16 erring engineering colleges charge-sheeted

  • Srihari is sore about falling standards in engineering colleges
  • Opposition blames the minister of evading the reimbursement
  • Congress, BJP members stage walkout in TS Assembly

HYDERABAD: Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari on Tuesday expressed his anguish and concern in the Telangana Assembly over the falling academic standards in engineering colleges, which according to him, have mushroomed like  “poultry farms” in the state.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who is also in charge of Education Ministry, stated this while replying to a question in the State Assembly and asserted that the State Government which was working towards providing quality technical education would not tolerate falling standards in the engineering colleges.

In this connection he informed the House that the State Government has initiated criminal proceedings against 16 engineering colleges which have tried to secure affiliation from JNTUC by false claims without having the basic infrastructure facilities. He reiterated that the State Government would not spare any institution trying to play with the academic lives of the students without even fulfilling the basic needs for imparting engineering and other technical courses.

Referring to the issue of fee reimbursement and clearing the mounting arrears in this regard, the Deputy Chief Minister said that unlike the previous governments the TRS Government had not tried to evade the arrears of fee reimbursement scheme. After TRS took the reins of the administration in the new state of Telangana, the government had released Rs.17,000 crores till now. As for clearing the payments for the 2014-15 academic year, the government would take necessary action as per the information available, he explained.

Congress member Puvvada Ajay Kumar took strong exception to the Deputy Chief Minister’s comment that the academic standards in engineering colleges were falling due to the institutions mushrooming like poultry farms. Such comments would only affect the brand image of Hyderabad, he observed and charged that the Government was trying to evade the responsibility of fee reimbursement scheme while also searching for ways and means to evade payment of arrears to the colleges, he charged.

The BJP member G.Kishan Reddy alleged that the delay in payments to engineering colleges the fee reimbursement amounts has resulted in scores of teaching staff not receiving their salaries for months.  There was no logic in blaming the colleges or the teaching staff while the government itself is failing to fulfill its obligation in the payment of fee reimbursement amounts, he observed and added that in the name of punishing the erring colleges, the academic lives of students should not be sacrificed.

MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi pointed out that the main reason for the academic standards falling in engineering colleges was the  lack of basic facilities and well trained teaching staff. He suggested that the state government should set up one engineering college in each of the district headquarters and equip them with all required facilities to impart quality education to the students. He wanted to know why the government had not submitted the findings of the experts committee to the Supreme Court on whose directive an examination of the functioning of the institutions was taken up.

The Deputy Chief Minister refuted the allegations of Congress and BJP members that the state government was trying to dilute the fee reimbursement scheme. The government was committed to continue the scheme and would not take any step to the detriment of the students. He asserted action was initiated against only those colleges which had not fulfilled the required norms and tried to secure affiliation of JNTU with false claims.

The Congress and the BJP members staged a walk out from the House expressing dissatisfaction over the Srihari’s answers. (NSS)

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