Telangana seeks Centre’s nod to start classes in Tribal University this academic year


Hyderabad: The State government on Thursday urged the Centre to grant permission to start class work from 2020-21 academic year at the Mulugu-based Tribal University, an institution guaranteed to Telangana under the 2014 bifurcation Act.

Minister for ST welfare Satyavathi Rathod, in a letter to the Union government, sought all required permissions to start the class work without loss of one more academic year. The initial permission was to start classes from 2019-20 academic year.

She pointed out that the State government has allocated 335 acres of land at Jakaram in Mulugu district for the establishment of the university. The secretary education of the Central government visited the site on December 31, 2018, and said the State can start admissions and open the university from 2019-20 academic year.

Accordingly, Chief Secretary held a meeting and allocated Rs 15 crore to handover the assigned land there to the government and granted another Rs 2.9 crore for establishment of temporary campus. On February 2, 2019 Rs 15 crore was released through GO RT No 28 for land in survey number 837. “We have requested the centre to hand over the 115 acres of assigned land and 50 acres of forest land and also to release granted amount of Rs 3 crore. For this centre replied that Rs 4 crore was allocated for tribal university in the 2020-21 budget,” she wrote.

She also mentioned that the Centre at that time had said that other required amounts will be disbursed based on the need and the expenditure incurred by the State government. “However neither the centre gave us funds nor issued permissions,” she said. She reiterated that the university once established will pave way for the tribal youth for a brighter future and hence all necessary grants must be given and classes must be started this academic year without further delay.

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