabad (UoH) is appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university.
Prof. R.S. Sarraju was born on 20th September 1958 in a village called Prathipadu of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. He graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad (1977) and obtained M.A. Degree in Hindi language and literature from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam in (1979). He submitted his Doctoral thesis on “The Birth of Novel Literature in India; a comparative and sociological analysis” and was awarded Ph.D from Andhra University in the year 1984. After obtaining Ph.D degree, he worked as a Research Associate, (U.G.C.) from 1984-1990 and started teaching Hindi language and literature at post graduate level. Subsequently he was appointed as a Lecturer in 1990 in the department of Hindi, Andhra University, Visakhaptnam. He continued his teaching at UoH from 1996 onwards and was appointed as a Reader in Hindi in 2000. During 2005-08, he served in Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Moscow on deputation and taught in Moscow State University and Moscow State University of Humanities. On return to UoH, he has been continuing as Professor of Hindi since 2008. Apart from Russia, he had visited South Africa in 2012 and USA in 2017 and 2018.
Prof. R.S. Sarraju has specialized in the areas of Functional Hindi, Translation studies and comparative Indian Literature. He was awarded a certificate of merit by Human Resource Development Ministry, Government of India in 1989 for his contribution to Hindi language and literature. Further the Bihar State Government conferred Dr. George Grierson award on him in 2015.
He had published 8 books and more than 60 research papers and translated a few works from Hindi to Telugu and vice-versa among which translation of science fiction of Mr.K. Sadasiva Rao I.P.S. from Telugu to Hindi and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay written by Shri Mahesh Chandra Sharma from Hindi to Telugu (Under publication by Publication division Govt. of India) are worth mentioning. Among the books, the following titles are well received in academic community.
- Bharatiya upanyas sahitya ki bhoomika , Seeta Prakashan Hathras (1986)
- Telugu kavya dhara mein adunikhatah bodh, Seeta prakashan Hathras (1988)
- Bharatiya upanyas sahitya ka udhbav , Milind Prakashan Hyderabad (2005)
- Prayojan mulak Hindi: sthithi sandarbh aur prayukthi visleshan, Milind Prakashan Hyderabad (2006)
- Aaj ki Hindi aur anuvad ki samasyayien, Milind prakashan Hyderabad (2007)
- Tulanatmak sodh aur samajsastreey bodh, Milind prakashan Hyderabad (Edited) 2016
12 Research students were awarded Ph.D. Degrees and 23 students were awarded for M.Phil. Degrees under his guidance so far.
He is a Member of Academic Bodies in various Universities like Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University Wardha, Maharashtra, Central University of Gujarat, Central University of Karnataka, Central University of Tamilnadu, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Amarakantak, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra University Visakhapatnam, A.P and several autonomous colleges and has been contributing in the preparation of syllabi for teaching Hindi at graduate and post-graduate level.
He had also served as warden of hostels during 2000-2005 and as the Chief Warden of the UoH during 2009-12. He was Honorary Director of Academic Staff College, UoH during 2012-13 and Chairman, Campus Amenities Committee, UoH (2014-2016).
He was a member of Executive Council of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtreey Hindi University, Wardha (2016-2019) and member in ‘Kendriy Anudan Samiti’ of Central Hindi Directorate 2019-2020. (Ministry of Human Resource Development)
Prof. Sarraju is member in Hindi Advisory Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India 2020 and also Member Hindi Advisory Committee, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India 2021.