ANDHRA PRADESH

Engineering college with a difference

FINAL TOUCHES: The plaque to be unveiled by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy being readied on the SPMVV campus in Tirupati on Friday.

FINAL TOUCHES: The plaque to be unveiled by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy being readied on the SPMVV campus in Tirupati on Friday.  



Staff Reporter

TIRUPATI: The School of Engineering and Technology, coming up on Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) campus, will become the country's first university engineering college run exclusively for women. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is coming down here to lay the foundation stone on Saturday. Till then, the college will run in a makeshift building, which incidentally was the place where the university began its operations two decades ago.

Detailed presentation

That the idea of such an engineering college had caught up with the various central approval agencies was known when they asked the university to make a detailed presentation within a fortnight of the latter forwarding the proposal. Vice-Chancellor Veena Noble Dass herself had given a presentation on the potential of the college and the benefits it would bring to girl students of the backward region.

At a media conference here on Friday, Prof. Dass said that all the 240 seats had already been filled up. While existing teachers would be used for regular papers, guest faculties would be invited to teach specialised subjects. The college building would cost Rs.7 crores, while a state-of-the-art laboratory and hostel blocks would be developed spending Rs. 4 crores. Courses offered under self-funding basis are Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Information Technology and Industrial Biotechnology, with 60 seats each. Meanwhile, UGC Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat will open a `Centre for Ambedkar Studies' on the campus in the afternoon.

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