SRM University aims to bring MIT's US curriculum to Amaravati, signs agreement

SRM University plans to design and develop their curriculum through the use of MITx courses.

The Andhra Pradesh branch of SRM University, located in the state’s upcoming capital Amaravati, has begun working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, for the design and development of their curriculum through the use of MITx courses.

This would include courses such as Calculus, Electromagnetic Theory, Classical Mechanics, Computer Programming, and many more.

“SRM is embracing a new method of learning, not before seen in India. We will emphasize practical and application oriented learning via projects and lab courses rather than monologues that are the typical feature of our classrooms. We would like to create a world class environment for our students here at SRM University, AP – Amaravati; and we want to help them create tomorrow”, Dr P Sathyanarayanan, President of SRM University, Amaravati, said in a statement.

The university also said that its faculty would participate in annual design camps, to ensure the effective delivery of these courses to the students.

“Through these camps, faculty will learn techniques to blend MITx courses and MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) course material with relevant local content into the courses offered,” a press release stated.

“Developing research led universities is fundamental to the progress of the state and the nation. We aim to do just that by bringing solutions to the problems that plague today’s world”, Dr Narayana Rao, Pro–Vice Chancellor of the university said.

The foundation stone for the University was laid in November last year, by Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

"SRM will setup university campus with 17,000 students by end of first phase in five years and 52,000 students by the end of second phase in 10 years. This campus would include a medical college and university," CRDA commissioner Cherukuri Sridhar had said at the time.

In April this year, the campus opened admissions for the 2017-18 batch, to apply for its B.Tech engineering programmes, and it was reported that the personal interview would commence in June.

This university also said that it plans to grow from being engineering centred, into an integrated multi-disciplinary institution offering courses in other fields such as management, law, medical sciences, pure sciences and liberal arts.