Rama Krishna Sangem
Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) turned a perfect lecturer at Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUTK), Basara on September 26, Monday. This institution, also known as IIIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology), is in the news for a few months as its students were protesting against lack of proper facilities and poor quality of administration.
KTR who went there in a helicopter along with Ministers P Sabita (Education) A Indrakaran Reddy (Forest& Endowments), and Srinivas Goud (Sports) and Education Secretary V Karuna, IAS, has done home work and announced some facilities, both basic and some infrastructure additions. More than that, KTR had a hearty talk with students, who gathered to hear him. New Vice Chancellor Prof V Venkata Ramana too was there.
“I am not here to give a boring lecture to you,” he started, but did a perfect job as a teacher who reminded the students of their responsibility in keeping and running their university in tidy fashion. His close to 40 minutes speech was full of analogies and examples to drive home the point – It is their responsibility too to keep their campus clean and efficient as well as to see that their standards are improved.
First, KTR identified himself with the students, all of them hostelers, saying: “I am also a hosteler like you. I spent most of my educational years in hostels. I know the problems of a hostel student“. Then, he asked the students to come forward through a Students Governing Council to take up the job of maintenance of their hostels, campus and other infrastructure clean and in order.
KTR said he had met CM KCR before coming to Basara and sought approval to grant some of the demands of students for long. “CM KCR said that the demands of students were genuine and that all of them must be fulfilled in a specific time frame. “I am going to come here frequently and I will do my level best this 9,000 intake institute is developed on par with the best in the class – IIT Hyderabad or NIT Warangal,” he said. He made 5 announcements on the occasion.
They are: Construction of a mini-sports stadium at a cost of Rs 3 crore, distribution of laptops to all students, a digital lab with 1,000 computers, a mini-T Hub, for innovations and incubation and 50 new classrooms with modern facilities.Besides, he urged the VC to see that a proper auditorium with fixed seating is ready by November, when he would visit the campus again. At the end of KTR’s speech, students clapped loudly forgetting the bitter past of protests.