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GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh


GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Address:Gandhi Nagar campus, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam (District Visakhapatnam)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 530045

GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Deemed University. GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is also known as formerly: Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management. GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1980.

GITAM University is situated in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Visakhapatnam comes under Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair) Tehsil, Visakhapatnam District.

Fax # of GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is 0891-2790399, 2790037, 2790036, 2790222, 2790339.

Contact Person(s) of the GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is (are): B.R.Rao (Public Relations Officer).

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh are +91-9866449926, 96181-72201.

email ID(s) is GITAM University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh

Website of GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh is http://gitam.edu/, www.giib.edu.in.

Vice Chancellor : Prof. M. Gangadhara Rao, Office : 0891 - 2840202, Fax : 0891 - 2795312.

Registrar : Prof P M Valli, Telephone : +91-891 -2840501, Fax : +91-891 -2795312.

Contact Details of GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: 0891-2790101, 2790202, 2790404, 2790505, 2790303, 2840556, 2840501, 2840511
Prof. PRS Sarma

GITAM campuses:
Visakhapatnam Campus
Hyderabad Campus
Bengaluru Campus

Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam-530 045, AP, India
Phone: +91-891-2790101, 2790202, 2790404, 2790505
Fax: +91-891-2790399, 2790037, 2790036
Website: www.gitam.edu

Central Administrative Office
Visakhapatnam – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2840501, 2795311 F: 2795311
registrar@gitam.edu / admin@gitam.edu

Rudraram – 502 329
Near Patancheru, Hyderabad, India.
+91-8455-221289, 221275

NH 207, Nagadenehalli – 561 203
Bengaluru Rural District, Karnataka, India.
Phone: +91-080-28098000/2

GITAM Institute of Technology
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2840525/510
Email: principal_engineering@gitam.edu

GITAM Institute of Science
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2840450/451/452, F: 2790032
E-mail: principal_science@gitam.edu

GITAM Institute of Management
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2790404, 2840302 F: 2790037
Email: principal_gim@gitam.edu

GITAM School of International Business
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2790505/ 2840403,
Fax: 2790036, Website: www.gsib.org

GITAM Institute of Pharmacy
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2795315, 2840550 / 551
Email: principal_pharmacy@gitam.edu

GITAM School of Architecture
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda, VSP – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2840556, Fax: 2502249
Email: director_architecture@gitam.edu

GITAM School of Law
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam – 530 045
Ph: +91-891-2840511, Fax: 2736511
Email: director_sol@gitam.edu

Centre for Distance Learning
III Floor, Balaji Metro Plaza, Dondaparthi Main Road, Visakhapatnam – 530 016.
Ph: +91-891-2866 455 / 466, 2797499, 2796499, 7799668883, cdl@gitam.edu

GITAM Dental College & Hospital
Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda
Visakhapatnam – 530 045

GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Gandhi Nagar, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam – 530045
+91-891-2538 444, 2866 450
Email: directorgimsr@gitam.edu

GITAM School of Technology
Rudraram – 502 329
Near Patancheru, Hyderabad.
Ph: +91-8455-221289/275
Email: directorhyd@gitam.edu

Hyderabad Business School, Rudraram – 502329
Near Patancheru, Hyderabad.
Ph: +91-8455-220058, Fax: 220059,Email: directorhbs@gitam.in
Website: www.ghbs.in

GITAM School of Technology
NH 207, Nagadenehalli – 561 203
Doddaballapur Taluk
Bengaluru Rural District, Karnataka.
Ph: +91-080-28098000
Email: director_blrcampus@gitam.edu

Bengaluru School of Management Studies
NH 207, Nagadenehalli – 561 203
Doddaballapur Taluk
Bengaluru Rural District, Karnataka.
Phone: +91-080-28098003, 89711 99903
Email: director_bsms@gitam.edu

Other colleges of GITAM Group of Educational Institutions, Visakhapatnam
GITAM College of Management Studies, Vishakhapatnam (Vizag Waltair)
GITAM College Of Pharmacy, Visakhapatnam
GITAM Dental College and Hospital, Visakhapatnam
GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam
GITAM School of Law, Visakhapatnam
GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (GIMSR), Visakhapatnam


