Hyderabad: Telangana government asserted that there was no adverse impact of cancellation of affiliation of professional colleges, following the irregularities noticed, on the student community.
This assertion came in the Legislative Council on Tuesday when Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari was replying to a volley of questions on the vigilance and enforcement inspections ordered by the government on professional colleges.
Srihari, who also holds education portfolio, informed the House that following implementation of recommendations after the inspections, the number of engineering colleges was reduced from 346 to 199. The affiliations were cancelled as the managements failed to fulfill the affiliation norms. This apart, many irregularities were noticed in the distribution of tuition fee reimbursement and maintenance fee. Likewise, affiliations of 17 pharma colleges and 10 MBA colleges were also cancelled.
The Deputy CM disagreed with the leader of the opposition Mohd Ali Shabbir’s contention that there was an adverse impact on students due to the move. “During last academic year, nearly 35,000 convener quota seats were not filled up in the engineering stream,” he pointed out arguing that there was no dearth of seats and more over private engineering colleges were established beyond necessity in the past.
Countering the Opposition’s charges on private universities, the Minister said 24 out of the 29 States in the country were encouraging private universities. The Telangana government was still studying the issue of extending reservations to the SC, ST and BC students or the fee reimbursement to students in private universities, he said.
Regarding government Degree colleges issue raised by MLC V Gangadhar Goud, the Minister said 61 Degree colleges were established in Telangana in the last 10 years. Of these 61 colleges, 58 colleges lack sufficient land, building and staff. The TRS party, after taking over the reins of power, had directed all the District Collectors to identify land for construction of college buildings.
Each building would be constructed with a cost of Rs 2.50 crore and the government had already released Rs 100 crore in this regard. This apart, sufficient funds were released for infrastructure such as labs, surveillance cameras etc,.