Staff Reporter

To be funded by Central government, APSCHE

GUNTUR: Acharya Nagarjuna University will very soon have an agriculture research centre partly funded by the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education and the Central government.

University Vice-Chancellor Y.R. Haragopala Reddy told reporters that the APSCHE had agreed to release Rs.70 lakhs for carrying on research activity in commercial crops like chilli, cotton and tobacco and this was one of the four such centres being set up at Bapatla Agriculture College, Lam Research Station, Venkateswara University, Tirupati, and Andhra University.

The research would mainly focus on use of fertilizers, pesticides, seeds and the outcome of this research would be made known to farmers to help them grow these crops more economically with better quality of yield.

The APSCHE had also agreed to fund a project to begin e-Class room on the campus to provide an opportunity to students here to remotely participate in seminars and workshops at other universities.

UGC project

Training would be given to teachers in three subjects that have been changed in the undergraduate courses in the university-affiliated colleges. The training programme would be conducted at the Government colleges, while post-graduate teachers would be trained in their specialised subjects on ANU campus on the emerging trends.

Under the UGC’s project, Teacher Preparation in Special Education (TEPSE) and Higher Education for Persons with Special Needs (HEPSN) for the physically handicapped, Acharya Nagarjuna University has become the second university in Andhra Pradesh to have facilities in library for the physically challenged at a cost of Rs.5 lakh and Braille package at a cost of Rs.3 lakh has been bought for the visually-impaired.

Also under the programme, the university has selected three students from the Physical Education Department to help out the students.