Cabinet clears way for private varsities

Reliance industries keen on establishing an university in the State.

By Author  |  Published: 15th Dec 2016  10:42 pmUpdated: 15th Dec 2016  10:47 pm

Hyderabad: With the State cabinet clearing decks for the private universities in the State, private managements are coming forward for start new institutions.

While Reliance industries has shown its willingness to establish an university in the State, Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT), an elite engineering college of the State has already applied to the University Grants Commission for deemed university status.

CBIT was placed 71st in the National Institutional Ranking Framework Survey and bagged top engineering college status in the State in a survey released by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development this year.  “The CBIT has a big campus and the college has autonomous status. We have already submitted a proposal to the UGC. Once the bill is approved in the Assembly, we will approach the government. It will be a technical university,” said Chennakeshava, Principal, CBIT.

There are 246 private universities in the States such as Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Assam. Recently, the neibhouring Andhra Pradesh too enacted AP Private Universities Act-2016 and Vellore Institute of Technology has launched its university.

For the establishing private universities in the State, a cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education Kadiyam Srihari has been constituted. The sub-committee which met for the first time felt that private managements would come to Hyderabad because of its brand image across the globe. It is likely to meet again on December 20 before finalising the modalities for allowing private universities in the State.