6,000 students selected to IIIT: YSR

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Hyderabad, Jun 4: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today announced the selection of 6,000 students for admission to three prestigious Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in different parts of the state this August.

Highlighting the selection process, he told reporters here over 86 per cent of the students selected attended Zilla Parishad or government-supported schools and over 45 per cent of the seats went to girls.

Over eight per cent of the seats went to ST students, 18 per cent to SC students, over 52 per cent to BCs and over 2.4 per cent to Muslim students, he added.

From day one, the selected students would be provided laptops.The government would bear the education expenditure of Rs one lakh each for SC, ST and BC students and arrange bank loans for others.

The government had allocated Rs 320 crore in this year's Budget and the required infrastructure would be completed by August, the Chief Minister said while releasing a brochure on the IIITs.

Information Technology and Communications Minister C Damodar Reddy said the Chief Minister's ''historic decision'' would enable students with rural background get the best jobs in multi-national corporations on completion of the course.

UNI

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