Telangana has passed a new bill that will allow five new private universities in the State on Sept 14. This will pave the way for the establishment of five new private universities: Mahindra University, Woxsen University, Malla Reddy University, SR University and Anurag University.
These universities have been mandated to set aside 25 percent of seats for students from Telangana.
The students whose parents worked in the State for at least two years are also eligible for admission under the quota.
According to the KCR govt, the move will provide opportunities to hundreds of thousands of students in the State who plan to move abroad or neighboring States for higher education. The Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy said that the state was ranked 25th at the national level in terms of the number of universities available and the move will help the state in long run.
However, many student organizations and educationists have alleged that the Private Universities Bill would threaten the constitutionally-guaranteed reservation policy and right to education for the weaker and marginalized groups.
Indra Reddy is also facing flak from the opposition – which alleges that the government intends to favor businessmen using the Private Universities Bill. The Congress party has alleged that certain influential persons in the TRS party have major stakes in the prospective private universities.
To this Reddy pointed out that all these private university managements had been operating private educational institutions for the past 20-30 years in the State and obtained permissions upon fulfilling all conditions.
She clarified that the fee reimbursement scheme as well as reservations in admissions will be applicable to the existing courses in the brown-field universities, which have already been operating different educational institutions in the State. The new green-field universities, which will commence operations in the State, are not required to follow these regulations.