Proposal for varsity in Srikakulam in pipeline

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Government to complete the process expeditiously

Minister visits Sun temple at Arasavilli

‘Government stand on Eamcet clear’

Srikakulam: Minister for Higher Education D. Srinivas, on Tuesday, stated that the announcement by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on any issue is as good as a Government Order and nobody should entertain doubts about establishing a university in Srikakulam. The process was on and in all likelihood the next academic session would begin soon, the Minister added.

The Minister who had the darsan of Sri Suryanarayana Swamy in Arasavilli earlier, told media persons that the only thing left was how to complete the whole process expeditiously. Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, at a public meeting here on January 2, announced sanction of a university to Srikakulam. It was in response to the appeal made by Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, who represents Srikakulam Assembly constituency.

However, some CPI (M) leaders, including MLC, Sarma expressed doubts over the announcement, recalling that similar announcements had been made in the past and nothing came out of those announcements.

They wanted a Cabinet decision regarding this issue and announcement of the same before Budget session. Mr. Srinivas pointed out that during the Congress regime six universities, including one horticultural university and one veterinary university had been set up in the State and the Government would go ahead with the proposal to set up one more university in Srikakulam.

Answering a question, he said that the Government was clear on the issue of EAMCET which would continue. Only weightage would be given to marks obtained at intermediate-level Municipal chairperson M.V. Padmavathi, MLC Gorle Haribabu Naidu and others were present.