EduGrid Project comes to AP’s universities

EduGrid Project comes to AP’s universities
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Taking forward the government’s digital literacy programme, the Higher Education department is undertaking the EduGrid project of the IT&C Department in all state universities. This will enable students to access data on their attendance, grading profile, assignments etc., through university website.

Hyderabad: Taking forward the government’s digital literacy programme, the Higher Education department is undertaking the EduGrid project of the IT&C Department in all state universities. This will enable students to access data on their attendance, grading profile, assignments etc., through university website. The project will link up with local industry for employability programs and also with academic institutes for delivering massive online open courses (MOOCs).


In the first phase the following universities are expected to lead the project over the next three months: Andhra University, JNTU, Kakinada, JNTU, Ananthpur, Sri Venkateswara University and Nagarjuna University and RGUKT (Nuzvidu and Idupulapaya)


In another meeting to implement the Innovation and Start-up Policy 2014-20 in universities, Sumita Dawra, Secretary- Higher Education, along with J. Satyanarayana, IT Advisor & Prof. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman-APSCHE, chaired 3rd meeting with all the Vice-Chancellors & the Joint Working Committee.


In earlier meetings, few of the Universities were asked to lead specific implementation areas, such as curriculum upgradation, gap year concept, credits to online courses (MOOCs), Courses on entrepreneurship, collaborations with local industry for research, innovation and employability etc. After state-wide inter-university consultations, implementation plans for the above have been prepared with implementation timelines.


Andhra University presented implementation plans on Smart Campuses, Sri Venkestaswara University presented on curriculum up-gradation, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University presented on industry collaborations, and Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies presented on mandatory apprenticeship programs, among others.


In addition to the above, the Vice Chancellors of the thirteen universities exchanged ideas to facilitate inter-disciplinary research, working closely with local industry for promoting high-level research, which would foster innovation and eventually lead to patents.


Sandhya Chintala, Vice-President-NASSCOM & member of the Joint Working Committee, offered support through the Sector Skill Council to introduce IT industry relevant courses and to train existing faculty in promoting e-learning. The Joint Working Committee and Vice-Chancellors will meet again on 20th May to finalize the implementation plans, and ensure that the policy gets implemented in the coming academic year.

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