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Campus for IIPE – Visakhapatnam tabled in Lok Sabha
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday tabled the Bill to set up of a permanent campus for the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy-Visakhapatnam under the AP Reorganization Act of 2014.
It may be recalled that the IIPE is operating from Andhra University Engineering College campus and is offering courses in B.Tech Petroleum Engineering and B.Tech Chemical Engineering. The Bill will pave way for granting the status of Institute of National Importance on par with IITs to IIPE.
The Bill was introduced by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan. The State government has allocated over 150 acres of land at Anakapalli area of Sabbavaram mandal in the district for free of cost for setting up the permanent campus of IIPE, Visakhapatnam. Dharmendra Pradhan has laid the foundation stone for the permanent campus in October 20, 2016. The establishment of the institute will require a total capital expenditure o Rs.655.46 crore and an endowment fund of Rs.400 crore.
IIT Khargpur is mentoring IIPE and is also playing a role in the appointment of new professors for the institute. At present there are four professors working on the campus and five more will join by July 19.