GITAM Institute of Technology (GIT)
B.Tech (CSE, IT, ECE, EEE, EIE, Civil, Mechanical, IE, Biotechnology and Aeronautical Engineering)
5 year Integrated - B.Tech + M.Tech (ECE & Mechanical Engineering)
M.Tech (CST, SE, IT, RF & Microwave, VLSI Design, DS&SP, EI, ES, SE&NDM, PSA, Machine Design, CAD-CAM, IE&M, Biotech and Food Processing Technology)

GITAM Institute of Science (GIS)
BEM (Bachelor of Environment Management), M.Sc. (5 year Integrated) Biotechnology
M.Sc. (Analytical Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Electronics Science, Environmental Sciences, Food Science & Technology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physics)

2 year full time MBA with dual specialization
3 year - BBA+CIMA (Hons) & B.Com+ACCA (Hons)
MBA-CMU, MHRM, M.Sc. Management-University of Glasgow, UK

Law: 5 year Integrated BA/BBA, LLB (Hons), 3 year LLB

Pharmacy: BPharma & MPharma (Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Assurance, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology)

GITAM School of International Business (GSIB)
* International Business
* International Banking and Finance
* Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Centre for Distance Learning (CDL)l
BA, BCom, MBA, MCA, MSc (Bitech), MA (Eng. & Economics), MCom
Two PG Diplomas and Two Diplomas

M.Phil / Ph.D (Full / Part Time):
Engineering (Ph.D. only): Civil, Mechanical, IE, EEE, Biotech, ECE, CST and IT
Science: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Food Science & Tech, Environmental Science and Electronics
Pharmacy: Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Assurance, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Natural Products and Biotechnology
Management: Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, HRM, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Applied Psychology and Applied Philosophy
International Business: Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management, International Finance, International Marketing, International Trade & Finance, Global Operations Management, International Accounting and Management in the Global Context

Profile of GITAM University

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, popularly known as GITAM was founded in 1980 by an inspired group of eminent intellectuals and industrialists of Andhra Pradesh led by Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi, Former Member of Parliament and popular philanthropist. Their mission was to set up a world-class technology and management institution in the picturesque city of Visakhapatnam to impart futuristic and comprehensive professional education of global standards with a high sense of discipline and social relevance in a serene and invigorating environment. The avowed objective of GITAM is to train qualified professionals to shoulder the responsibility of contributing to the development of India as a 'Knowledge Society'.

GITAM is registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act XXXI of 1860. Its registered office is situated at Visakhapatnam in the State of Andhra Pradesh. It is governed by a Governing Body consisting of eminent educationists, industrialists, professionals, experts, etc. The successful saga of GITAM started with the establishment of a College of Engineering in 1980 offering a few undergraduate engineering programmes. Responding to the expanding needs in the fields of technology, management and pharmacy, a number of colleges and courses have been added to GITAM viz., College of Management Studies (1988), College of Pharmacy (2006) and GITAM Institute of Science (2007). All these institutions were established by creating necessary infrastructural facilities in the same campus spread over 100 acres of land. Separate buildings were provided for each institution following the AICTE as well as UGC norms. Over the years, GITAM has earned a high reputation as a premier institute of higher learning and its name has almost become a well-recognized 'brand name' for quality education in UG, PG and research programmes in Engineering, Management, Science and Pharmacy disciplines not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in other States and abroad.

GITAM University, with its main campus at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, is a Deemed University recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 in August 2007. After becoming a Deemed University, GITAM has launched many new and innovative UG and PG programmes as well as M.Phil and Ph.D programmes. Today GITAM University comprises four constituent institutions viz., (1). Institute of Technology (2) Institute of Management (3) Institute of Science, and (4) Institute of Pharmacy. Recently, the University has started an Off-campus at Hyderabad with the approval of UGC which offers four year B.Tech, two year MBA and three year MCA programmes with effect from the academic year 2009-10.

