“Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) is trying to create quality universities so that the higher education here would be the best in India”, said Culture, Tourism, Sports and Excise Minister V Srinivas Goud. The Minister was the Chief Guest at a seminar jointly conducted by Excel India- Palamuru University at the Central Library Auditorium of the university on April 13, Wednesday.
Speaking on the topic of the seminar – “CM KCR Visison: Palamuru University Growth – the minister explained various steps taken by the KCR government in the last eight years to promote education sector in general and higher education in particular. Srinivas Goud promised to contribute his support for the growth of Palamuru University. We want this university grow stronger, he said.
“We want more medical colleges, more law colleges and engineering colleges. Palamuru University should introduce courses which would suit the needs of the changing times,” said Srinivas Goud. The minister said several new buildings that came up on the varsity campus would be opened soon while more buildings would be taken up for construction in the coming months.
CM KCR has decided to go for a centralized system of recruitment to teaching and non-teaching staff of all state universities, to remove scope for irregularities and doubts in the minds of the candidates, said Srinivas Goud. He was ref erring to the State Cabinet decision on April 12 to fill up all vacancies in the state universities.
Tthe minister said that the CM had taken a decision at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to recruit around 3,500 staff in the varsities soon. “This is the commitment of our CM KCR towards strengthening as many as 11 state universities,” said Srinivas Goud. Allowing six more private universities too would help the higher education needs of people,he said.
The minister said that the KCR government was committed to improving the quality of secondary and higher education since it came to power in 2014. “The conditions in the schools, colleges and hostels have gone up drastically and you can the results today,” he said. Still a lot more can be done to better the situation.
The minister told the seminar that the CM was committed to improving the education sector in the southern Telangana like Mahabubngar and Nalgonda districts, which are backward over the years. “I request all entrepreneurs and educationists to start top quality colleges like pharmacy and medical in these districts, the government will cooperate with them,” said the minister.
Palamuru University Vice chancellor Prof LB Laxmikanth Rathod made a presentation on the expansion of the varsity in the coming years. He said a budget with Rs 75 crore was submitted to the government for 2022-23, proposing various new projects including a research lab for science students at Rs 10 crore.
Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) Chairman Prof R Limbadri spoke on the need to universities to focus on quality academics and told the students to improve their skills so that they can have a bright future in life.
Prof Limbadri explained various steps taken by the council to improve the state of the universities. Prof Limbadri said the universities can raise funds from CSR of companies, alumni and philanthropists.
Former TSCHE chairman Prof Papi Reddy said KCR had an attachment with Mahabubnagar district even before he became the CM. During the Telagana agitation when he was an MP from here, KCR had taken initiative to secure Rs 10 crore funds for Palamuru University. “Once, Palamuru labor were everywhere in Hyderabad, but today you cannot find them as this entire area has been developed agriculturally”.
“This is because of the vision of CM KCR. Students also should strive for skill based knowledge so that they can stand on their own, instead of waiting for government jobs, which may not be there for all, ” said Prof Papi Reddy.
PU registrar Prof Pindi Pavan Kumar made a presentation on the developmental activities of the university. He said that the university with three campuses at Mahabubnagar, Wanaparthy and Kollapur – is on the path of growth.
Excel India Chief Editor Rama Krishna Sangem in the beginning introduced the topic and purpose of the seminar. He said the state universities faced types of problems – funds shortage, changing conditions in the world to update the syllabus and the growing need to promote research and application of knowledge among the students.
Former registrar Prof Manoja who superannuated from service on October 31, 2021 recalled her experiences in the initial stages of the university. She called upon for enrollment of more women in the university. She felt that the universities should have freedom to generate funds for better academics and resources.
Executive Council member Prof K Girija Mangatayaru spoke on the need for universities raising funds to meet their growing requirements.
Sree Dattha Group of educational institutions chairman G Panduranga Reddy recalled his journey from a struggling college owner in the old Mahabubnagar district to an educationist at the State level today. Reddy said he was ready to contribute to the growth of education in this area.
Electronics industry expert and manufacturer Dr Vijay Kumar Gupta spoke on the need for students to scale up their skills and knowledge.
Oficer on Special Duty) to VC Dr D Madhusudhan Reddy presented Way Forward to the seminar and Vote of Thanks.
Mahabubnagar municipal chairman Narasimha, EC members Phani Prasad Rao and others too were present on the occasion.
Prof Manoja, athlete Maheswari, alumni of Palamuru varsity, and her coach N Ramesh were felicitated by Minister Srinivas Goud on the occasion.
The minister and all guests paid floral tributes to Dr BR Ambedkar on this Birth anniversary.