Dr. P.Mallikarjuna Rao, who retired as the Professor of English from the Kakatiya University in March, 2011, was born and brought up in Warangal. He had all his scholastic and collegiate education in Warangal. He did his MA in English Literature from Osmania University and MPhil and PhD from Kakatiya University, Warangal. He had obtained a Diploma in ELT from RIE, Bangalore.
He has more than 40 years of Teaching and Research Experience. He has taught at the Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana State from 1981 to 2011, Regional Institute of English, Bengaluru from 1988 to 1990. He offered courses on Bhakti Literature and Indian Writing in English for three semesters to the post-graduate students of the Hyderabad Central University from 2012 to 2013. He taught a course on Indian Writing in English at the Secunderabad P. G. College of Osmania University as a UGC Visiting Fellow in 2013.
He gave lectures as a Resource Person for the UGC Refresh Course for College teachers at EFLU, Hyderabad, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Nagarjuna University, Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and Amaravati University, Maharashtra. He had also served on the PG Board of Studies of many of these Universities.
He served the Kakatiya University in many capacities; first as the Head of the English Department and later as Chairman BOS English and Dean, Faculty of Arts. He also contributed to the growth of the University by serving first as the Principal of the University PG College, Subedari and later the prestigious University Arts and Science College which has produced as illustrious personalities as Late PV Narasimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India and Prof. K. Jayashankar.
He has guided many PhDs and MPhils and published many research articles on various subjects as wide as American literature, African literature, Canadian literature, and Indian literature, including Bhakti literature, in India and abroad. Besides editing Critical anthologies on Post-colonial literatures (Atlantic: 2003) and Indian Writing in English (Atlantic: 1999), he has also edited English text books for degree students of the SDLCE, Kakatiya University. He has prepared Radio lessons for AIR, Bengaluru and other study materials for course participants of NCERT. He took part in many national and International seminars as a paper presenter and chaired many sessions.
In addition to these he wrote articles and gave talks on Sri Aurobindo, Swamy Vivekananda, Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi, Jiddu Krishna Murthy and the Buddha in AIR, Warangal. He is currently interested Buddhism and the spread of Dhamma. As a part of this he had a stone idol of the Buddha installed in front of the Kakatiya University Library and gave occasional talks at the Ananda Buddha Vihara, Secunderabad, now being managed by the Maha Bodhi Society of Bengaluru. Inspired by the teachings of Sathguru Sri Sivananda Murtyji of Bhimli, he has now undertaken the translation of a few of his essays.