The past few years have witnessed the evolution of AP’s educational sector, what with the arrival of elite institutions like IIM, IIT, NIT, IIIT, IISER and Indian Institute of Petroleum and Technology. Soon, this list will also boast of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which will soon come up in Mangalagiri.
Other than these, plans are on for various private universities like Amity, Centurion, SRM and VIT too to set up base in the state. It is believed that these institutes will commence their academic sessions from this year.
As per the official sources, close to 30 colleges have submitted detailed portfolios of investment and land needs to the AP government. Most of these are specialized institutions that focus on hospitality, energy, fisheries, spirituality and logistics. As of now the government has approved the proposal of 10 institutes.
According to expert predictions, the educational sector in Andhra Pradesh is in for a major transformation with the establishment of Amrita University, Centurion, Amity, XLRI, SRM and VIT. Amaravati will be home to the campuses of SRM University and VIT-AP University while plans are on for the Centurion University to come up in Vizianagaram. On the other hand, Sri City in Chittoor District will be the operational center of Great Lake International University and Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR).
According to the ex-Vice Chancellor of Andhra University and the current Vice-Chancellor of Centurion University, GSN Raju, the programs of the university will commence this year from a temporary campus that is situated in Anandapuram in Vishakhapatnam. He added that in the next couple of years, a permanent campus spanning across 200 acres will be built in the district of Vizianagaram. He stated that the major focus in the university will be on skill based knowledge, which is why they are planning to design special laboratories for robotics, data analysis, internet of things and virtual and augmented reality.
Between the periods of 2006 to 2009, the State Government launched a number of educational institutions with an aim to have at least one higher educational institution in every district. However, the development of these was hindered due to the lack of funds, difficulty of finding skilled faculty and inadequacy of infrastructure.