As the Texila American University prepares to operate its brand new facility at Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Guyanese students can look forward to paying just half the cost for flagship programmes being offered by the prestigious institution. President and Founder of the University, Saju Bhaskar, told media operatives during a tour of the facility on Monday that the medicine programme is being offered at US$10,000 per annum, but locals can qualify to get as much as a 50 per cent reduction in fees.The University offers other programmes in the field of medicine, and hopes to expand and offer courses in areas of business as well as information technology before the end of the year.Texila University is currently waiting for Government to confirm the date for the official opening of its brand new and modern campus, in which all its local operations have become centralized.With an investment of US$10 million, the new facility boasts some six modern labs, including those for biochemistry, pathology, skills, analogy and IT. Students can put their knowledge to the test in the skills lab, where various medical procedures are practised on dummies.The University also has a library, which focuses heavily on e-books, since more students prefer to read on their electronic devices. In addition to some 48,000 electronic copies of books, there are several hundred hard copy books on the library shelves of the three-storey building.More than 400 students are currently studying at this elite institution, including locals and international students. However, the campus has a capacity to accommodate 1500 students.Dorms, provided by investors, are available on campus for international students.The staff complement stands at 100, including teaching and non-teaching personnel, with the majority being Guyanese.Already recognized by the Guyana National Accreditation Council (NAC), Texila University will apply to the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for recognition of Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP), in order to further boost its integrity.CAAM-HP, the legally constituted body, was established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and is empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programmes of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM. CAAM-HP will serve as the means of providing the assurance of quality that generates confidence in the principal stakeholders, students and the public.Another major plan the University has is for solar energy to power some 80 per cent of its operations.The Texila American University is part of a global conglomerate, Texila American University Limited Hong Kong (TAU-HK), which also owns Texila Education Management Services (TEMS), USA; Texila Global Consulting Services, United Arab Emirates; and SAKSHI Education and Consulting and Training Limited in India.The university began operating here in 2010 with seven students, operating out of the Critchlow Labour College on Woodford Avenue in Georgetown, before moving to establish a campus at Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, due to a growing student population.