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Head of the Department

HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENTఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయం, తెలుగు శాఖ

Prof. Surya Dhananjay has over 19 years of experience in teaching, research and administration. She joined as a faculty in the Department of Telugu of Osmania Universityin the year 1999. She worked as Asst. Professor from 1999 to 2005 and Associate Professor from 2005 to 2013 and Professor from the year 2013. She took over as Head, Department of Telugu July 2017, and holds the distinction of being the first Tribal lady Head, in the history of the Department of Telugu, Osmania University. Currently she is a Professor at the Department of Telugu and also the Director, Women Empowerment Cell at University College of Arts and Social Sciences, Osmania University. Earlier she served as Chairman, Board of Studies in Telugu in the year 2016 and Youth Welfare Officer, Osmania University from 2012 to 2017. She was a Member of the Cultural Co-ordination Committee for organization of Osmania University Centenary Celebrations 2017-18. She was also a Coordinator for UGC Refresher Course conducted by Academic Staff College, O.U. (22nd June – 12th July, 2018).

Prof Surya Dhananjay has authored and published (5) Books, translated (1) book and (4) books are under publication.Presented (30) research papers / articles and published (40) research papers / articles in various National and International Journals / magazines and (4) PhDs were awarded so far under her supervision. She is also guiding (16) research projects of PhD Scholars and (3) PDFs.Her areas of interest include Tribal Literature with special reference to Banjara Literature, JanapadaSahityam and Folklore Studies.

Prof. Surya Dhananjay has received (7) State Level and (2) National Level awards to her credit from various prestigious Cultural / Literary / Voluntary organizations for her contribution to Telugu and Banjara literatures and rendering service to the society.She is working in association with various administrative and departmental committees in Osmania University and also out of the University system as a nominated member.

Prof. Surya Dhananjay is an Associate Member of American Folklore Society (AFS), Indiana University, U.S.A., Life Member & Associate Secretary of Folklore Society of South Indian Languages (FOSSIL), Thiruvananthapuram, TN, India, Member, Telangana SaraswathaParishath (TSP), Hyderabad, T.S., Life Member, Telangana JanapadaSahityaParishat (TJSP), Hyderabad, T.S., Member & Vice President, National Banjara Professors Association (NBPA), T.S. Chapter. She is also Member of Telugu Advisory Panel, National Book Trust, New Delhi (2018-2020), Former Member of TSCHE, Govt. of Telangana (2014-2017), Member of Selection Committee for Award of ‘DasarathiPuraskaram -2016’ and Selection Committee for Award on the eve of ‘Women’s day – 2017’.

Prof. Surya Dhananjay established a non-profit, non-political and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by name "Yaadi Charitable Trust" in memory of Late mother Smt. Dhwali Bai and working for the betterment of rural poor and girl child in particular and working in association with a voluntary organization "Banjara Educational Growth and Enlightenment Society" (BEGES) for betterment of poor rural Banjara boys and girls.