GITAM University is a multi-disciplinary university offering varied courses in emerging areas that bear a direct relationship to economic growth and development of the society. Most of the programmes constitute a balanced blend of the conventional courses and career oriented options, although in recent years the tilt is towards introduction of more career oriented options. The curriculum design takes into account the thrust on national development. Interactions within the University and with industries have been organized in the past and as a result, new programmes have been launched by the University. Courses promoting skills development and value orientation are also offered by the University and avenues for experimental learning are being attended. Computer skills have been incorporated as an integral part of the curriculum in many of the programmes offered by the University. Issues related to women and other socially disadvantaged groups find a place in post graduate programmes in management and other disciplines.

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) (a deemed to be University U/S.3 of the UGC Act, 1956) popularly known as GITAM University is an educational institution in Andhra Pradesh, India. Established in 1980, it was conferred the status of deemed university in 2007. The university operates in three picturesque campuses at Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

GITAM was founded in 1980 by a group of intellectuals and industrialists of Andhra Pradesh led by Dr. MVVS Murthi, visionary, industrialist, educationist, philanthropist and former parliamentarian with the establishment of an Engineering College in Visakhapatnam, one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. In response to the requirements of the student community many other institutions have been added overtime.

* College of Engineering - 1980
* College of Management Studies - 1988
* Dental College & Hospital - 2001
* College of Science - 2006
* College of Pharmacy - 2006
* Off-campus, Hyderabad - 2009
* Centre for Distance Learning - 2009
* School of International Business - 2011
* School of Architecture - 2011
* Off-Campus, Bengaluru - 2012
* School of Law - 2012
* Institute of Medical Sciences
& Research - 2014

GITAM University offers 123 programs at UG, PG and Doctoral levels in Technology, Science, Management, Pharmacy, International Business, Architecture and Law. The University provides high quality education experience to students in a diverse learning environment. Many facilities and amenities are created to meet world class standards and students from several states are cherishing their dreams.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India ranked GITAM as ‘A’ Category University among the universities of its kind. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has accredited the University with ‘A’ grade by the CGPA of 3.20 on 4.0 scale. GITAM is one of the few universities that has been accorded 12-B status by the University Grants Commission (UGC) facilitating research. Ministry of Science & Technology recognized GU as ‘Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’ (SIRO) besides many more such rewards and awards.

The University has highly qualified and committed team of over 1020 fulltime faculty members. A major proportion of the faculty members have research and industrial background. They have undertaken major research projects in various thrust areas with financial assistance from DBT, DST, DRDO, CSIR, MoES etc.
GITAM today has nearly 16,000 regular full-time students and about 800 research scholars hailing from almost all the States of the country, pursuing different academic programmes.

In order to steer the University to achieve planned growth on a long-term basis, a Vision-2020 document has been formulated with an aim to become a world class university.

The Expertise of the University is being utilized by premier research institutions of the country, such as- Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) etc.

Academic tie-ups
GITAM University has entered into tie-ups and collaborations with prestigious institutions. These include West Virginia University (USA), University of Glasgow, SUNY (B), Central Michigan University, University of Nebraska, Burgundy School of Business, Southern Polytechnic State University etc. The University also has tie-ups with several multinational corporations- IBM, Ericsson, Oracle, Intelli Group, TCS, HCL, WIPRO, Vizag Steel Plant, National Stock Exchange (NSE), Eisai Pharma, Dr. Reddy’s Lab to impart training in all professional programmes.

Super Computer
The Center for Advanced Technology Solutions (CATS) developed a 1.5 Teraflops super computer called the High Performance Computer Cluster in 2011. This computer aids research in fields like bioinformatics, meteorology, simulation of large systems, nuclear physics and artificial intelligence. The super computer meets the High Performance Computing (HPC) benchmark.

World-Class Data Centre
The world class Computer Network consisting of a 10G backbone and served by several Gigabit switches and a sophisticated high-end Wi-Fi network covering the three campuses connects to the internet at a blazing speed of 1000 Mbps.

