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IIITs to be ready for by academic year

Staff Reporter


Rs. 10 crores to be released for each IIIT this year

Institutes to come up in Kadapa, Krishna, Adilabad


VIJAYAWADA: The work on construction of three International Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) sanctioned for the three regions of the State will begin shortly. The Government has made arrangements for the release of Rs. 10 crores for each IIIT this year.

Efforts are on to ensure that the IIITs are ready to recruit students from the next academic year, i.e. 2008-09. The three IIITs coming up at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district, Nuzvid in Krishna district and Basar in Adilabad district will strive to meet the aspirations of future technocrats from all the three regions of the State, according to Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) secretary M.D. Christopher.

“All steps are being taken not to miss the schedule. The IIITs will open for students from the next academic year,” Mr. Christopher said. For the next three years, the Government would release Rs. 10 crores for each IIIT so that the institutions were completed in all respects.

Mr. Christopher said a new thrust was being laid on strengthening the educational infrastructure all over the State by opening new colleges and even permitting universities like the Padmavathi Mahila University to open their own engineering colleges.

Enrolment

Referring to the standards set by the National Knowledge Commission, Mr. Christopher pointed out that the enrolment in higher education in the State was only 7.5 to 8 per cent, while the requirement should be not less than 15 per cent. “It means we will have to double the enrolment. For this, a systematic effort will have to be made. There should be no hesitation to rope in private players to bring higher education within the reach of more candidates,” he felt.

Mr. Christopher said it was to realise the goal of enhancing enrolment that Yogi Vemana University and Adi Kavi Nannaya Universities had been set up, while a horticulture university would come up in Krishna district soon. Three constituent colleges of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University were being set up at Pulichintala, Karimanagar and Vizianagaram.

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