Union Human Resources Minister Smriti Irani will lay the foundation stone for three educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday in the state in presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and other state dignitaries. These three central institutions coming up in Chittoor district around Sri City are Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Information Technology Chittoor (IIIT). This foundation stone laying ceremony comes in less than two months after the foundations were laid for IIM Vizag.
The CM said that these institutions combined with other academic organizations that will come up will help make Andhra Pradesh the epicentre of knowledge and education. The IISER, IIT and IIIT will tie up with various national and international institutes and universities abroad, so that students have an opportunity to interact with the faculty and broaden their horizons. Officials said Thursday that AP is aiming to become a model state for innovation and entrepreneurship, and the central institutions will act as a catalyst to create talent pool and numerous career opportunities.
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“Given that Andhra Pradesh is strong in higher education, these institutions will emphasize on providing quality education for students with best facilities and increase the scope of skill development in the state. The government is focusing on restructuring the education system in order to empower people, create jobs, and boost economic growth,’’ an official said. IISER, Tirupati, would be the sixth in the country and is meant for basic science education and research, different from traditional science colleges. Students will be exposed to latest developments in various fields of science and will be provided hands-on training.
Research facilities will be developed in such a way that faculty are able to pursue research in front line areas and make a significant impact in the science arena. The IISER Tirupati will be a “smart” and an environment-friendly “green campus”, and will be mentored by IISER Pune, which was the first to be established in 2006. The institution will initially function from a temporary campus until the permanent campus comes into existence. IIT, Tirupati, will be established in an area of 590 acres at Meralapaka Village in Yerpedu Mandal, near Tirupati in Chittoor District. IIT Madras will mentor the Tirupati campus along with the new institution in Palakkad, Kerala. Other major institutions like IISER, Sri Venkateshwara University being located nearby, will create a critical mass and synergy for a knowledge ecosystem to flourish.
The latest IIIT is being set up at Sri City, Satyavedu Mandal, Chittoor district. Theinstitute has already commenced research programs in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Smart Cities. The Smart Cities program will be extended to the ‘Smart Village’ program of Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Institute will also focus on Research and Create Knowledge in the areas of ESDM (Electronic System Design & Manufacturing), Automotive Electronics, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Technologies for Smart Cities, Supply Chain & Logistics, Clean Energy and Aerospace. IIIT, Tirupati will initially focus on creating WiFi Network within Sri City and develop technologies for Smart Electrical Metering & Load Management, Smart Water Metering & Leak Detection, Smart Pubic Transportation Management, and Smart Security Monitoring.