Special Correspondent

No steps have been taken so far to give it an IIT or IIEST status

Andhra Pradesh yet to convey its willingness to the Union Ministry

Chief Minister promises to send the required letter to ministry

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra University College of Engineering (AUCE) is one of the five institutions in the country to be given the status of an all-India institution like IIT or IIEST.

The up-gradation of the college is pending with the Union Ministry of HRD, which seeks the State Government to give its consent to hand over the campus to the Central Government and to admit students on the basis of AIEEE examination, with 50 percent of seats reserved for students from Andhra Pradesh.

Of the five institutions examined by different committees to provide the all-India institution status Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University was given the IIT status recently, the Bengal Engineering College received the Ministry’s approval to be converted into a IIEST from the ensuing academic year while the Government of Kerala has conveyed its willingness to upgrade the Cochin college on the lines applicable to Bengal Engineering College.

While Governments in other States have reacted in the right direction and with promptness the Government of Andhra Pradesh is yet to convey its willingness to the Union Ministry to take the required steps to convert AUCE as an all-India institution. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has promised to send the required letter to the Union Ministry when a group of teachers met him in January. But the letter is yet to be sent.

Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy repeated the promise on AUCE three times in the past but he is yet to act.

Vizagites hope that a positive decision is taken without delay and it is not linked to the Telangana issue.