Special Correspondent

Preference given to students with rural background and hailing from weaker sections

IIITs at Basar, Nuzvid, Kadapa are attached to Rajiv Gandhi varsity of Knowledge Technologies

To provide education on a par with international standards to students from rural areas

KURNOOL: In all, 275 students have been selected for admission to International Information Institution of Technology (IIIT) from Kurnool district. Collector G. Balaramaiah said applications would be collected from the candidates on June 14 at the offices of the Revenue Divisional Officers (RDOs).

The Collector formally released the list of selected candidates.

The government has set up three IIITs at Basar (Adilabad), Nuzvid (Krishna) and Kadapa attached to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies with the idea of providing education on a par with international standards to meritorious students from rural areas. The basic objective was to offer IT fruits to the rural students also.

The institutes will specialise in teaching of information technology and other emerging disciplines. A total of 2,000 students will be admitted to each centre for the six-year integrated dual engineering degree programme.

Selection process

The selection was based on the marks secured in the SSC. Preference was given to students with rural background and downtrodden sections. Of the total, 228 were from government-supported schools, 47 from private schools. Also, 171 were boys and 104 were girls.

The Collector said 12 students belonged ST category, 51 to SC, 135 BC and 77 OC. The Collector said the selection of candidates was centralised at State-level, which was done taking into consideration all aspects.

The district administration was nothing to do with the selection but only facilitated the admissions after selection.

Some of the students were on the waiting list because all would not join the IIITs. Mr. Balaramaiah said the applications would be supplied to every selected candidate through Deputy Educational Officers and Headmasters.

Kadapa Special Correspondent adds: As many as 175 students got selected for admission to IIIT set up at Idupulapaya, including 98 OC students, District Collector M.T. Krishna Babu said on Friday.

At least one to four seats were allotted per mandal basing on the population and selection was done through grading system, he told a press conference here.

Complaints

Complaints were received that students securing high marks were not selected and five such complaints were referred to Principal Secretary of Information Technology and A.P. Higher Education Council, he said.

OC students should pay Rs. 6,000 per year for the first two years and Rs. 10,000 in the next four years, he said. SC/ST and BC students will be educated free of cost, he said. Loans would be arranged from Andhra Bank to those who cannot afford the fees, he assured. Counselling would be conducted in the offices of Revenue Divisional Officers on June 14.

Joint Collector M. Girijasankar, Municipal Commissioner S. Aleem Basha, Pulivendula OSD B. Krishnamohan Reddy and DRDA Assistant Project Director Gurrappa participated.