HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister today agreed to release
matching grant of Rs.5 crores each to all the new Universities from the State
Government towards UGC assistance of Rs.5 crores to each of these Universities.
Earlier the State Govt. has released Rs.10 crores in 2010-11 to Palamuru
University and Mahatma Gandhi University in addition to the budget grants of
2010-11. These grants will enable the new Universities for development of their
campus and other infrastructural facilities. The Chief Minister also agreed to
consider the proposal of releasing additional grants from lumpsum budgetary
provision as per the availability of financial resources to old universities to
meet the expenditure on implementation of revised scales.
The Govt. has given affiliation status to 10 new
Universities from 2010-2011 and each University may get nearly 100 or more
colleges under its jurisdiction. The new Universities need to set up
Examination section, academic section, confidential section, academic audit
cell, college development cell and affiliation section etc.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that there are
45 Universities in Andhra Pradesh now compared to just 24 in 2005. Similarly
there are 692 engineering colleges now compared to just 107 in 2000 and 262 in
2005 and the intake of students is now 2,67,645 compared to 32,056 in 2000 and
92,600 in 2005. While there are 1989 degree colleges now with an intake of
4,70,250 there were only 989 colleges in 2000 with an intake of 2,79,067 and
1661 colleges in 2005 with an intake of 3,92,690.
The Chief Minister was informed that there is a proposal
for a uniform academic calendar for all universities and half-yearly
performance report for which the formats designed and sent to all universities.
There is also a proposal to organise short term training for Under Graduate
teachers in each of the 23 districts and also facilities in District Resource
Centres (DRC) in Government degree colleges will be utilised and to organise
training programmes in employable skills for degree college students in
districts at the DRCs.
The Chief Minister also said Rs.35 crores shall be
sanctioned for construction of buildings for newly sanctioned Government Degree
Colleges under RIDF-XVI (NABARD). He also agreed to release funds under
re-appropriation for the English Language Labs in Government Degree Colleges.
The Chief Minister also agreed for recruitment of 500 contract lecturers for
this year only through department since the APPSC recruitment are getting
delayed. Dr Rosaiah said he will direct the APPSC to speed up direct
recruitment of 1017 lecturers.
Higher Education, Sridhar Babu, Chairman, A.P. State Council of Higher
Education, Jayaprakasha Rao, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, C R Biswal,
Principal Secretary, Finance, L,V Subramaniam, Commissioner, Collegiate
Education, Adar Sinha and other officials attended the meeting.