Andhra Pradesh to Partner with MIT to Better its Education

According to the latest news from the Indian education sector Andhra Pradesh and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have entered into an agreement according to which the latter will be helping the former in imparting quality education to students across the state. With the move the main aim of the local Government is to tap the resources that are available in the United States. It is important to underline here that Andhra Pradesh has become an educational hub in India and there are more than 700 Engineering Colleges are present in this wonderful city of India. However, one of the major problems with these institutes is that the quality of education was compromised due to lack of infrastructure and resources.

Andhra Pradesh is set to sign an MOU with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to tap its vast resources to help give the state’s educational system a face lift, the state’s information technology and communications minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said here today.

The minister said the finer details are being worked out and the memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be signed within a few months.

The MOU will help tap the edX platform and open courseware of the prestigious institute located in Boston, to develop alternative learning mechanisms in the wake of serious dearth of qualified teaching professionals, Lakshmaiah said.

The proposed partnership will help Andhra’s small and rural colleges to have access to the expensive labs using the iLabs technology of the MIT. The tie-up will also help in the development of utilisation of Open Software Interface Definitions.

“The MIT faculty was pleasantly surprised to learn that Andhra Pradesh has about 700 engineering colleges and assured their cooperation in skill development,” the minister said.

Lakshmaiah said the global potential of electronic hardware industry is estimated at USD 2.4 Trillion by 2020 and the demand for the Indian market that stood at USD 45 Billion is expected to touch USD 400 Billion by 2020.

To explore this market, India’s first electronic manufacturing cluster is to be set up in Hyderabad, the minister said.

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