M. Kamalakar Babu, Managing Director of NEDCAP taking a look at the photovoltaic panels after commissioning a solar plant at Sri Vishnu Engineering College in Bhimavaram on Saturday.— Photo: a.v.g. prasad
A 200 kWP rooftop solar photovoltaic plant became operational on the campus of Sri Vishnu group of educational institutes here on Saturday. M. Kamalakar Babu, Managing Director of the Non-Conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh formally launched the plant. According to K.V. Vishnu Raju, Chairman of Sri Vishnu Educational Society, the plant consists of 800 photovoltaic modules, each designed with a generation capacity of 250Wp. The project, costing Rs. 2.07 crore, received Rs. 70 lakh subsidy from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies . The students from Sri Vishnu Engineering College were actively involved in the installation process.
Mr. Vishnu Raju said at the launching function that the plant would generate 3 lakh units every year while the average monthly power consumption by the group of five colleges and a high school stood at 24,000kWh. He stated that it was decided to increase the generation further with the spread-over of photovoltaic panels on all the four water bodies located on the campus and the parking spaces as part of the endeavour to introduce green technologies into the group of colleges. The installation of panels on the fringes of the water bodies also helps arrest evaporation of water, he added.
He further said that the educational society was also contemplating installation of a biogas plant and sewage treatment plant on the campus shortly. The group of colleges, with over 13,000 students, produces 2 lakh litres of sludge and huge quantities of bio-waste. The STP, proposed to be installed with Rs. 30 lakh, is expected to recycle the sludge and the sludge cakes produced in the process could be supplied to farmers for use as manures in the fields, he added.
He said the solar plant was intended to reduce the dependence by the group of colleges on conventional energy and sensitise the students on the need to harness non-renewable energies.
It may be recalled that the Sri Vishnu Group of Educational Society has launched a community radio named ‘Sri Vishnu FM radio’ sometime back, first of its kind in the educational institutes in the State. It transmits programmes with the content relevant to the students of Sri Vishnu Educational Society and the native people around in the local dialect and diction within the radius of 12 km for 12 hours every day.
The group of colleges, with over 13,000 students, produces 2 lakh litres of sludge and huge quantities of bio-waste
Andhra University has recognised the Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences at Sangivalasa as a research centre. With the recognition accorded to the ANITS, its faculty members were eligible to guide research students and students could be permitted to join the ANITS to pursue their Ph.D. degrees, its Principal V.S.R.K. Prasad informed on Saturday. Secretary of ANITS V. Thapovardhan and Prof. Prasad thanked the AU for recognising the institute as a research centre .
Infrastructural facilities in government Urdu medium schools are set to improve, with the State Urdu Academy deciding to extend financial assistance to them. For the first time, the Urdu Academy has come up with a unique scheme to improve basic facilities in schools.
A sum of Rs. 2 crore is proposed to be spent for improvement of infrastructure during 2013-14. There are 2,753 Urdu medium schools in the State, besides 646 parallel schools with both Urdu and Telugu medium sections. A total of 2.24 lakh students are enrolled here. But, the amenities leave a lot to be desired.
Most schools do not have proper seating arrangement for both teachers and the taught. Lack of clean drinking water is a common complaint, while some schools do not have even blackboards.
The Urdu Academy plans to improve facilities in a phased manner. To start with, it is proposed to extend Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 to each school for purchase of study material.
“Next year, more budget will be earmarked for this scheme,” said Prof. S.A. Shukoor, Director, Urdu Academy. The scheme will be notified shortly, and applications will be invited from schools for financial assistance. Headmasters will be asked to intimate the infrastructure position as well as student strength in their respective schools.
“Money will be routed through the District Educational Officers, and it will be released after due inspection so as not to give scope for irregularities,” Prof. Shukoor added.
The Urdu Academy has a budget of Rs. 25.11 crore, which is up from Rs. 7.40 crore last year. Of this, Rs. 10 crore has been allocated for the construction of Urdu Ghar cum Shadikhanas and Rs. 8.11 crore for the promotion of Urdu, the core mandate of the Academy. It has now decided to allocate Rs. 2 crore from this head for improvement of infrastructural facilities in schools. The Urdu Academy is awaiting the release of the third quarter grant to launch the new scheme.
The Urdu Academy has come up with a unique scheme to improve basic facilities in schools
‘There will be ample scope for taking up developmental activities’
Union Ministry of Human Resources Development is actively considering the proposal to upgrade the Andhra University to a Central University, Vice Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said.
The Andhra University has gained international reputation for its quality research work and its students are in position of eminence in research establishments across the world, but the university today is struggling under a resource crunch as the State government is unable to allocate funds to it.
The State government funds barely meet the expenditures like salaries and maintenance and there are no resources for development of the university or funding research work, he said addressing students at a one-day ‘Workshop on Microelectronics at Department of Systems Design’.
Once the university comes under Central government there would be ample scope and funds for taking up developmental activities, he said.
In all likelihood the university would get the Central University status by the end of this academic year, the Vice Chancellor said.
Further, there was also a proposal to upgrade the AU College of Engineering (Autonomous) into an Indian Institute of Technology. The government was considering upgrading of a few engineering colleges across the country and the AUCE(A) was among them, he said.
Both the moves show the respect the university has gained in the country and abroad for its quality of teaching and the capabilities of its students, Prof Raju said.
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GVP secretary Soma Raju, principal A.B. Koteswara Rao, and Dean, Training & Placements, P. Venkata, congratulated the students.
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