ABOUT MY UNIVERSITY.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has established Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) in 2008 to cater to the educational needs of the meritorious rural youth of Andhra Pradesh.
Three IIITs (International Institute of Information Technologies) are established under RGUKT: one in Basara (Adilabad), one in Nuzivedu (Krishna) and one in Rajiv Knowledge Valley (Kadapa). These autonomous Institutes will specialize in teaching and research in Information Technology and other emerging disciplines under the control of a common university Governing Council and following a common syllabus.
The 3 new RGU IIITs are fully residential institutes. The intake of each RGU IIIT is 2,000 per year. Over 6000 students have been already admitted into the three RGU IIITs in the 2008 academic year into a integrated 6-year program. A total of 6,000 students will be admitted in 2009 academic year.
Objectives of the University
- To impart to each student broad skills of Learn to Learn, Learn to Think and Learn to Live
- To reinforce core values of integrity, respect for all, and care for environment
- To disseminate and advance knowledge in the emerging fields such as Information Technology, Biotechnology, etc
- To make special provisions for integrated courses in humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary areas to impart broad-based education including soft skills
- To function as a resource center for knowledge management and entrepreneurship development in the Emerging Technologies
- To establish close linkage with industry to make teaching, and research at the institutes relevant to the needs of the economy, at national and global level
Degree Programs at IIITs Upon completion of 6 years of education, each consisting of 3 semesters graduates will be awarded dual degrees, a B.Tech in IT and a B.Tech or MSc in one of the other domain specializations in Engineering, Sciences and Social Sciences. The Engineering subjects include specialized topics such as Construction Engineering. The professional subjects include specialized topics in Law, Medical Sciences, Agriculture, and Business. Other specializations will include special topics in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Social Sciences.
Employment Prospects It is expected that the employment prospects for graduates of RGU IIITs will be comparable to the other world class universities in India. It is also anticipated that the broad-based education including softskills will provide a strong foundation for national competitive examinations. Appropriate placement guidance and awareness programs will be conducted to prepare the students for private and public sector opportunities. Students also learn entrepreneurship and other skills that can help them to set out on their own.
Tuition Fees As a government sponsored university, the tuition fees at Rajiv Gandhi University are highly subsidized by the AP government. The annual fee for the first two years (Pre University program) is Rs. 36,000. This includes tuition, lodging and boarding. Tuition for International Students is set as Rs. 3,00,000 per annum. Current AP government policy provides for the full reimbursement of all fees paid by SC, ST and BC candidates whose parental annual income is less than One lakh rupees.
Integrated 6 Year Educational Program The program consists of a six year integrated curriculum after 10th grade examination leading to a dual degree in IT and a domain specialization. At Present 11th and 12th grade education has narrowed into specialized tracks such as Mathematics, Physics, Life sciences and Chemistry. All other subjects such as History, Culture, Arts, and Literature have disappeared from the curriculum.
Features of the Pre-University Education The Pre-University Course is of 2 years duration. The program provides for remedial education for the students who are relatively weak. There is a foundation course in IT, preparing students to make full use of the Information Technology and Communication resources provided by us in this education. There is a permitted exit after Pre-University if the student chooses to go for a career in other professional programs. The program also provides short-term courses in humanities and social sciences so that the students emerge as confident, energetic, enthusiastic youngsters seeking challenges in their university education and life.
Teaching MethodologyFocus on Liberal and Professional Education Including Soft Skills The program at RGU IIITs is built on a new model of liberal professional education creating future leaders with a broad understanding of the world. A structured environment of broad based education including basic skills of communication, teamwork and leadership is provided. It aims at students well equipped with life skills and confident problem solvers rather than overspecialized engineers who just know the theory. It prepares the student to meet the demands of the work place and society as he or she navigates through life. It stresses life long learning through learning to learn, and learning to live. The program uses the learning-by-doing paradigm of education using personalized mentors and intelligent tutoring systems. The program adapts self-paced learning with variable duration to reach the mastery level outcome. There will be a focus on all-round development with emphasis on personality development and education in Humanities and Social Sciences to make students responsible world citizens. The program is intensive with emphasis on physical training, sports, and soft skills. About 30% of time is devoted to soft skills.
Life in a Residential Campus As a fully residential program, all students will stay on the campus. The program is intensive and runs for 3 semesters of 16 weeks of 6 days a week each. Only 4 weeks of vacation is permitted: 1 week in Dasara, 1 week during Sankranthi and two weeks in summer. While the program appears intensive, it is also designed to help absorption by making students apply concepts right-then-and-there in class. To keep up with this program and life in general, time is set apart for physical fitness activities. During the first two years all students would attend physical training and exercise each morning and participate in sports in the evening. The daily academic program will consist of 4 periods of just less than 2 hours duration each from 8AM to 4PM with a lunch break. During the evening after dinner, there will be programs in soft skills, reading classics, and viewing selected movie programs from 7.30PM to 10.30PM. This will be a more relaxing and a quiet learning time. Students get to explore their talents in art, drama and music as well. Subsequent years will offer greater flexibility in individual daily schedule. All education is mediated through the use of information and communication technologies. Each student will be given a laptop right from his or her first year. Each class of about 50 students will have mentors who will conduct a discourse and discussion around a prerecorded lecture. The best part of this learning paradigm is that students will have time in these class sessions to receive the lecture, ask questions, discuss with the help of mentors and apply the concepts to problem solving. A good student would have no homework! Separate and secure hostel facilities will be provided for girls and boys. Food and dining facilities will be according to modern standards.