P. Sujatha Varma

IIIT Nuzvid is one of the three autonomous institutes set up across the State

The other two are located at Idupulapaya in Kadapa and Basar in Adilabad

VIJAYAWADA: The proposal to increase the number of self-financed seats in the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Nuzvid, has been shelved for now. “Not now,” R.V. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT), told The Hindu on Monday, responding to a query if the proposed increase in the number of self-financed seats would come into effect from this academic year.

Speaking on the sidelines of a press conference, Prof. Kumar said the Government was keen on putting in place a ‘very robust education system' in the new academic year. “We have a very strong academic plan that will be implemented for all the batches and any lacunae, if found, will be plugged effectively. We are resolved to offer a very high quality of education to students walking into the portals of our institutions,” he said.

IIIT Nuzvid is one of the three autonomous institutes set up across Andhra Pradesh State and which function under the RGUKT. The other two are located at Idupulapaya in Kadapa and Basar in Adilabad).

Norm proposed

Yet another proposed norm, making it mandatory for admission-seekers to produce a certificate of having studied in a government-run school for at least three preceding years in a row, will have to wait until next academic year. “This is essential to avoid any clash with the legal system. To bring in the new rule, we'll have to change the statute and thus the deferment,” Prof. Kumar explained. The rule is aimed at keeping a check on any possible malpractice by admission-seekers. Prof. Kumar said 141-odd faculty members selected from the five IITs across the country would join by mid-June and teach students with the active support of mentors. “By July, we will have a fully robust system in place.” Referring to the six engineering branches the institute offers, he said in the third semester, importance would be given to management subjects like humanities and economics. “Only after completion of the first year, students will be introduced to all branches of engineering. This will give them an understanding of what is in store for them,” he said.

To tide over financial crisis in the three IIITs, the Government has reduced the intake of students by half -- from 6,000 per year to 3,000 from this academic year. The recruitment of the ex-IITians in the faculty is expected to give these institutes a fresh lease of life and a possible road to academic excellence.