Knowledge Resource Centre
The Central Library, known as Knowledge Resource Centre (KRC) provides access to books and reference services to the faculty, students and research scholars. Its collection of multi-disciplinary volumes has exceeded 1.95 lakh in addition to 48 lakh e-books. The number of national and international journals and periodicals has exceeded 450 in addition to over 6,000 e-journals, CDs/ DVDs, latest editions of Handbooks, Directories, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, ISI codes covering various disciplines.

The residential facility is set in the tranquil environment of the all GITAM campuses and is highly conducive to the pursuit of learning. Separate hostels for boys and girls are available with all modern amenities such as 24 Hr Power and Water supply, a modern gym and sports facilities, eco-friendly environment, uncompromising quality of hygiene, steam cooking, safe drinking water, round the clock security, availability of resident wardens ensuring a very safe and secure stay for the student.

The University has entered into several tie-ups and collaborations with prestigious institutions in India and abroad and penned several MoUs for the purpose. These include MoUs with University of Aberty, Dundee (UAD), Scotland, UK, Vikram Simhapuri University, Nellore, National Insruments India (NII), Bangalore, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Hyderabad, Eisai Pharma Technology & Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd., Japan and Florida International University (FIU), Miami, USA.

GITAM University established its off-campus in Hyderabad, near Rudraram Village (12 Kms from Patancheru of Medak District). The campus admitted its first batch of students in 2009. The University has established its second off-campus at Nagadenahalli, Doddaballapur Taluk, Bengaluru Rural District in 2012.

The University is proud to place on record that it has achieved near 100% placement through campus recruitments. In a way, it indicates the quality of education imparted by the University and the reputation it carries with the industry especially in the core sectors. The University takes its social responsibility very seriously and ensures that the out-reach programmes undertaken by the faculty and students benefit the community at large.
GITAM’s high standards and close relationship with prestigious companies across the country enabled the University to conduct campus interviews on a large scale. Corporate majors that visited the campus for recruitment include Microsoft India, Oracle, Tata Consultancy Services, HCL Technologies, Accenture, Wipro Technologies Ltd, Computer Science Corporation, Ericsson Software, Mahindra & Mahindra, L&T, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Geometric Global, GSB Life Sciences, Infotech Enterprises, JMC Projects, Mylan Laboratories Limited., Ramky Infrastructure Limited, Wipro Infrastructure, Indian Navy, Indian Army, Anu Solar Power Limited, Anglo Eastern Shipping Management etc.

The University has been extending top priority to establish and strengthen a network of alumni, associating them in the academic activities particularly in curriculum design and campus placements. GITAM Alumni is spread world wide in various sectors both in technical & management tiers of rapid changing world includes IAS, IIM, CEO, Stanford University etc, in countries like USA, Australia, UK etc. The alumni association called GITAM Alumni of North America (GANAM) was formed at New Jersey in 2005. The Alumni Association is organizing various events frequently in the GITAM University, such as Alumni Reunion, Seminars, Career Guidance & Job Placements to facilitate interaction between University and the Alumni.

GITAM Institute of Technology (GIT), Visakhapatnam was established in the year 1980. Over the years the Institute made its significance felt in engineering education at all India level as certified by various statutory bodies. Some of the recognitions are- Top most Engineering College in Andhra Pradesh with Creditable Performance Score in Academic Audit conducted by the State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) in 2003, listed as top rated institute by many media agencies in their surveys during 2007 and 2009; included as one of the top 30 Engineering Colleges by IBM in their ‘The Great Mind Challenge’ Contest. The programs offered by GIT have been accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) thrice. University Grants Commission (UGC) conferred Autonomous status to GIT as early as in 2003, the first institute in Andhra Pradesh. In 2007, it has become a constituent institute of GITAM Deemed-to-be University. Selected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India for “Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP)” among a very few other institutes of the country in 2011. GIT offers 9 UG and 15 PG programs in various Engineering disciplines and 2 Dual Degree (B.Tech + M.Tech) programs in ECE and Mechanical Engineering and 2 Evening M.Tech Programs in Computer Science & Technology and VLSI Design. It also offers Ph.D. Programs in all engineering disciplines.

