Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the Education Minister of India, addressed the topic of Central Educational institutions in Tirupati. The minister provided detailed information about the educational institutions present run by the central government in Tirupati as well as in the city’s vicinity. Furthermore, he also stated the courses offered, the number of students graduating, budget sanctioned as well as the plan for releasing the remaining funds.
There exist four centrally-administered educational institutes in the city of Tirupati as well as its vicinity i.e., Chittoor and Nellore districts. These institutions are the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Tirupati, Indian institute of Information Technology (IIIT) located in Sri City Chittoor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Tirupati and lastly, National Sanskrit University, Tirupati.
IIT-Tirupati offers a number of different courses pertaining to the fields of engineering and technology. These include undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) courses and PhD programmes. The annual student intake for the academic year 2020-21 is 394 while the teaching staff strength is 91. The non-teaching faculty comprises of 77 members.
Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) also provides different courses to students in the fields of science, engineering and technology. These comprise undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) courses and PhD programmes. The student intake for the ongoing year 2020-21 is 368 while the teaching staff strength is 32. The non-teaching faculty also contains 32 members.
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) located in Tirupati, provides a multitude of courses in the field of science. These include B.Sc, BS-MS and a range of PhD programmes. The annual student intake for the academic year 2020-21 is 335 while there are 49 teaching staff members present in the reputed institution. The non-teaching faculty comprises of 34 members.
National Sanskrit University, Tirupati offers different courses related to the fields of Sanskrit, computer and philosophy. These include undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses. The annual student intake for the current academic year is 999, the teaching staff strength is 111 and the non-teaching faculty consists of 93 members.
The education minister also provided information about the number of students that have graduated from IIT and IISER so far. In total, 259 students have graduated from IIT whereas 35 students have passed-out from IISER located in Tirupati. The central government had sanctioned Rs.1074.4 Crores for IIT-Tirupati out of which Rs.737.03 Crores has been released. Similarly, an amount of Rs.1137.16 Crores was sanctioned for IISER, Tirupati out of which Rs.214.06 has been released so far.
The central government has also formulated a plan to release the remaining funds to the respective universities. The minister informed that such funds are normally released in the form of grants according to the fund requirement projected by the institution regularly. Moreover, the grants are released in accordance with the budgetary provisions specified by the finance ministry.