World Bank to provide Rs. 5-crore grant to the centre

An Electro-magnetic Interference and Compatibility Centre will be established at Andhra University College of Engineering (AUCE) with a Rs. 5 crore grant under the World Bank-assisted Technology Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).

A similar centre on a smaller scale was established at the AUCE in the past with an investment of Rs. 40 lakh in which some tests were being carried out and the bigger centre under TEQIP would come up in three months, Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju, who himself is an electronics and communication engineering expert, said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Equipment estimated to be worth around Rs. 25 crore had to be procured and the rest of the amount would be spent on providing the necessary infrastructure, etc. The grant is for a period of three years.

The new centre would be able to test the equipment manufactured by the ISRO, DRDA, Navy and other organisations for the electromagnetic interference, which is commonly called electromagnetic pollution. This would also help the college to generate some revenue.

Rector A.V. Prasada Rao and Registrar K. Rama Mohana Rao were also present.

University’s Convocation would be conducted during December and Governor and Chancellor of the university E.S.L. Narsimhan was invited to attend during Prof. Raju’s visit to Hyderabad a few days ago.

The date of Convocation would be fixed according to the availability of the Governor.

Prof. Raju also announced that 59 posts of teachers would be filled up soon and a notification would be issued as soon as the Finance Department okayed the proposal. Regarding the filling up more than 130 backlog vacancies, he said that since the number of applications was very high, a lot of work was needed to verify them and also to fix the roster system without giving room to any complaint.

On many seats in postgraduate courses remaining vacant even after the just concluded I and II counselling sessions, the Vice-Chancellor said that if needed a third counselling session would be conducted but some details have to worked out before doing so.

Candidates admitted through counselling would only be eligible to receive scholarships and they would be denied the benefit if the admission for the vacant seats was done in the direct method, the Vice-Chancellor pointed out.