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Every household to get internet in State: CM
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached by Andhra University and the State Higher Education wing with the University of California,
Visakhapatnam: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached by Andhra University and the State Higher Education wing with the University of California, Berkeley has paved the way to open a new economic era in the State, observed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Naidu who was here on Sunday to participate in the CII Partnership Summit was addressing a large gathering. After laying a stone for the Centre for Open Innovation at the AU Engineering College premises, he said that the historical agreement would help tap the hidden skills of the youth. It would also be useful to utilise the technical knowhow in a proper way. “I feel that the MoU will further play a key role in achieving a two-digit progress in the State apart from providing employment opportunities to all. If a country is to be developed economically, constructive reforms are to be implemented in the industrial sector,” he said.
The Chief Minister informed that many technical expert teams were coming to India from abroad to survey the economic and social conditions of the country. This agreement between the two famous universities would yield good results. “As all government programmes are now being carried out through Internet, it was proposed to provide internet connections to each household in the State with a cost of Rs 500 crore. There is no dearth for human resources in the State. If the youth are properly guided with Dasa-Disa, they reach to level of even dictating the world,” he explained amid a loud applause.
HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao thanked the Chief Minister for his commitment and encouragement to transform Vizag as a hub for education, skill development, cultural and sports, medical and health and industry.
Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Prof G S N Raju said that the Innovation Centre would be completed in a year. University of California, Berkeley Prof Darwin, Government Chief Secretary I V R Krishna Rao and Principal Secretary of State Higher Education Sumitha Davra also spoke. Collector N Yuvaraj, MP K Hari Babu, AU Rector Prof E A Narayana, Registrar Prof V Umamaheswara Rao, MLAs P Vishnukumar Raju, Palla Srinivasa Rao, Panchakarla Ramesh Babu, MLCs P Chalapathi Rao and G Srinivasulu Naidu, Government I T Advisor J A Choudary and others participated. Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the stone for the Centre for Open Innovation.