Freshers of the engineering college given a warm welcome on Thursday.

"Every year, Andhra University produces more than 500 Ph.Ds. It has pioneered vast UG, PG and designer courses catering to the needs of diverse aspirants across the globe. Some of which continue to be unique in their own sense as not many colleges offer such programmes. Hope the university becomes IIT soon, probably by the end of this academic year," AU Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said.

In rapt attention

Y.V.S. Murty Auditorium on the premises of Andhra University College of Engineering (AUCE) was packed with freshers who were seen listening intently to the introductory presentation given by Prof. Raju here on Thursday.

“We are here to help you and our university is student-friendly. Parents can rest assured that AU will be a ragging-free zone facilitating conducive environment for holistic learning. Freshers can focus on their domains and learn to manage time while involving in sports and extra curricular activities,” he said.

He said that hostel amenities on the premises need to be improved.

“We need to focus on this area. The Government of India is extending its support to construct new hostel for girls with adequate and inbuilt facilities. Hopefully, by next year, the proposed hostel will be operational and the existing ones will also be improved,” he explained.

Freshers felt warm as Prof. Raju interacted with them, personally asking them to introduce themselves and enquiring about their area of interest. He requested them to cut down the use of mobile phones stating that constant exposure to the mobile tower radiation deteriorates their health. He then listed out the contact numbers of the HoDs of various departments of the university and urged the students to feel free to approach him in case of any further assistance.

Quality drive

AUCE Principal C. Rama Chandra Murthy elaborated on technical education quality improvement programme (TEQIP) Phase II. He said that the Department of Science and Technology had so far granted Rs.17.5 crore to enhance its projects and help them convert to demand-driven initiatives and quality- oriented educational system with improved training programmes. Among others, AUCE Vice-Principal P.S. Avadhani, assistant principals, HoDs of various departments of the college, chief wardens of AUCE hostels (boys and girls) and coordinators were part of the programme.

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