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Vijayawada: The Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) is all set to be established as the first university in the capital city Amaravati. The foundation stone for the institute is likely to be laid at Inavolu on November 3.It will be the first such institute to come up at the capital city. 

Earlier, the state government has allotted 150 acres in the capital for the university. Apart from VIT, the state government has also sanctioned a large chunk of land to other private universities like Amity, SRM in Amaravati. Almost over 550 acres of land has been given for the establishment of these universities. 

However, the student organisations and many other educationists were opposing the decision of the government. They demand the government to concentrate and pay interest towards the government-owned universities and institutes rather than encouraging the corporate education. 

“The state government is more focused to do business in the name of education. The state is totally incapable of getting funds and universities from the center even though it is stated in the reorganization act. Over 17 government institutions including 7 universities lack in completion of compound walls, even after a period of two years. 

The private universities in Amaravati are meant for a corporate business and for the dilution and degradation of government institutions,” says Noor Mohammad, SFI state president. The universities which are under the state government like IIT Tirupati, IIM Visakhapatnam, NIT Tadepalligudem, IIT Kurnool and AIIMS Mangalagiri are no where completed their basic constructions. 

Some of the universities were also going with academics although they lack in basic amenities. Keeping these aside, the government is strongly focused to bring top most private universities and business schools to the state and mostly to the capital city Amaravati. Usually, the government doesn’t hold any power over the private universities and deemed universities of the state. 

Those institutions have their own standards and curriculum for the students including their own fee structures. The reservations and scholarships were also completely absent in such universities and where the students have to opt for third parties for educational loans. In each university over 350 companies come to recruit the students in every year. 

“The land for the capital has been pooled from the farmers for the construction of capital and its development. The 29 villages of Amaravati have got only a single government junior college and not even posses a degree college. 

The government should focus in establishing some of its own colleges prior to the allotment of private universities and international schools. the universities like VIT,SRM and others so called were here to make business with education and the state government should rethink their decision,” said former MLC KS Lakshmana Rao.