The India Institute of Technology (IIT) – Tirupathi started functioning in the Temple City. Orientation Day at the transit campus, Krishna Teja Educational Institutions, saw the participation of the student and their parents. There were a series of speeches made by Minister and IIT Professors.
Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, addressed the first batch of IIT-Tirupati through video-conferencing from New Delhi. In her brief address, she urged the students to focus on the current issues in the country, especially the problems surfacing in its march towards development. She further urged the students to contribute for rural empowerment and work towards extending the ‘fruits of technology’ to the backward sections of the society.
State HRD Minister, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who spoke to the students and parents, recalled the vision of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in transforming Tirupati into a ‘Knowledge Hub’ and assured that a state-of-the-art campus of IIT Tirupati would soon come up in the location earmarked for its construction at Merlapaka village of Yerpedu mandal.
“As the first batch of the prestigious institute you have a huge responsibility on your shoulders. Your aspirations, the way you execute things, activities you undertake etc., will create a legacy and lay a path for the upcoming batches. Everything depends on the way you leave your mark on the society,” he concluded, with the quote by former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who equated knowledge to an amalgamation of creativity, courage and righteousness.
IT Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy spoke on the IT, Electronic, Innovation and Startup policies envisaged by the State government and assured that students graduating from IIT Tirupati would have ample opportunities for employment in Andhra Pradesh.
Minister for Environment and Forests Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy, Chittoor District Collector Siddharth Jain, TTD Executive Officer D. Sambasiva Rao, MCT Commissioner V. Vinay Chand, Mentor Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, IIT Tirupati Professor-In-charge K.N. Satyanarayana, Professors S. Subramanian, K. Krishnaiah, T.S. Natarajan and several others took part.