How can the Andhra Pradesh government woo the rich Indians abroad, especially in the US if they are treated shabbily? the chief minister wondered and asked Reddy to go ahead with the proposal to start Sri Venkateswara Junior College in a remote village of the state.
The chief minister had even instructed the Higher Education Department to look for and encourage philanthropists coming forward to extend assistance. In fact, the government itself will conduct a campaign among rich NRIs, the chief minister told Reddy in Hyderabad last
This is the first junior college to be approved since the Congress took over the reins of the State. Malla Reddy, a trustee of the Sri Venkateswara Educational Society, offered to deposit Rs 50 lakh toward paying salaries, besides giving Rs 50 lakh for construction of buildings.
The college administration will be under government control right from the beginning and it will have to take up the burden of salaries from the sixth year. The college has started admitting students in the two-year intermediate courses in science, commerce, accounting, economics, math, and business management.
In an exclusive
interview to The Urban Indian, Reddy said the Trust had decided to rent a 7,000 square-foot building for the time being and the construction of the 20,000 square-foot college would be completed in nine months on a 6-acre land.
We are planning to admit 500 students in the first academic year and train them to join engineering or medical colleges at the end of their course. Poverty should not come in the way of their higher studies. The Trust would provide scholarship for their higher studies including in the United States, Reddy said. The college could become the turning point in the lives of many students.
The total staff strength will be 20 including 12 full-time qualified lecturers and a principal. Reddy will meet all the expenses in the running of the college including staff salaries. He will also provide hundreds of computers and set up computer labs with Internet facility in the college so that even the uninitiated could master the Information Technology.
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