November 15, 2016
Andhra Pradesh chief minister who put Hyderabad on the global IT map, now wants to develop the new capital city of the state as a global best education centre.
Chennai: Just like he brought the IT global giants like Microsoft, Google and Infosys to Cyberabad when he was the chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu wants to develop Amaravathi, the new capital city of the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh, as the best knowledge hub in the country.
Which is why, he has roped in several global educational giants like U.S.Boston University, Harvard University, University of California, INDO-UK university and the like to set up their respective campuses at the new capital being built at a hectic pace near Vijayawada. This is in addition to the setting up of prominent health universities like Amrita Medical University, BRS Medicity Healthcare & Research Pvt. Ltd., Indo U K Institute of Health and the like to turn Amaravathi into a world class educational centre in the country.
Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday reiterated that no compromise would be accepted at any cost on providing highest quality of education & infrastructure development for protecting the interest of public. Which is why, every aspect of the educational institution, about to be set up, will go through several quality checks — mandatory work experience in industry, focus on engineering and technology, competencies, hands on experience, real world industrial applications, international exposure and fully flexible credit system.
Naidu hoped that these world class institutes would also benefit the backward and tribal areas of Seethammapeta in Srikakulam district, and beyond.
Foundation stone for SRM university will be laid on November 24 by Naidu. On the funding of the projects in Amaravathi, the world bank, Hudco & Andhra Bank altogether have in-principle sanctioned an amount of around Rs.17,500 Crores to build the new capital city for Andhra Pradesh.
Efforts are also on to enthuse the giant software companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Tesla, GE to Amaravathi.
The SRM university would come up in a 200 acres land to set up its campus for 17000 students in about five years time and increase it to 25000 students within 10 years. It will also have a medical college and university.
Indo U K Institute of Health (IUIH) in collaboration with King’s College, London proposes to establish healthcare project in Amaravati with an investment of INR 1000 Crores. IUIH is allocated 150 acres (50 acres in Phase-1 and 100 acres in Phase-2) of land in Amaravati. Phase-1 of project 1000 Bed King’s College Hospital, 200 Student Nursing School, 200 Student Paramedic training school, NHS Oncology Unit with rehabilitation Center, IUIH supply chain centers. Phase-2 project includes King’s College London medical college, Zimmer Biomet PG Medical Centre, IBM Asia data analytics center, Implant manufacturing Industry, NHS stem cells – Translational research and medical center, 5 Star and 3 Star Hotels.
Andhra Pradesh government is also considering allotting 200 acres of land to Amrita university which has proposed to set up its campus in Amaravati with 18,000 students by end of Phase-1 (7 years) and 47,000 students by the end of phase-2 (25 years).