‘City will be developed as international education hub'
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday said Hyderabad and its surrounding areas would be developed as international education hub to enable the State to compete with other countries in the sector.
Addressing a gathering of students and faculty members of Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH) at Kandi village in Sangareddy mandal of Medak district on Thursday after conducting bhoomi puja (ground breaking ceremony), Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy said: “Already half a dozen foreign universities focussing on management are coming to Hyderabad. We will protect brand Hyderabad”.
Expressing confidence that IITH would become ‘an institute of excellence' in the near future, he listed out various steps initiated by his government like supporting the educational career of about 27 lakh students by spending an amount of Rs. 3,500 crore per annum. “Education ensures overall growth of an individual, giving him a sense of direction in life,” he said and added that technology would have a meaning only when it reaches the common man and changes his life.
Responding to the request made by Congress legislator T. Jayaprakash Reddy, the Chief Minister announced sanction of Rs. 20 crore for the development of three villages – Kandi, Kavalampet and Mamidipally. Land was acquired for these three villages for construction of IITH.
Union Minister of State for Human Resources, D. Purandeswari said : “These institutes are the global face of India. The resolution passed by the American Congress appreciating the contribution of IITians to its economy is a great recognition.”
She said IITH has been faring well among the new national institutions. “But we want job givers instead of job seekers from these institutes”.
Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha urged the Union Minister to sanction a Hindi University and a Sports University for the State. IITH board chairman Ajai Chowdhry, director Prof. B. Desai and others participated in the programme.
Police made foolproof arrangements and did not allow anybody other than IITH students, faculty and invitees into the premises.
Some TRS workers who wanted to protest were taken into custody and released after the Chief Minister left the venue.