Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the SRM University at Neerukonda village in Mangalagiri Mandal in Amaravati on Saturday.
This is the first educational institute to be established in the upcoming capital of the state.
“This is the first educational institute to be established in the capital with a vision of providing quality education and international exposure. This university’s long term plans will cater to around 30,000 students pursuing careers in multiple fields,” the Chief Minister said in a statement.
Speaking at the inaugural event, Venkaiah Naidu said that SRM University would ensure that students need not go abroad to study and avail top-class facilities. He assured the Centre’s support to the Andhra government, to convert Amaravati into a global city.
“The capital city is a part of the Make–in–India campaign led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Modi-Babu pair is a winning combination for the state,” he told the gathering.
“SRM University has created a brand equity for itself, in a short period. I appreciate it for setting up the first campus in Amaravati. I’n impressed that the University management came up with its building within a short span of five months, and is starting the academic session from this year,” he said in a statement later.
Amid all of this, there is cheating case pending on Vice Chancellor and he was arrested by Chennai Police back in 2016. Here is the news published in The Hindu.
The Chennai Central Crime Branch police on AUGUST 26, 2016 arrested SRM University chancellor T.R. Pachamuthu alias Pari Vendhar after an overnight interrogation at the Old Police Commissionerate office in Egmore in connection with cases of cheating filed by parents of some medical course aspirants and the mysterious disappearance of film producer Madhan.
Late in the evening, he was produced before the Saidapet Judicial Magistrate XI after being examined by doctors since afternoon. However, till late in the evening, he was not remanded in judicial custody with his lawyers pressing for bail on health grounds.
The police had questioned Mr. Pachamuthu, who also heads the Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK), which allied with the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, after being rapped by the Madras High Court recently for shoddy investigation.
The court had specifically asked the police why Mr. Pachamuthu, a suspect in the case, was not questioned and warned that the probe would be transferred to an external agency. Mr. Pachamuthu came under the scanner soon after his close aide and founder of Vendhar Movies Madhan had gone missing in late May after leaving behind a ‘suicide’ note in which he claimed to have deposited money collected from MBBS aspirants with the SRM group of institutions.
While Mr. Pachamuthu filed a complaint accusing Madhan of having illegally collected the money, over 110 parents had approached the police claiming to have given Rs. 50 lakh each on the promise of being admitted to the MBBS course.
There’s evidence of cheating: Police
The Chennai Central Crime Branch police, which had interrogated SRM University chancellor T.R. Pachamuthu till midnight on Thursday and again on Monday morning, said they found prima facie evidence of his involvement in cheating gullible students to the tune of Rs. 75 crore. They booked him for offences under Sections 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust.), 420 (Cheating) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
Soon after his arrest around noon, he was taken to the Government Royapettah General Hospital where he was thoroughly examined by doctors at the request of the investigating officer. A heavy posse of police cordoned off the entire the hospital. Nearly three hours later, he was taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital where cardiologists examined him.