Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated SRM University, the first private university in Amaravati, on Saturday morning. The university will focus on inter disciplinary and integrated learning for the holistic development of students.
The university currently has been built up on a 200-acre campus in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. Various political leaders, chancellor and vice chancellor of the university were present with other dignitaries.
Speaking at the occasion, Chandrababu Naidu said that it was a proud moment for Andhra Pradesh government as with in a period of five months, the university was ready to start the course for students.
“I am committed to promoting the establishment of higher education institution and other establishments to transform Amaravati into one of the best cities in the world,” added Naidu.
The university has forged collaborations with the world’s best universities, including MIT and UC Berkeley College of Engineering, US, and is launching a new programme with design, innovation, and entrepreneurship focus. Similarly, the university is working with MIT, US (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the design and development of their curriculum through the use of MIT courses.
Dr P Sathyanarayanan, President of SRM University, said that at SRM, the emphasis is laid on learning via projects and lab courses. At SRM over 90% of the faculty have international academic exposure and all faculty members have PhDs from foreign universities, IITs or IISc. Around 30 faculty members have been appointed across different disciplines and over 20% of the faculty recruited are foreign nationals.
To promote international exposure, 20 undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to go to UC Berkeley for a semester to study engineering at Berkeley.
“We aim to bring a confluence of international ideas, technological innovation, and social impact, creating an ecosystem of meaningful creation originating at Amaravati and impacting the entire state, nation, and the world,” said Dr Sandip Tiwari, of Cornell University, US, and newly appointed Vice Chancellor of SRM University.
The university will also establish centres of excellence in renewable energy, satellite technology, Internet of Things (IoTs), Blue Economy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning, Rolls Royce - SRM Corporate laboratory, Jal - Janak Rail energy, and CRISPR for pushing the frontiers of modern technology. “Semester abroad programmes and company internships across the world would also be present to create innovators and global leaders,” said Dr Narayan Rao, Pro-Vice Chancellor of SRM.