Government is planning to open IIT and IIM in Seemandhra
Even as anti-Telangana protests continue, the Group of Ministers (GoM)
on Telangana has written to the HRD Ministry asking it to chalk out
plans for setting up higher education institutions like the IITs and
IIMs besides others of repute in the Seemandhra region. The Ministry
is likely to forward a demand plan of Rs 4,000 crore for the purpose
by next week. Seemandhra is devoid of any of the top higher
educational institutes and more so, Central government institutions.
Sources said that a committee headed by HRD Secretary Ashok Thakur has
chalked out a plan to put some of the best know Centrally-funded chain
of educational institutes in Seemandhra region which is also
represented by HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju. The Ministry would,
however, not identify the place or location as they would be done with
due consultation with State Government and other stakeholders.
Some of Andhra Pradesh’s most prestigious educational institutions
have gone to Telangana leading to concerns over quality higher
education in the remaining two regions- Ralayaseema and coastal
Three Central universities— University of Hyderabad, The English and
Foreign Languages University (EFLU) and the Maulana Azad National Urdu
University—as well as the Indian Institute of Technology, National
Institute of Technology (NIT) and the Nizam’s Institute of Medical
Sciences have gone to Telangana.
Raju himself is aware about the educational vacuum created in the
regions and to protest the Union Government’s decision to bifurcate,
has since put in his papers and restrained himself from attending
office. Raju completed one year at HRD Ministry on Thursday
While framing the education package for Seemandhra, HRD Ministry is
facing a major logistical problem as the best known institutes in AP
are confined to Hyderabad. “It should have been spread across the
state. It would have helped not only education sector but also socio-
economic factor as education is a key mobilizer of mass opinion and
there would not have been more of problem in setting up new
infrastructure,” said the official.
Sources said there is a very limited scope for Centre granting enough
funds in the 12th plan period (2012-17) as after 16 new Central
universities, seven new IITs and six new IIMs which were opened in the
11th plan period (2007-12), the Planning Commission decided for a
freeze on new Central institutes in the 12th plan.
Meanwhile, two PILs were filed in Supreme Court on Friday over
Telangana issue challenging the Cabinet decision to bifurcate the
state. The matter will be taken up on November 18.
Andhra Pradesh had seen a significant rise in the number of technical
and other professional courses including engineering and management
and approved seats rose to 691,237 in 2012 from 316,169 in 2008. Of
the total number of seats available, 340,000 are in engineering