GITAM Institute of Technology (GIT), Hyderabad was established in 2009 and GITAM Institute of Technology (GIT), Bengaluru was established in the year 2012.

GITAM Institute of Management (GIM) established in 1988. It has dedicated itself to the cause of higher education in management with a single minded approach to expand its horizons in terms of academic excellence, faculty resources, facilities and infrastructure to be able to successfully address the ever-changing, evolving and challenging needs of the day.

GITAM Institute of Science (GIS) was established with main emphasis on education and research in the emerging areas of Science. The saga of science programs started in GITAM beginning with UGC funded innovative courses, M.Sc. Environmental studies in 1995 to M.Sc. Food Science and Technology in 2008. The latest addition is M.Sc. Chemistry in 2014. All the science departments have well developed laboratories with qualified research oriented faculty having published more than 200 research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals. Faculty have completed more than 25 research projects and about 10 projects are on hand, funded by UGC, DST, DAE etc. and industry majors like HPCL, Port Trust, Vizag Steel Plant etc.

GITAM Institute of Pharmacy (GIP) imparts quality education in the field of Pharmaceutical sciences to generate competent, committed, disciplined human resources with high ethical values to meet the national and global challenges in the field of Pharmaceutical care and industry. The Institute offers 4 year B.Pharmacy program from the academic session 2006, 2 year M.Pharmacy program in the specializations of Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Assurance, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the academic session 2010 and Ph.D. program from the academic session 2011.

The GITAM School of International Business (GSIB) (formerly known as GITAM Institute of Foreign Trade) was started in 1997 in academic collaboration with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi. Conceptualized as a centre of excellence in teaching, training, consultancy and research, the Institute is acclaimed as one of the top-ranking B-Schools in the country in international business. It is now declared as an autonomous School of Excellence by the GITAM University. Accordingly, the name of the Institute is rechristened as GSIB commencing from the academic year 2010-11.

GITAM School of Architecture was established with the main objective of providing worldclass education in architecture. The School offers a five year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program duly approved by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi. The basic mission of providing architectural education by the School is to create environment friendly inputs through traditional skills, materials and geographical conditions. The School has developed into a nationally recognized centre of learning for architectural education.

Hyderabad Business School (HBS), established in 2009, is an institution of quality management education, research, executive training development and consultancy. In a very short span of time, the school has built an excellent faculty pool of experience and a rich intellectual capital base, state-of-the-art infrastructure, technology-savvy campus along with commitment to excellence. The emphasis has been to prepare business leaders for the society and develop sound academia-industry collaboration.

Bengaluru School of Management Studies (BSMS) was established by GITAM University in 2012 to impart world class management education program and transform students into well groomed professionals. The School offers a high quality and Industry centric MBA program. The campus is ideally located on the NH-207, Nagadenahalli, close to Bengaluru International Airport and at a distance of 3.5 km from Doddaballapur Railway Station.

GITAM School of Law established in 2012 to fulfill the need for highly skilled legal professional to adore the Bar, Bench & Corporate sector. The School acts as a “pace-setter and a testing ground for bold experiments in legal education”. The School aims to strive for better legal education and maintain higher standards of legal research and training. The fully residential nature of this institution will lay a special emphasis on soft skills, drafting, pleadings and conveyancing, making a marked distinction from the traditional Law Schools/ Colleges in India. Besides this, the School will impart special skills to the students relevant to their ambitions and attitudes. The main motto of the School is to instill cultural, moral and ethical values in the students.

The Centre for Distance Learning (CDL) established in 2009 with recognition from Distance Education Council (DEC) duly recommended by a joint committee of UGC-AICTE-DEC. It has been successfully offering 13 UG, PG and Diploma programs in literature, management, science and social sciences. The Centre provides virtual classrooms, unique learning resources and administrative services. Online learning in select programs is enriching interactive learning process.

