In its continuing endeavour of associating with foreign institutions for providing quality education, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, has tied up with Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden, to offer a five-year integrated course.
The MoU was signed by the JNTUH Vice Chancellor, D.N. Reddy and the BTH Vice-Chancellor, Ursula Hass at a programme held at the JNTUH. The JNTUH College of Engineering Principal, N.V. Ramana Rao was present.
“This is the first of its kind programme in the country,” says Prof. D.N. Reddy.
The Computer Science Engineering stream of this programme has 30 seats and students can take either Software Engineering or Computer Science for their Masters programme after seven semesters. In the Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) stream that has 20 seats students will get Masters in Telecommunications. While the B.Tech degree is given by JNTUH, the Swedish university will give the Masters degree.
“It will help students to take up jobs in both India and Sweden,” says Gurudutt Kumar Velpula, Project Director – India, BTH. As a part of the MoU, students will study seven semesters in India and the remaining three in Sweden. The course fee is Rs. Two lakh per year. Mr. Velpula says that if students do their project work seriously telecom companies in Sweden will absorb them automatically. The BTH is situated in Karlskrona where top telecom companies of the world exist. The JNTUH has conducted a separate entrance test for admission into this programme . All the 50 seats have been filled and all the selected students have more than 92 per cent marks in Intermediate indicating the quality of students,” says Prof. Reddy.
He says an additional 100 students have expressed their willingness to join the programme but they could not be accommodated.
The University already offers a very popular Double Degree Masters Programme in Software Engineering, Telecommunication System and Signal Processing in association with BTH. Under this programme, students study one semester in JNTUH and the remaining three in BTH and the course fee is only Rs.1.25 lakh.
R. Ravikanth REDDY
JNTU-H has inked an MoU with Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden to offer a five-year integrated course in Computer Science Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering