With moving ahead in the education sector, Andhra Pradesh cabinet gave the nod to five universities to set up their campuses in the state. Information and Public Relations Minister, Palle Raghunatha Reddy, declared that the five universities namely Amity, VIT, SRM, Centurion, and Fisheries and Ocean university would set up campuses in the state premise. The state cabinet would issue a letter of intent (LoI) to these universities. Amity, VIT, and SRM would open their campus in the capital city of Amravati. While Centurion has its own land in Vizianagaram district and Fisheries and Ocean university would likely to come up in Bhimavaram.
In addition to these universities, six other universities – water, energy, logistics, hospitality, sports, and fisheries, are also likely to be set up. These universities would be started by departments under the Private Public Partnerships (PPP) mode.
Another step came into the admission in two new IIITs; IIIT Ongole and IIIT Srikakulam. Admission process will commence from this year. However, the function of this two university would be temporarily done from RK Valley and IIIT Nuzvid respectively. The intake would be of 1000 in both the colleges.
Also to boost job opportunities in the state, the government decided to set up Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in each of the 175 assembly segments in the state. Palle lauded this initiative and said, “Each MSME park will come up in 100 acres and each will create around 1000 jobs. The government will develop necessary infrastructures like roads, water, and power supply for the parks.”
In another try, the AP government would set up an engineering cluster at Veerapaneni Gudem in Krishna District where defence components units are expected to set up. The total investment is about Rs 200 crore and with these units 2000 jobs are to be expected.