On July 18, a bill was introduced to set up the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy in Andhra Pradesh in the Lok Sabha session. The university may be set up in Visakhapatnam under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
Introduced by the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, the bill said, “The curriculum of the institute is proposed to be a specialised one and would include advanced programmes at the post-graduate and doctoral level.”
The institute is set to conduct advanced research on conventional hydrocarbons along with being declared of national importance and imparting high quality education. Liquefied natural gas, biofuels and renewables and topics alike will be the central focus of the research.
Requirements of the bill are to form a general council and a board of governors of the institute. According to the bill, all discrepancies between the institute and its employees will be entertained by a tribunal of arbitrator which would include a member of the institute, an elected representative of the employees and an “unpire appointed by the visitor”.