GITAM Dental College & Hospital (GDCH) is one of the premier educational institutions offering quality and affordable Dental care in India. It was established in 2001 and offering Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Master of Dental Surgery (MDS). The Dental College has excellent infrastructure with over 1.75 lakh sft of built up areas and is the largest of its kind in Andhra Pradesh. It has well quipped state-of-the-art library, modern clinical departments and pre-clinical and clinical laboratories. GITAM Dental College & Hospital conducts a large number of dental health camps for education, motivating and treating the general public, especially the rural population, so as to improve their oral hygiene and health status in addition to free school Oral Health Care Program.

GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (GIMSR) was established in 1995 as a health center to cater to the needs of students and faculty of GITAM. The GITAM hospital has grown into a three hundred bedded hospital lending health care not only to students and staff but also to the general public at low cost located around 15 kms radius of the University with specialized services in Medical, Surgical Gynecological and allied specialties. The hospital located on an exclusive 30 acre area at Rushikonda Beach favouring tourism and medical attendance, will soon be upgraded into a 1000 bedded hospital rendering all super specialty services. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the- art facilities to lend effective health care. The aim and goal of the GIMS is to provide high quality services and affordable cost to all sections of the society in preventive, diagnostic, curative, rehabilitative and educative areas of health and allied fields.

GITAM Center for Integrated Rural Development (CIRD) is playing the role of a catalyst for integral rural development through accelerated transfer of technology, action research projects, appropriateness affordability and sustainability of technology models to the user population. Initially biodiesel production technology has been developed and after standardization is being spread to rural areas for self employment and income generation. The centre has collaboration with organizations like MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and SHIRDI Foundation and other such NGOs involved in rural development. The Centre is working as an effective link between the rural people, the Government and the Panchayat Raj institutions.

Center for Climate Change and Disaster Management was established in 2009. The objectives of the centre are (1) to develop sound environment and climate friendly technologies for effective waste management practices in particular and green house gas emissions in general; (2) to study the impact of climate change on monsoonal climate in North-Coastal AP in association with National Research Organizations and (3) to analyze the impact of climate change on Forests in Eastern Ghats.

Centre for Human Science & Service was established in 2009. The center aims at participating in the process of promoting the bright side of the mind. It addresses the fundamental issues in human science and society. The center’s focus is on the resolution of existential problems and the training of true professionals to serve the community. Further, issues relating to empowerment of women and research will be given special emphasis. Frontier areas of human science such as the study of yoga and other consciousness enhancing strategies are of special interest. Applied aspects of human science constitute the core interest of the Center.

Centre for Gandhian Studies was established in the year 2009 with the explicit purpose of promoting Gandhian thought through teaching and research in the context of current socio-political, economic and educational concerns. Translation of Gandhian ideas into policy guidelines are required to reorient the rural sector. The main objectives of the center are (1) to undertake research projects on Gandhian philosophy in the context of contemporary socio, political economic and educational concerns and (2) to examine the relevance of Gandhian philosophy to resolve conflicts and maintain peace in the present context of naxalism and international terrorism.

Center for Sustainable Urban Development was established in 2009. The objectives are (1) to disseminate the knowledge and provide the necessary technologies for overall development of urban areas; (2) to provide expertise to the government and non-government agencies for infrastructure development; (3) to be a catalyst for integrated development of urban sector through transfer of technology and (4) to undertake research projects for all round development of urban areas in the country in general and Andhra Pradesh in particular.

Centre for Entrepreneurship Development was established in the year 2009. The University has started this with the objective of helping people discover and use entrepreneurship to become self-reliant. The main objectives of the centre are (1) to train the youth to use their skills, aptitudes and attitudes to turn opportunities into reality; (2) to increase the awareness of entrepreneurship as a career option; (3) to provide inputs for entrepreneurship awareness, business creation, small business development and training of trainers; (4) to develop training methods/techniques and manuals of entrepreneurial processes; (5) to promote rural entrepreneurship and education the rural business folk in different business related aspects and (6) to train the youth to develop entrepreneurial skills and enable them to take up self-employment.


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Experts warn govt over Kovvada nuke project

In the backdrop of the proposed nuclear power plant in Kovvada in Srikakulam district, the experts have a word of caution for going ahead with the project.

