Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiam Srihari asked Vice-Chancellors of State universities to make available varsity services online from the academic year 2017-18.
He also asked the VCs to install biometric machines for capturing attendance of teachers, non-teaching staff and students from next academic year.
Addressing a meeting of the Vice-Chancellors here on Saturday, Kadiam Srihari said that before giving affiliations, the universities should ensure that sufficient facilities were available in the colleges.
Efforts should be made to get the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grade, he said adding, that universities should tap more Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan funds from the Central government.
The Minister said that all the universities should have common academic calendar from the next academic year and wanted the VCs to work for development of varsities besides strengthening them.
He wanted the VCs to give a lion’s share of the government grants for developing libraries, laboratories, students’ facilities, building repairs, and directed officials to complete works in universities before commencement of the academic year.
He said that varsities which did not get requisite funds should come up with proposals and the same would be taken up with the Chief Minister.
The VCs who attended the meeting assured the Minister that they would make services online besides installing biometric machines. They said that some universities had already applied for the NAAC grade and inspection was due.
The meeting was attended by Special Chief Secretary to Government, Education, Ranjeev R Acharya; Commissioner of Collegiate Education, A Vani Prasad; and officials of Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of State universities.