Govt allows 5 pvt varsities in state

Govt allows 5 pvt varsities in state

In a first for the state, Telangana government on Wednesday issued an order permitting establishment of five private universities.

The state has amended the Telangana State Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Act, 2018, and issued an ordinance ‘Telangana State Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) (Amendment) Ordinance’ to include Mahindra University, Mallareddy University and Anurag University, the three in Medchal-Malkajgiri district, Woxsen University, Sangareddy, and SR University, Warangal, as private universities. An ordinance was said to be issued since the State Assembly was not in session.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan signed the order and it came into force with immediate effect. As per the government order (GO) 16 issued by the law department, the Telangana State Private Universities, 2020, would be published in the Telangana Gazette in English, Telugu, and Urdu languages as Telangana Ordinance No.1 of 2020. This ordinance paved the way for creating separate Acts for each private university that would be established in the state.

The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE), which has called in applications for the establishment of private universities in the state, received about 12 applications from institutes such as Radcliffe University, Amity University, to set up their shops in the state and existing colleges to convert their institutions into private varsities.

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After thorough scrutiny by an expert committee and upon satisfying the norms, nine private institutions were given letters of intent by the state government. Of these nine institutes, an order was passed for the establishment of five private universities.

According to the officials of TSCHE, these private universities would not begin academic session from 2020-21 as they need time to set up the infrastructure and other facilities. More private universities will likely be permitted if they meet the necessary requirements.

The private universities are divided into two categories—greenfield (new ones) and brownfield (existing institutions). Greenfield universities would have full autonomy to decide fee, curriculum, and other aspects, while brownfield ones must follow existing norms.

The private universities are divided into two categories—greenfield (new ones that will have full autonomy) and brownfield (existing institutions that will have to follow existing norms).

Courtesy: TOI

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