HYDERABAD: Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh ESL Narasimhan has appealed to the chief ministers of the two states to adopt the model of IIITs in the higher education system and set up more such educational institutions.
RGUKT gives admissions to SSC toppers from every mandal without conducting an entrance test. Around 85 per cent of its students belong to rural areas.
In his formal address at the first convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) here on Monday, he described the education model of RGUKT, which is also known as International IIT, as the best in the country where rural students will be given admissions based only on their grades in Class X.
After learning of the academic achievements of the students of IIIT campuses at Basara, Nuzvid and RK Valley at Idupulapaya, the governor said, “If this is what we can achieve with teaching to rural students with no entrance test for admissions, it should be the ideal education model for the whole state.” “Lot of money of the state government is going waste to private colleges as fee reimbursement. Instead, governments should spend money on setting up more institutions like IIIT,” he said and requested Andhra Pradesh chief minister N.Chandrababu Naidu, who was present at the event, to consider his suggestions.
Naidu, who was the guest of honour, appreciated the efforts of the faculty and students for the success of the institution. “Now, IIITs are producing the highest number of doctorates in information technology in the country. Training rural students as IT experts is probably the best education model in the country. By 2020 India will be emerge as a country with the largest young population. With a huge human recourse, it can become a superpower if we can synchronise technology and human power. Students need to have a vision and action plan to achieve their goals,” he said.
After a fruitful study for six years, the students were overwhelmed with joy on receiving their degrees in the presence of their parents and faculty. The students of Integrated B.Tech of the 2008-2014 batch are the first ever batch to graduate from RJUKT since its founding in 2008.
University chancellor D Raj Reddy said it was the happiest moment for him to see students successfully finishing their course in spite of infrastructure issues. He thanked the parents who admitted their children to the new institution.
Around 6,000 students of Integrated B.Tech and M.Tech from the three campuses of RGUKT at Basara, Nuzividu and RK Valley, Idupulapaya received their degrees on Monday. Vamshi Seshasayanam. P, a gold medal winner from M.Tech stream, said that he was planning to do research on optimal character recognition for Telugu script. He said that his research would help in the digitisation of old Telugu manuscripts and making them accessible to everybody.