Representatives from 13 leading international schools from across the globe expressed interest in setting up their campuses in the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati. The AP Capital Region Development Authority held a round table meeting with the representatives on requirement of at least two international schools, five private schools and a residential campus in Amaravati by 2019.

Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary for Infrastructure, explained in detail to the audience the vision for overall economic development and employment generation in the city. He detailed the recent developments in the capital city regarding infrastructure, funding, and the anchor sectors chosen for the capital city. Elaborate details regarding the estimated numbers in the capital city pertaining to the jobs, population and GDP expected were also shared.

Revealing the government proposal, Mr. Ajay Jain said, “The process being considered for the allotment of land for schools is a Quality-Cost-Based-Process (QCBS), where an initial qualification will be conducted of the applicants, and then a cost-based short-listing would be conducted for the qualified participants.”

Representatives of DPS International, Global Indian International School (GIIS), Singapore, Ryan International, Podar International, Indus International, Pathways, NCR, GEMS, Dubai, Chirec International, Jubilee Hills Public School, Amity International, HLC International and Candor International schools participated in the conference and expressed their views. While some of them proposed to the government to formalise the RTE requirements as part of city education policy, others opined that the investment on land is minor issue compared to overall investment required. They said that around Rs. 150 to 200 crore is required to set up the remaining infrastructure to run the operations of the school.