Uma Vennam who recently took charge as the Rector of SPMVV is a professor of Social Work. Trained in premier institutes, both in India and abroad, Prof. Uma works in the area of rural poverty and social development with specific reference to women and children. Prof. Uma has a little over three decades of experience to her credit in teaching and research, training field workers, managing and coordinating field work with a multi-disciplinary team. Prof Uma is a qualitative researcher and currently leads on the qualitative research for Young Lives in India, a multinational longitudinal study of childhood poverty, funded by the DFID and undertaken in collaboration with the University of Oxford. She also works with the University of Sussex and serves on the advisory board of CIRCY. Earlier the Team Leader of the World Bank funded Andhra Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project (APDPIP) and Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project (APRPRP) Process Monitoring teams; Prof Uma is an acknowledged social development expert with excellent PRA and qualitative research skills. She has travelled extensively for her research work, invited lectures and paper presentation sin conferences.

At the university level Prof Uma has been a member of both academic and administrative bodies, contributed to the corporate life of the university and offered valuable service thereby contributing to the growth and development of the university.

Prof Uma has been presented with the Best Teacher Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

Born into a family of educationists, Uma is second of the four children to her parents, with two sisters and a brother. Feeling encouraged and supported at all times, Prof Uma attributes her success to the family, and her commitment and hard work.