Sri. N. Chandrababu Naidu Inaugurated the Campus and Announced New Courses with MIT and UC Berkeley
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated SRM University, AP – Amravati. “I am sure within a span of five years, SRM University with 10,000 students would be a top ranked world class university, with multi stream research in the fields of engineering to management, liberal arts & humanities to law, medicine to health sciences to make Amaravati recognized by foreign countries as the best educational hub of the globe”, said Mr. Naidu.
In pursuit of developing this culture of excellence, SRM University AP - Amaravati has forged collaborations with the world's best universities, MIT and UC Berkeley College of Engineering, U.S., launching new program with design, innovation, and entrepreneurship focus for the first time in India
SRM is working with MIT, U.S. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the design and development of their curriculum through the use of MITx courses. These courses will incorporate the concepts of hybrid learning by utilizing both traditional and technologically enabled teaching methods.
"SRM is embracing a contemporary method of learning for the digital world, not before seen in India. We are working with international universities to develop a progressive curriculum. We will emphasize application oriented learning via projects and lab courses rather than monologues that are the typical feature of our classrooms", says Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, President of SRM University, AP - Amaravati. The faculty recruitment has followed a similar strategy with over 90% of the faculty having international academic exposure and all faculty members having PhDs from foreign universities, IITs or IISc. Around 30 faculty members have been appointed across different disciplines and over 20% of the faculty recruited are foreign nationals.
SRM has also partnered with UC Berkley College of Engineering, California, U.S., to enable bi-directional information exchange in the areas of engineering education. SRM will also be a global partner of the Jacob's Institute for Design engineering and the Sutardja Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). This partnership would establish centers of design, innovation and entrepreneurship at SRM, which would embrace the study and practice of "technology-centric" innovation bringing together technical depth, design methodology, and a focus on societal impact. SRM students and faculty will be provided the opportunity to travel to UC Berkeley to imbibe these ideas.Every year, 20 undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to go to UC Berkeley for a semester to study engineering at Berkeley with a defined set of concurrent enrollment and bootcamp courses.
"We aim to bring a confluence of international ideas, technological innovation, and social impact, creating an ecosystem of meaningful creation originating at Amaravati and impacting the entire state, nation, and the world.", says Dr. Sandip Tiwari, Cornell University, U.S., and newly appointed Vice Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.
The university will also establish centres of Excellence in Renewable energy, Satellite technology, Internet of Things (IoTs), Blue Economy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning, Rolls Royce – SRM Corporate laboratory, Jal – Janak Rail energy, and CRISPR for pushing the frontiers of modern technology. “Semester abroad programs and company internships across the world would also be present to create innovators and global leaders.” says Dr. Narayan Rao, Pro – Vice Chancellor of SRM AP.
B.Tech programs in CSE, ECE, EEE, and Mechanical Engineering are being offered from the academic year 2017-18. To attract meritorious students, 50% tuition waiver is being awarded to students getting an aggregate of 90% and above in PCM subjects in CBSE or an aggregate of 95% and above in PCM subjects in any state board. For the top 25 admitted students who meet this criterion would be given 100% tuition and hostel fee waiver.
Amaravati is rapidly evolving as an industrial hub. Several industries, R & D organizations are being established in Amaravati. Thus, all the students of SRM University – AP, Amaravati will have ample opportunities as interns in these industries and get industrial exposure. The skills developed and the work exposure will help them get placed in globally known organizations.