Dr. Sekar Viswanathan inaugurated 4th Batch of STARS Programme and issued free laptops to STAR students on Thursday at VIT AP University, Amaravati.
STARS (Support The Advancement of Rural Students) aims to provide opportunities to underprivileged rural students to pursue quality higher education. The scheme is implemented in thirteen Districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Through this scheme, since the academic year 2017-18 , one male and one female students from Government Junior Colleges located in the rural areas in each district is selected and offered complete Free Education inclusive of Hostel Facilities to pursue their education at VIT -AP. Hence every year, 26 students from 13 districts are benefited under the exclusive VIT-AP STARS scheme.
Dr.Sekar Viswanathan, Vice president VIT AP University in his address drew emphasis on hard work and exhorted the students to focus on their education to be the firsts in their chosen areas. By utilising the opportunities on campus, one can learn foreign languages like French, Spanish andGerman. He also encouraged the students to utilize these opportunities by active participation in clubs and chapters to make best their careers and live a balanced life. It is the quality of education, the presence of good faculty, the right ambience and eco system that enables students to unleash their creativity and genius and VIT AP has an impressive record on this score. He reiterated the Kothari Commission statement that “The destiny of the country is shaped in the classrooms”
Dr. S.V.Kota Reddy, Vice chancellor, VIT AP University said that STARS (Support The Advancement of Rural Students) aims to provide opportunities to under privileged rural students to pursue quality higher education.He firmly believes that Education is for emancipation, enlightenment, empowerment, employment and empathy. He stressed on four pillars of learning as enunciated in 1996 UNESCO commission on education Learning to know (Knowledge), Learning to do(Skills), Learning to be (Personality), Learning to live together (understanding, appreciation of independence).
Dr.C.L.V Sivakumar , Registrar, VIT-AP spoke about the legacy of the STAR scheme and its impact on rural education . He mentioned that we believe in creating an atmosphere which encourages innovation, generates new ideas and nurtures the talent of the young minds . He drew attention to novel concepts in teaching learning like Engineering Clinics and encouraged students to actively participate and benefit from this learning environment.
Dr.R. Thahiya Afzal , Asst. Director, Admissions, students, staff and faculty were present on this occasion.