Srihari seeks support of industry, corporations to education

  • All schools in TS to go digital by June ‘17

Hyderabad: Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari has said all schools in the state will go digital by June 2017 and urged industries and corporations to support the education sector and research in universities as part of their social responsibility.

IT & Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao was also present.

Speaking at a conference on Excellence in Education here on Tuesday, he said the state government aims to provide quality education free of charge. The government will soon regularize services of contract lecturers as promised in the TRS party manifesto and fill vacant posts. “Regularization process was delayed due to court cases and on clearance of the contract lecturers”, Srihari said. 

He said all the government schools and institutions in Telangana will be digitalized by next June. At the same time, basic facilities and infrastructure will also be provided to the schools.

He called upon industrialists and corporate companies to help push the education sector and research as part of their social responsibility. He added that the government was striving to provide free quality education and efforts were on to see that over six lakh students get this opportunity after setting up of 1,250 to 1,300 Gurukul schools. 

Srihari, who is also the Education Minister, said measures were being taken to provide facilities and infrastructure to schools, including water and power supply, toilets, computer labs, practical labs and buildings by June 2017. In the first phase, 3,352 schools have gone digital and the rest will be digitized by June next.

Srihari announced that the government had decided to launch Telangana Skills and Knowledge Centers in degree colleges to provide students soft skills and offer them certificates. Though the previous government had sanctioned junior and degree colleges, they failed to provide facilities and infrastructure, he charged.

However, the TRS Government was fulfilling its promises made on the eve of Assembly elections and was focusing on constructing new buildings and infrastructure, he claimed. He hoped that similar conferences would help the education sector to develop and it is time corporate companies extend support to education and research in universities.

The government has identified some lapses in the education system and steps are being taken to plug them, he said. -NSS

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