Shabbir slams KCR for ignoring Universities

HYDERABAD: Deputy CLP leader in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Thursday accused Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of totally neglecting the Education sector in the State.

Speaking to mediapersons at the CLP office here on Thursday, Shabbir Ali alleged that seven out of nine Universities in the State have no Vice-Chancellors for several months and demanded that the government take steps to fill the VC posts by the end of this month. Otherwise, the Congress would launch agitation, he warned.  He said the varsities were facing shortage of both teaching and non-teaching staff and also lack of funds.

Accusing the TRS government of treating students of Osmania and Kakatiya Universities as “enemies”, the Congress leader alleged that the government has declined to release block grants to the varsities. As against Rs 321 crore, the government allocated Rs 170 crore to the OU. Similarly, the Kakatiya University was granted Rs 47 crore as against the needed Rs 124 crore. He also alleged that the government had diverted the UGC grants and R&D funds for payment of salaries.

Shabbir Ali accused the KCR government of neglecting priority sectors like Agriculture, Health and Education. He also alleged that the government failed to implement all promises, including Rs one lakh crop loan waiver, power supply and so on. He also alleged that some 700 farmers had committed suicide due to non-payment of adequate MSP. He said the Chief Minister was not able to decide his priorities. Instead of filling vacant posts of Vice-chancellors and other staff in the universities, the Chief Minister was concentrating on de-watering of Hussain Sagar, construction of new Secretariat at a cost of Rs 150 crore.

The Congress leader also questioned the silence of Telangana JAC convener Prof. M Kodandaram on the deteriorating conditions in the universities. He appealed to Prof Kodandaram to launch an agitation to get justice for the students. (NSS)

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