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It seems like the Government of Telangana is in favour of setting up more higher education institutes with an aim to provide a wide range of educational opportunities to students. As a part of its objective, the state government of Telangana is inviting applications from various organizations/ associations or trusts for setting up private universities. The state government has also issued the guidelines paving the way for setting up private universities in the state.
Many private educational institutions with corporate companies are queuing slowly for making applications for setting up private universities in Telangana State. Srinidhi Education Society and Radcliffe Education Private Limited are the latest interest takers in the list. These two institutions have not only submitted the application but has also submitted the fees for the same. The Government committee which is taking care of the establishment of private universities has also held a preliminary meeting with these two institutions. However, campus inspection is due.
The Radcliffe Education Pvt. Ltd. has promised to give free education to 100 girl students in the proposed Radcliffe University from the state belonging from the underprivileged sections. It has also proposed its ‘Train the Trainer’ initiative under which the university will provide skill training to unemployed youth and the farmers of the state for free. The educational institution has informed that it will run with faculty of engineering and technology, school of law, school of agriculture and crop management, faculty of applied sciences, faculty of liberal arts, school of skill studies & vocational programme, commerce and management studies in the first phase of 5 years.
The second phase planning of the Radcliffe University includes the introduction of the school of architecture and design, school fashion design, school of mass communication etc. It has also said that the second phase will mark the start of M.Tech courses and MA courses in liberal arts.
In the third phase, the university has said that it will introduce research-based studies of Ph.D and M.Phill courses. The university will also seek UGC Approval for setting up a centre for distance education.
Apart from Radcliffe, Tech Mahindra and Pinakini Group were the first among the institutions who came forward with the application to set up a Technical University and a Fine Arts University in the state respectively.
The government officials are expecting a total of 15 to 20 applications by private educational institutes for establishing universities in the state. They have informed that Malla Reddy group of educational institutions, Guru Nanak Institutions, SR College Warangal and St Mary’s Engineering College have expressed their interests for setting up campuses in Telangana.
On August 20, 2019, the Telangana government issued an order stating that interested bodies can download the application form seeking approval for the establishment of private universities from the official website of Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE).
Organizations/ bodies, which are interested in setting up private universities in Telangana must fill the application form, prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) and submit the same to the Secretary of Higher Education Department (Telangana). The approval will be given only after the thorough scrutiny of the application form and DPR.
As per the official guidelines issued by TSCHE, trusts/ societies/ organizations interested in setting up private universities in Telangana should have at least 20 acres of land within the HMDA (Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority) limits. If the organizations have land outside the HMDA, then the minimum limit is 30 acres. All other details regarding the administrative and academic building of the universities should be mentioned in DPR.
TSCHE has formed a committee to scrutinize the applications submitted by the interested societies/ organizations for setting up the private universities. Eminent academicians from universities and education department are the members of the committee.
At present, there are seven state universities in Telangana, and the number of private universities in the state is quite less. With the latest approval, the number of private higher learning institutes in Telangana is expected to increase.
With the establishment of new private universities in Telangana, students can expect a wide range of new-age courses in different fields such as science, engineering, technology, arts and humanities, management, hotel management etc. On the other hand, there will be more options for students in terms of selecting the right institute for higher studies.
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