Hyderabad: The State government would re-examine the requirement of no objection certificates from various departments, recognition and affiliation process for the private educational institutions in the State, said Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiam Srihari. The high level committee comprising Srihari, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister, KT Rama Rao and Energy Minister, G Jagadish Reddy on Thursday held a meeting with associations of private recognised schools, junior and degree colleges here.
During the meeting, discussions were held on NOCs from fire department and on issues such as fee reimbursement, hostels and property tax. The Ministers instructed the private educational institutions to take permission of departments concerned to run hostel in or outside the college premises, within one month.
About 600 hostels were being run by the managements of the private and corporate junior colleges in the State. However, only 20 managements have come forward to take the permission for hostels of which about five have paid the inspection fee to the Board of Intermediate Education.
In wake of roof collapse incident at New Century School, the committee strongly pitched for safety and security of the students in the private educational institutions.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Srihari said the government instructed managements of schools and colleges located in buildings constructed before issuance of Building Regulation Scheme to provide an escape route in the premises to help in case of any untoward incident and also fire extinguishers.
An expert team would be constituted to inspect schools that require fire safety and based on its report, affiliation or recognition would be given, Kadiam said.
On the request of the managements to reduce the property tax burden, KT Rama Rao agreed on creating a separate slab which would be between domestic and commercial establishments.The meeting also discussed separate slabs for power consumption for the educational institutions. However, a final decision would be taken after a meeting with the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The Deputy Chief Minister said a committee headed by Special Chief Secretary, Education would be constituted to evolve scientific method for releasing fee reimbursements to the private educational institutions.
Every month, about Rs 200 crore was being released towards fee reimbursement but institutions were not satisfied, he said.