In the wake of the 1300 MW-capacity nuclear power plant proposed at Kovvada by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, T Shivaji Rao, director of Environmental Studies at GITAM university, said that the nuclear energy is inherently risky and a perennial health hazard for the environment and the humans.

Nuclear plants are entirely opposed in the European countries and the United States. The chief ministers of Indian states and the Union government must realise that the nuclear safety is a myth due to increasing nuclear catastrophes all over the world, Rao said. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy recently said that safety of people will be top priority for his government in the wake of the Kovvada project.

The proposed nuclear plant at Kovvada lies not only in a seismic highway between Midnapur- Visakhapatnam and Kakinada but also poses a serious threat to the ecology of the north coastal Andhra and fragile eco-systems of the Eastern Ghats extending to Orissa, Rao said in a statement.

He demanded that the Union Ministry of Environment must cancel the clearances given to the proposed major nuclear power plants at Jaitapur in Maharashthra, Bhavnagar in Gujarat and Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh while proposed expansion of some of the nuclear plants be suspended.

Vizag team hopes to mine lunar surface

GITAM University students, from left, Hamza Madarwala, Vanka Sai Suraj, Bollem Raj Kumar, Vikas Kumar Singh and Ch Niranjan Reddy. The faculty advisor is P.M. Valli.

As many as seven Indian teams are participating in the final round of a National Aeronautical and Space Administration (Nasa) competition to create a device to mine precious elements on the moon and bring them back to earth.

Twelve international teams have been selected by Nasa, the premier space agency of the US, and of the seven from India, one is from Visakhapatnam.

The challenge is for students to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator.

The Lunabotics mining competition will be held in the US from May 23.

The team from Visakhapatnam comprising students of GITAM University has prepared a robot that will crawl along the hostile terrain of the moon, picking up regolith (moon dust) and depositing it in a container for shipment back to earth.

Nasa will test the efficiency and durability of the robots in an artificial atmosphere resembling the lunar terrain. The task given to each of the teams is that their robots should collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kg of lunar simulant within 15 minutes.

The regolith of the moon is said to contain elements like uranium and thorium of high nuclear grade, said Mr Raj Kumar, a third-year student of mechanical engineering at Gitam University and one of the five members of the team that designed the robot called Lunabot.

TCS signs MoU with Gitam varsity

The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Hyd-erabad signed an MoU with Gitam University for academic relationship here on Monday. The TCS vice-president and regional head, Mr V. Rajanna. signed the document.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajanna said Gitam University has been the main source for IT companies for their quality manpower requirements and af-ter Hyderabad no other city in AP is competing with Vizag. He said the Nasscom also recognised Visakhapatnam as one of the major IT talent hubs in Andhra Pradesh. Mr Rajanna said Gitam has been a valued partner for TCS and this agreement of cooperation reinforces the partnership between two organisations.

While interacting with faculty members, he said that they were ready to offer faculty development programmes on cloud computing and IT security issues. He promised that his company extends cooperation to Gitam Hyderabad campus. The university vice-chancellor, Prof G. Subramanyam, said that the university-industry interaction was a main component in Gitam vision 2020 document.

Many fruit trees unable to withstand pollution

Contrary to popular belief that trees fight pollution, several species of plants including cashew, tamarind, guava, mango, custard apple, gulmohar, banyan, sapota and jackfruit, are falling prey to heavy air pollution in the industrial city of Visakhapatnam.

Researchers from the departments of chemistry, and environmental studies, GITAM University, Visakh-apatnam, have found that many plant species have been experiencing physiological changes due to heavy air pollutants before exhibiting visible damage to leaves. The content of chlorophyll has come down in many trees affecting the delicate process of converting carbondioxide into oxygen.

It has also affected food preparation by the trees, and thus reduction in their fruit yield and growth.
Of the 29 trees studied, only six fell under the moderately tolerant to air pollutants category.

None of these are tolerant to chemicals present in the air. Only those trees that are tolerant to heavy air pollutants are capable of fighting pollution in industrial belts, and reducing its impact on human beings, animals and other plants.

