Telangana State Council of Higher Education is planning to convert University College of Engineering in Kothagudem into a full-fledged university. The state government has decided to establish a mining university. The name of the university will be Kothagudem School of Mining.
Before coming to this decision, a 7-member committee headed by BR Ambedkar Open University’s former VC Prof. V. S Prasad was formed. A number of issues were discussed like that of research in mining engineering, and also the courses related to mining industry. They also discussed various concerns related to mining engineering and about the ideal location for the construction of mining university.
A press release said, “The new university must have multiple branches focusing on mines, minerals and other branches of science besides research and knowledge-oriented studies. There also must be ITI research courses, including skill development programmes.”
The committee has also inspected the 397-acre campus of the college. As of now, the college offers various courses like B.Tech, M.Sc, and IT courses.
Many coal mining firms like National Mineral Development Corporation, and Singareni Collieries Co Ltd has also assured participation in the same.
The Chairman of Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Papireddy also visited the campus to study all the possibilities to establish the university. In the month of October, a seminar was also held in this regard. Once finalised, this university will become the second mining university in the country, the first mining university is in Dhanbad, Jharkhand.
The proposal for the establishment of the mining university was in the queue for a very long time. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had earlier promised the MLA of Kothagudem Jalagam Venkata Rao that he will upgrade the college.
MLA Rao said, “With Kothagudem being the only coal mining hub in the South, there is a need to set up a technological university with the focus on mining, minerals and other science and technical disciplines. We aim to produce industry-ready graduates with the first-hand understanding of coal mines and other natural resources in the district.”