119 crores allocated to establish new polytechnic colleges in Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada: Principal Secretary, Department of Skill Development and Training, S. Suresh Kumar, today said the Andhra Pradesh government had given its nod for a grant of ₹119.57 crore for the establishment of three polytechnic colleges at Betamcharla in Nandyal district, Guntakal in Anantapur district, and Maidukur in Kadapa district.

Mr. Suresh Kumar said that of the total amount, ₹24.02 crores would be the annual recurring expenditure for payment of salaries and other aspects, while ₹ 95.55 crores would be spent on the construction of permanent buildings and hostels for the colleges and installation of the machinery required.

He added that the government wanted to integrate the polytechnic colleges and ITIs functioning in the same location. A total of 128 teaching and 68 non-teaching posts had been sanctioned for the three institutions, he said.

Besides, he said the government had also given the green signal for the establishment of 26 skill development colleges and 175 polytechnic colleges, one in each district, in a phased manner. Indicating that there was a dire need for a skilled workforce in the State, Mr. Suresh Kumar said employment generation and the introduction of market-oriented courses would play a significant role in the future.

He also shared that new institutions offering new technical courses were being established in the backward areas to enhance technical skills among the rural youth.

Explaining the number of seats in the new polytechnic colleges, Director of Technical Education Chadalavada Nagarani said, at the Bethamcharla Government Polytechnic College, 60 seats each had been allocated to the Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics Communication and Artificial Engineering and Machine Learning departments.