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Andhra University to apply for world ranking

Visakhapatnam: Seven state universities including Andhra University from the residuary state are to apply for world ranking at a time when most universities in the country are setting their sights on national ranking, said principal secretary of higher education Sumita Dawra.

Addressing the AU executive committee meet here on Wednesday, Dawra said the state government was committed to the progress of AU and had allotted a grant fund of Rs 298 crore for the varsity.

AU in-charge vice-chancellor Prof EA Narayana said the university has been allotted Rs 428.16 crore for the 2016-17 academic year out of which Rs 157.5 crore would be spent on salaries, Rs 128 crore on pensions, Rs 25 crore in the form of salaries to contract lecturers, Rs 23.36 crore on infrastructure development and Rs 59.65 crore on academic development. He said that another Rs 18 crore would be spent on wages. Regarding procurement of funds, Prof Narayana said Rs 129.1 crore would be procured from internally developed funds.

Registrar Prof V Uma Maheswara Rao said the university was committed to academic growth and development and the state government had set up a 15-member committee to study the renewal and non-renewal of courses to ensure that students receive better placements.

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