The admission buzz that will generate in a couple of months will be more intense as big players from international arena have set their eyes on capturing a major share of the schoolchildren population in the fresh academic year.
Collaborations with international educators have given a major boost to the much-needed world class infrastructure. The imposing palatial campus of Happy Valley Residential School at Chopparametla near Aagiripally in Krishna district started by Dr. KKR Gowtham Educational Institutions has set the tone for entry of such upscale properties. The new facility is said to have cost more than Rs. 100 crore.
DPS World School, a new chain of schools that promises to change the way people look at education of a child, is gearing up to enrol students in the new academic year at Kaza in the new capital region. Located beside Acharya Nagarjuna University, the school is coming up in eight acres under the aegis of DPS World Foundation.
After making a mark in engineering education, the Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology (VVIT) group has embarked on VIVA, an international school between Guntur and Vijayawada. French educator Dr. Sophie Peralaba, who has been appointed the principal, says faculty has been absorbed from across the world to facilitate international exposure to students.
The new institutions play a key role in Andhra Pradesh’s transition into the big league.
The Delhi Public School (DPS), Vijayawada, is also planning to set up an international school in the capital region and has sought allocation of 20 acres of land for the purpose. “We are considering introduction of International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum in the new set-up,” said the Dean S.B. Rao.
In addition to this, Viswa Bharathi educational institutions also have a plan for a residential school in an area of 20 acres.
With reports doing rounds about the probable influx of nearly 15,000 students in the new academic year, managements of almost all schools are adding additional sections to accommodate the surge in admissions.
Managements of Bhashyam Public School, Aravinda High School and Nellore Ravindra Bharathi are among the race to set up new branches in the capital region.
To meet new challenges, managements of private schools are sprucing up by incorporating latest technology in the teaching patterns. “We will rely on technology-induced teaching and refurbish our labs,” said K. Chandrasekhar, secretary of Andhra Pradesh Private Schools’ Association (APPSA).
“People in Vijayawada are brand-conscious. Without caring about efficacy, they rush into all things branded. The new brand of schools, that way, may attract a good number of students,” says Sarada Anil Kumar, Principal of Akshara International School.