The research was conducted separately by N. Srinivas and others from department of environment studies, and A. Sunil Dadhich and team from the department of chemistry.

Peepal, jujube, amla, cassia, lemon and neem are moderately tolerant to pollution. A majority of trees fall in the sensitive category. This means growing these trees in industrial belts and highly polluted areas will do more harm than good to the environment.

Trees can be used as both passive biomonitors and bio-mitigators in the urban industrial environment to indicate the environmental quality and to ameliorate the pollution levels. Air pollutants can directly affect plants via leaves. The level of injury is high in sensitive species and low in tolerant ones, the researchers said.

The teams studied the content of chlorophyll and ascorbic acid, relative humidity, pH and air pollution tolerance index (APTI) of trees selected.

Expert: New dam will help Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Indias foremost dam expert, Prof. T. Shivaji Rao, believes the 116-year old Mullaperiyar dam has overlived its life and the only solution for both Tamil Nadu and Kerala is to agree to build a new dam located 300 metres downstream of the present one.

The original British engineers who had constructed the dam anticipated its lifespan to be 50 years and it has already extended its life by almost 70 decades, said Prof. Rao.
The other matter of concern is that the Mullaperiyar dam is located on an earthquake seismic highway and unexpectedly heavy rainfall can aggravate matters. To this effect, Prof. Rao has advised the Kerala state government to conduct an airborne magneto meter surveys to try and identify emerging hidden faults that can trigger large earthquakes. One such survey was conducted by the US geological survey for protecting the townships of Portland Vancouver in the USA, he pointed out.
Prof. Rao, who was a member of the dam expert safety committee which reviewed the safety of both the Tehri dam and the Sardar Sarovar dam and is currently heading the Centre for Environmental Studies, GITAM University in Visakhapatnam, having specialised in both irrigation and environmental engineering, believes a new cement concrete dam built with existing technologies will ensure higher water allocation than what is being made available today.
The new dam can be at a height of 154 feet and not 136 feet as is being demanded by Kerala, said Prof. Rao, who insisted depriving Tamil Nadu of water was an unacceptable solution. But as a first step, the Central government needs to create a corporation like the Tehri Hydro Corporation in UP or the Sardar Sarovar Corporation in Gujarat to be able to deal with an interstate multipurpose project. According to experts, sudden floods of 19,000 cusecs to 1,20,000 cusecs are constantly occurring in Periyar river which means that inflows will be 1 to 11 TMC per day. This peak flooding can have a detrimental effect given that the Periyar dam is already in a poor shape.

Tech colleges eye medical stream

Faced with dwindling admissions for B.Tech courses, several big engineering college groups are eyeing the lucrative medical education business. According to sources, many of them have submitted applications to set up medical colleges. Owners of several such technical institutions, it is learnt, are bringing political pressure on the state government to immediately issue the mandatory essentiality certificates (ECs) in an effort to tap into the huge demand for MBBS seats in the state.

The Maheshwara Group of Institutions, which runs a chain of engineering, pharmacy, MBA and MCA colleges in the city, is learnt to be lobbying hard to set up a new medical college. The group is owned by A. Maheshwar Reddy, former PRP MLA who is now in the Congress after the partys merger. The TRR Group, which runs several technical colleges and is owned by T. Rammohan Reddy, a Congress leader from Parigi, is also in the fray to set up a medical college in the state capital, sources said.

Similarly, Gitam University, a deemed-university, has submitted application for setting up a medical college in Visakhapatnam. The other prominent groups that have evinced interest in opening medical colleges are Aurora, Bharat, Nimra, Gayatri, Prakasam, and Bapatla Engineering Colleges, among others. Medical education department officials are under pressure from these groups, as they are directly approaching the CMO to get the much-needed ECs. The government has been refusing to issue ECs to set up new private medical colleges in the state since 2004, citing lack of faculty and staff to work in medical colleges and hospitals.

However, ECs were issued to three private medical colleges last year, including the Apollo Group and the Malla Reddy Group.

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