Andhra Pradesh

MLCs for speedy completion of Central institutions

Ganta Srinivasa Rao

Ganta Srinivasa Rao   | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

Ganta refutes BJP MLC’s charge on allocation of land

Everyone, cutting across party lines, should try to get the Central institutions promised in the A.P. Reorganisation Act, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao has said.

Responding to queries raised by MLCs in a short discussion on ‘Status of national educational institutions as mentioned in the Act’, he said the speedy completion of the 17 institutions promised was linked to the development of the State. He urged the BJP MLCs to prevail upon their leadership to get funds for these institutions.

Mr. Rao said it was unfair of the BJP leaders to blame the State government for the delay in the release of funds.

MLCs belonging to different political ideologies debated on the need to expedite the completion of the institutions.

While the Minister said it would take over 20 years to complete the institutions at the current rate, BJP MLC P.V.N. Madhav said the State government was to blame for the delay in the sanction of funds. Mr. Madhav said the Centre could not release funds because the State government took its own time in handing over land for the institutions.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao refuted the charges and said that Mr. Madhav might have not been familiar with the concept of “advance possession,” in which land was considered to be handed over.

‘An insult to State’

The Minister explained that five institutions for which admissions had been made were functioning from temporary or rented accommodation. Students of IIIT, Kurnool, were attending classes at Kanchivaram IIIT even after three years. He wondered what greater insult could there be to the State if one of its institutions was being run in a neighbouring State.

The private engineering college housing the NIT in Tadepalligudem was saying that it was ready to accommodate the institution only for two years and that the buildings should be vacated.

Another development was that seats were left vacant in these institutions because they did not have proper infrastructure, the Minister said. Seats were left vacant in Tirupati IIT and IISER, Kurnool IIIT, and Tadepalligudem NIT. The only institution in which all seats were filled was Visakhapatnam IIM, which was currently running from AU campus.

The seats in this institute got filled mainly because of Visakhapatnam city, the Minister explained.

MLC V. Balasubramanyam said unless these institutions were developed quickly, AP would never develop. MLC Bachchula Arjunudu said it was unfortunate the Centre was using lame excuses to delay release of funds.

The Minister, referring to Mr. Madhav’s suggestion that disturbances in Parliament would further delay release of funds for the Tribal and Agriculture universities, said if the Centre wanted to pass a Bill it could do so despite the disturbances.

Some Bills that it wanted were passed even on Wednesday, he pointed out.

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