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Private colleges treated on par with govt. colleges’

Government Whip in the Legislative Council Palla Rajeshwar Reddy has said that the government has no intention to target the college managements as is being propagated by a section of managements and reiterated that it would protect private institutions of Telangana on par with the government institutions.

He, however, agreed that there was some delay initially in the disbursal of fee reimbursement but that was more due to administrative hiccups. But now 90% dues have been cleared including Rs. 2,500 crore pending dues of the combined Andhra Pradesh.

Allaying the fears of managements of Intermediate and Degree colleges at a meeting organised at Shivani Junior and Degree College for Women at Kothapet, Mr. Reddy said the government focussed on improving quality but in no way forced any college to close.

Mr. Reddy said it was unfair on the part of some college managements to defame the TRS government as managements should remain apolitical. “College managements work with the governments for redressal of their issues and we did the same when TDP and Congress were in power,” he said.

‘Remain apolitical’

He also rejected the allegations that TRS government had encouraged corporate colleges and said 60 branches of Sri Chaitanya and Narayana colleges were closed in the last four years. Even private universities were started during the earlier governments and not by the TRS.

Representative of the college Bhaskar Reddy said some managements had extended support to the Grand Alliance fed up with the attitude of officials who were not willing to listen to their problems. Some of the issues like reduced power tarrif for educational institutions, enhancement of fee for junior and degree colleges, health cards to employees were not addressed. Mr. Rajeshwar Reddy promised that government will solve the problems. About 200 college managements represented by Nagaiah, Prakash, Parmeshwar, and Narender Reddy reposed faith in the government.