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HYDERABAD: The 94-year-old Koti Women’s College will be upgraded into Telangana Women’s University, declared deputy chief minister and education minister Kadiyam Srihari during a surprise visit to the college on Thursday.

In a press release issued by the minister’s office, the college will be upgraded from the ensuing academic year after seeking approval from Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The minister has sought a report from the higher education department officials on the facilities required to upgrade the college into a university within a month.

During the visit, the minister also spoke to students and enquired about the quality of education at the college. He inspected various facilities such as the library, building, classrooms etc. of the college which is spread over 40 acres of land.

The minister expressed his concerns over the absence of a women’s university in Telangana. “The proposal to set up a women’s university was recently floated in a meeting with union minister of human resource development Prakash Javdekar. We are hopeful that the central government will help us in doing so,” said Srihari.

“The undivided state of Andhra Pradesh had Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam as the women’s university. Post bifurcation, the same went to AP and Telangana has no women’s university. Therefore, Koti Women’s College has the potential to be upgraded as the women’s university for Telangana,” said Srihari, adding that according to the State Reorganization Act, the Centre has to grant a women's university for Telangana.

At present, 42 undergraduate and post-graduate courses are offered at Koti Women’s College. The minister said that research work can also be taken up once the college is converted into a university.
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