The medal is named after GLN Murthy, an employee of the UoH, who died on August 8, 2020.
Murthy was a graduate of Telugu literature, sociology, and mass media writing and a co-founder of the Prayogam Theater Group (PTG). He served at the University of Hyderabad for nearly 40 years. He was a renowned cultural journalist who earned hundreds of articles in local newspapers.
He was closely associated with a large number of cultural and media organizations and headed the media and public relations department at PTG.