Hyderabad : After a decade of private colleges hogging engineering courses, the state has finally set up a government engineering college in Manthani, Karimnagar district, which will start operations from the current academic year (2010-11). Besides the regular B.Tech courses, the new college will offer specialised courses in mining engineering and mining machinery.

On Saturday, the JNTU-Hyderabad and the Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. (SCCL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect at the Secretariat in the presence of the minister for higher education, Mr D. Sridhar Babu, the minister for technical education Mr M. Venkata Ramana Rao, the chairman of the APSCHE, Prof. K.C. Reddy, the Vice-Chancellor of the JNTU-H, Prof. D.N. Reddy, the principal secretary of higher education, Mr C.R. Biswal, and the commissioner of technical education, Mr Laxminarayana. A total of 300 seats in various streams of engineering will be available for students who qualified in the Eamcet this year. An additional 15 super numerary seats will be created exclusively for children of the employees of SCCL.

The SCCL has agreed to provide funds amounting to Rs 20 crore for the construction of the administrative and academic buildings and for the procurement of laboratory equipment for the college. In addition, the state has provided 65.37 acres of land at Bheemraopet of Siripuram village, Manthani, for this purpose.

“The college will start functioning from September 15 from a temporary accommodation at Godavarikhani. This accommodation has been provided by the SCCL. The permanent campus will be ready by the start of the next academic year,” said Mr D. Sridhar Babu. He also said that the government will sanction 68 teaching and 160 non-teaching posts in the first phase of the total requirement of 120 teaching and 267 non-teaching posts.

source : DC