VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University awaits the visit of President, who is scheduled to take part in several programmes in the varsity on December 7. Ram Nath Kovind will be the third President to visit the historical varsity after Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and Zail Singh. District collector Pravin Kumar along with varsity officials visited the CR Reddy Convocation Hall and discussed arrangements to be made for the President’s visit. During the two-day visit, the President will participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the Submarine Arm of the Navy and inaugurate the TU-142 aircraft museum on the Beach Road.
The President will be in the AU in the evening for a programme at the Convocation Hall. Kovind will lay a foundation stone for the construction of E-Classroom and an incubation centre. “Though the contruction of building will be in the Engineering College, for security reasons the foundation stone will be laid at Convocation Hall. Soon after this, construction works will begin at a budget of `10 crore,” said G Nageswara Rao, the AU vice-chancellor.
The President, Governor ESL Narasimhan and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu will address the meeting. The President will also declare setting up of Centre for Defence Studies at the AU. The AU will be the first university in the country to have such a centre.
“The four-member expert team of the Indian Air Force, during a visit here, was impressed with the science and technology departments and the courses offered by the varsity. Approximately `70 crore will be provided by the Ministry of Defence for the centre. Once we get the funds, the construction works will begin at the Andhra University College of Engineering (A),” the VC said.
During the visit, the President will also interact with the varsity faculties.
Heavy rain forecast likely to impact President’s visit
Visakhapatnam:With the IMD officials issuing a warning of heavy rain to occur at isolated places in the districts of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari and West Godavari of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh, the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind to the city on December 7 may be affected. Now the well marked low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining South Andaman Sea now lies over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood.
Schedule in AU
Ram Nath Kovind third President after Neelam Sanjiva Reddy in 1978 and Gyani Zail Singh in 1985 to visit AU
He will be in the varsity from 3.30 pm to 5 pm
Lay foundation stone for the construction of E-Classroom and Incubation Centre
Declare Centre for Defence Studies to be set up in AU