The medal is named after GLN Murthy, an employee of UoH, who passed away on August 08, 2020.
Murthy was a graduate in Telugu Literature, Sociology and Mass Media writing, and also one of the co-founders of Prayogam Theatre Group (PTG). He served the University of Hyderabad for almost 40 years. He was a renowned cultural journalist, who had hundreds of articles among vernacular dailies to his credit.
He was closely associated with a multitude of cultural and media organisations and spearheaded PTG’s media & public relations department.