NEW DELHI: The Central government has finally given its nod to introduce a bill in the Loksabha, for the setting up of a Petroleum University in Andhra Pradesh. The bill has been introduced in the lower house on Tuesday and a discussion over the same is likely to take place on Wednesday.
The establishment of a Petroleum University was one of the promises which the Central government has made to Andhra Pradesh, as per the AP Reorganisation Act.
The University will be set up in Antakapalli village of Sabbavaram Mandal, which is a part of Visakhapatnam. As per the Central government’s proposal the university campus will be constructed in an area of 200 acres, with an estimated budget of Rs 655.46 crore.
The institution, which is planned to be completed by the end of 2018, will focus on research and development in the fields of renewables, liquified natural gas, and biofuels. As of now, the academic classes for the students of the Petroleum university are being held in the Andhra University.
According to the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, various central universities are likely to be set up in Andhra Pradesh which includes IITs , AIIMS and a Tribal University in Visakhapatnam. The state government has already divided the state into three zones viz., Krishna and Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Tirupati to make it easier for selecting locations to the universities.