Dr.Penmetsa Appala Rama Krishna Raju, affectionately called Dr.PARK Raju is the first Dean of Research & Development of SRKR Engineering college and has created research infrastructure rivaling the experimental setups found in NIT’s and IIT’s for testing of Water and Wastewater in the WET Research Centre. There is no other Civil Engineering Department in a private engineering college in the state of Andhra Pradesh which has carried out so many funded projects on such issues of national importance as Water, Environment and Land. He has been invited to testify before technical committees of the Central Government on the issues of sharing Water, Environment and Development. His research outputs have been taken into account in making decisions that affect the future of the entire Telugu People. If there is one person in SRKREC known to all local news reporters all the way upto to the Ministers of State Government, it is Dr.PARK Raju.
With the proliferation of engineering colleges and the opening of opportunities to go abroad, outcome based education which is codified in the 12 graduate attributes has become the need of the hour to make our students globally competitive. The old B.E. degrees are long gone and now we only have B.Tech., with the emphasis on ‘application’ of knowledge to solve problems using the latest technology. Dr.PARK Raju has developed 7 Centres of Excellence under the Department of Civil Engineering which have inspired similar initiatives across the college and now the college has 12 centres under the umbrella of the Centre for Research and development. Dr.PARK Raju teaches the ‘state-of-the-art’ in his specialisation through applied research of the discipline for solving local problems with global relevance. All his project students work on field problems.
He has singlehandedly developed research centres and managed staff right from class IV employees to Emeritus Professors with the utmost professionalism and human touch. He has been instrumental in attracting talented and committed staff to the research centres that have created an unparalleled research profile for the college. In spite of being located in a rural environment, with his cooperation, many conferences, workshops and hackathons have been successfully organised by bringing together like minded staff from across departments. With his original idea and determination, he stitched an alliance of IITs and European Organisations and bagged the prestigious H2020 water challenge project titled as SPRING, the only one to be awarded for work in Southern part of India.