Post bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, as per the AP Reorganisation Bill, the residuary state will be allotted a couple of central institutes such as Central University, IIM and IIT.
Though the locations are yet to be finalised they may be placed anywhere between Rayalaseema and Srikakulam. As of now the Telangana region has got about 10 Central institutes such as Hyderabad Central University, CIEFL, NALSAR and Maulana Azad National Urdu University and there is none in the Seemandhra region.
To tide over the financial crisis, Andhra University is trying to get the Central University status. Though the proposal for converting Andhra University to Central University is still to get off the drawing board, there is stiff resistance from some quarters. There is feeling that the university properties, which is worth close to Rs. 1,000 crore will get transferred to the Central Government just by the stroke of a pen.
Another factor that has come up is, in the event of AU becoming a Central University, local students might lose out on admission. There is also a feeling that if a Central University is created separately it will open up job opportunities, which will not happen if an existing university like AU is given CU status.
Clearing the air the Registrar of AU, K. Rama Mohana Rao said, “The issues are all perceived logically and not practically. The property is immovable and nobody can physically take it to Delhi. And as far as admissions are concerned the Central University norms specify 80 per cent reservation for students from other states. But going by the admission pattern of existing Central Universities, 65 per cent is filled by the local students.”
In the event of AU becoming a Central University, local students might lose out on admission