Andhra Pradesh pitched to become India’s knowledge capital

New Delhi: A workshop on “Andhra Pradesh: India’s Emerging Knowledge Capital” was organised at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi by the Centre for Strategy and Leadership (CSL) in association with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh is building a world-class Knowledge City within its new capital Amaravati with the vision to nurture talent and support innovations. APCRDA is the nodal agency which is developing the state’s new capital city.

“Under the progressive leadership of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the state is working towards developing the right education ecosystem which will support innovations and provide future generations with an effective platform to learn and prosper. We are developing a Knowledge City in Amaravati which will be built around education, research and development, skill enhancement and start-ups spread over 8,547 acres with an estimated population of 4.3 lacs. The Knowledge city is expected to generate employment for more than 1.7 lac people,” said Dr Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner, APCRDA.

Highlighting the importance of the upcoming capital city of Amaravati, Praveen Prakash, Resident Commissioner of the Andhra Pradesh government, said: “The capital city of Amaravati is a symbol of sustainable and inclusive growth. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, the Knowledge City is poised to become a world-class centre to fulfil the aspirations and motivations of the people of the state. There is a big opportunity that lies in the Knowledge city for setting up of schools, colleges and universities, skill development centres, research centres, and start-up incubation centres.”

Underlining the state government’s seriousness in engaging with serious investors and calling for investments in the Knowledge City, Bhavna Saxena, IPS, OSD, Economic Development Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh promised to extend full support to those interested in investing in the state. She also stressed that the city will become a world-class start-up hub with an end to end ecosystem for incubators and investors.

Aditya Nath Das, Principal Secretary, School Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh said that equal access to good education is what we are striving for. Our aim is to provide world-class education and knowledge ecosystem to our students to help them become competitive. The idea is to provide a world-class education system within the state.

Speaking at the workshop, Rajive Kumar, Adviser – I, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said the upcoming Knowledge City will be one of its kind in the country which will develop the next generation talent which will play an important role in the future development of the nation.

According to the Centre for Strategy and Leadership’s Chief Executive and Director Vikas Sharma: “A good education system facilitates knowledge creation for Human Advancement. The Knowledge City will not only promote research and development but will also hone employability skills among the youth. Now, the state is breaking new ground by building an entire city with Knowledge at its core.”

The workshop was attended by representatives from leading schools, colleges, universities, start-ups, development banks, national and international NGOs, academicians, think-tanks, media, and infrastructure developers, among others.