VIT Amaravati has announced the AP campus foundation stone-laying ceremony on Thursday at Inavolu in the CRDA (Capital Region Development Authority) area and the classes will commence from the next academic year – 2017-18. Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will attend this VIT Amaravati cornerstone ceremony. VIT Amaravati aims to be the first educational institute that will start functioning in the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
VIT Amaravati is going to be the third of its parent organization in India, the first being the Vellore Institute of Technology – a deemed university. In the year 2010, the Chennai campus was set up. Both the first and second campuses have 32,000 students in 53 graduate, undergraduate, and Ph.D. programmes altogether.
Speaking at the VIT Amaravati cornerstone ceremony, VIT Chancellor and founder G Viswanathan said, “VIT Amaravati is going to be set up to offer quality education under the AP Private Universities Act. For India, the average Gross Enrolment Ratio is 23 percent while it is slightly higher for Andhra Pradesh at 27 percent. But we are still below the world average which is at 33 percent.”
Gross Enrolment Ratio is actually a measure which is used to show the ratio of the number of students to those qualifying for a particular grade in an institute.
An online entrance test will be held for the first academic year next year from April 5th for about 15 days. Applications can be filled from November 09 onwards. VIT Amaravati will spend about Rupees 300 crores for the first phase of the institution.
VIT Amaravati had sought for 300 acres of land out of which the state government has allotted 200 acres. In 25 years, the total built-up area will be about 1,86,73,612 square feet that will house about 50,000 students.
By the end of 5 years in the first phase, VIT Amaravati aims to achieve a student strength of 18,000. The numbers are expected to increase up to 50,000 in 25 years by the end of the second phase.
As per Viswanathan, VIT Amaravati plans to come up with a scheme called AP-stars. Under the scheme, the university plans to select toppers among boys and girls in every district of the state who have completed the intermediate course in a government junior college in the rural areas and will also offer them free admission, hostel, and boarding facility every year.
VIT Amaravati also plans to adopt 3 villages close to its campus – Sakhamuru, Inavolu and Velagapud and will be taking care of the public needs of the residents.