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Sonia to inaugurate IIIT at Idupulapaya today

Special Correspondent

An overcast sky and inclement weather against the warning of a low-pressure is worrying organisers


State established autonomous IIITs to cater to the educational needs of meritorious rural youth

1,122 seats have been allotted for students of Kadapa, Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool and Nellore




Aiming high: Students using laptops in a classroom at the IIIT in Idupulapaya.

KADAPA: United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi will inaugurate Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) IIIT at Idupulapaya in Vempalle mandal on Thursday.

Ms. Gandhi would inaugurate the statue of her husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and would unveil a pylon to inaugurate the IIIT. She would go round the classrooms and dormitory and later interact with students from a dais put up specially for the purpose.

The State Government established three autonomous IIITs under RGUKT at Basara in Adilabad, Nuziveedu in Krishna district and at Rajiv Gandhi Valley (Idupulapaya) in Kadapa district this year to cater to the educational needs of meritorious rural youth of the State. The IIITs would specialise in teaching and research in information technology and other emerging disciplines.

The IIIT is offering an integrated six-year programme with three semesters every year for those passing SSC, for award of dual degrees, B. Tech. in IT and B. Tech or M.Sc. in other domain specialisations in engineering and science.

The State Government is subsidising the tuition fee in the Government-sponsored Rajiv Gandhi University and each student would have to pay Rs. 6,000 per year for the first two-years of pre-university programme and Rs. 10,000 per year for the subsequent four years. In all, 1,122 seats have been allotted for students of Kadapa, Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool and Nellore districts. Each student has been given a laptop.

Pre-fabricated structures have been put up for classrooms and dormitories to accommodate 2,000 students, district Collector M.T. Krishna Babu said.

Tenders were being called for construction of buildings on the IIIT premises and they are expected to be ready by the next academic year, he said. Ms. Gandhi will arrive at 1.10 p.m.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, AICC general secretary Veerappa Moily, A.P. Congress Committee president D. Srinivas and others will attend the inaugural function.

All set for gala meet

Tirupati Special Correspondent adds: With barely a few hours to go before Ms. Gandhi touches down at the Tirupati airport for her much-hyped interface with the women members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs), the venue specially being made up for the event at a stone’s throw from the airport is getting finishing touches.

All the 2 lakh chairs are arranged in their special enclosures where as many women ferried from different mandals of the Chittoor, Kadapa and Nellore districts on board a fleet of 2,500 APSRTC buses would be seated.

Gleaming ornate brass-rimmed sofa sets also are in place in the VIP enclosures put up close to the dias. Thick lush-green carpets are spread on the floor of the special enclosures giving it a touch of opulence.

Workers were seen busily engaged in giving finishing touches to the podium and putting up banners of Sonia Gandhi and Rajasekhar Reddy in the back-drop.

An overcast sky and inclement weather against the warning of a low-pressure off the Visakhapatnam coast with a forecast for heavy rains in the next 48 hours is worrying the organisers. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy would be reaching Tirupati airport on board his chopper from Hyderabad at 10 a.m., 45 minutes ahead of Sonia Gandhi’s arrival.

Informal discussions

While waiting for the UPA chief, he is expected to make a quick review of the arrangements at the venue with the officials and Ministers besides informal discussions with party leaders.

Ms. Gandhi besides disbursing loans and subsidies to the tune of about Rs.200 cr. to the women beneficiaries on the occasion, also would be handing over a cheque for Rs.50 cr. to the chairperson of the LIC towards the premium for the various pro-poor schemes of the State government.

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