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HYDERABAD: An upper primary teacher doubles up as an instructor for Zoology and Botany subjects for intermediate and one Maths teacher tutor takes 12 different classes in a day! What’s more, schools operate like headless chickens without principals to monitor its activities. With myriad inadequacies, the 326 Model Schools in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are anything but an exemplifying model in imparting quality education.

Started at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year by the then chief minister of the undivided AP, N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the common problem across all schools in both the states is failure to recruit adequate number of teachers. This failure is at the cost of education of around 90,000 students inducted into various classes in these schools.

Of the proposed 355 schools for undivided AP, only 326 schools have been started. It was proposed that Classes VI to Intermediate second year will operate from its first year of functioning. However, due to teething problems, Classes IX, X and intermediate second year classes remained a non-starter in the last academic year.

The notification issued in 2012 had notified 2,130 Trained Graduate Teachers( TGTs) posts to teach students from classes VI to IX. However, according to the data available from the Rashtriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyan(RMSA) that oversees the model schools, only 780 TGTs are presently working of which 433 have been recruited in Telangana and 347 TGTs operate in Andhra Pradesh.

Consequently, the already inadequate Post Graduate Teachers(PGTs) meant for handling tenth and intermediate classes have to bear the brunt of managing lower classes VI to VIII additionally. Of the notified 4615 PGT posts, a total of 2,182 posts remain unfilled till date.

As there is no Maths TGT at his school in Venkatapur mandal (Warangal), G Kumar Yadav, a Physics PGT claims that he also teaches Maths for Classes VI to VIII. “The authorities insist for good results from intermediate students, but how can we concentrate on intermediate if this is the situation of the lower classes? In the 29 schools that have been started in the district, we still require at least 100 TGTs”, he points out.

Besides, he informs that only 19 schools in the district have principals, while the rest are being headed by senior PGTs with an additional charge known as Fully Additional Charge( FACs).

When the notification was issued for PGTs in 2012, the authorities had barred Telugu medium students from taking the exam. The issue snowballed into a court case resulting in only some of the notified PGTs vacancies getting filled up. Today, as things stand out, there are neither the required number of TGTs nor good number of PGTs.

“One can understand that there is a case against recruitment of PGTs, but what about recruiting TGTs? Because, in our school only one PGT Maths teacher teaches 12 classes in a day”, says Civics PGT K Babu of a Model School in Manchal mandal in Rangareddy district.

More worrisome is the fact that some schools do not even have at least one per subject, either PGT or TGT. “We do not have an English PGT here. At least, we require five TGTs in our school”, says T Naresh Kumar, of Kothakota Model in Mahabubnagar, adding that his school does not have a regular principal.

Meanwhile, there is no dearth of students wanting to join Model Schools, points out Dasharadh Yadav of Navipet mandal Model School in Nizamabad district. “Despite these lacunae, this year too there is huge demand. For instance, for 80 seats in Class six we had 500 applications in our mandal”, he adds.

When asked about the issue, officials in the School Education department have refused to comment. However, a senior official admits that there is a severe shortage of teaching staff.
 

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HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao will review the students fee reimbursement programme with ministers and other public representatives on Monday.

The review meeting is being convened in the wake of students of successor state of AP studying in Telangana. Some Telangana students too are studying in AP state. How to reimburse the fee of these students and also the overall scrutiny of fee reimbursement scheme will figure in the review meeting.

Both AP and Telangana State governments have to evolve a mechanism on how to reimburse the fee for their students studying in other successor state.

According to information, around 39,000 Andhra Pradesh students are studying in Telangana. The AP government has to reimburse the fee for them.

Around 1,800 Telangana students are studying in Andhra Pradesh. Telangana government will reimburse their fee.

Most of the AP students studying in Telangana are pursuing professional courses, while Telangana students are studying Intermediate and degree courses in AP.

Of the 39,000 students of AP studying in Telangana, the AP government has to reimburse `126 crore for 2014-15 academic year.

The Telangana government has to reimburse around `34 crore for 2014-15 for its students studying in AP.

Meanwhile, the new State governments in both AP and Telangana have to clear the fee reimbursement dues of the last quarter of 2013-14 academic year.

The Telangana government has to clear `1,360 crore and the AP government `1,376 crore.
 

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HYDERABAD: The Telangana government Monday decided to continue fee reimbursement scheme for students for the academic year 2014-15.

The decision was taken at an all-party meeting Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao held here to discuss the issue.

The meeting also unanimously decided to pay the arrears towards the reimbursement of tuition fee of students pursuing various courses including professional courses.

An official release said the government will reimburse fee of students from Telangana only. The payment will be made after scrutiny of the birth certificates.

For the students from Andhra Pradesh who are studying in Hyderabad or other parts of Telangana, the government of Andhra Pradesh will pay the fee.

Education Minister Jagdishwar Reddy told reporters that the Telangana government will reimburse fee of the students from Telangana studying in Andhra Pradesh.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Ministers Mohammed Mehmood Ali and T. Rajaiah and leaders of Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and YSR Congress Party.

It was in 2008 that then Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy government in united Andhra Pradesh had started the scheme for reimbursing fee of the school and college students belonging to weaker sections of the society.

The annual burden on state exchequer in the undivided state was over Rs.5,000 crore.

It was immediately not clear what will be the annual expenditure in Telangana to continue the scheme.
 

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Hyderabad: The TRS government is thinking of revisiting the definition of “local candidate” in education, to ensure that genuine Telangana students don’t lose out on the fee reimbursement scheme in the state.

There are lakhs of students of Andhra Pradesh origin whose parents have settled in Hyderabad, and who satisfy the criteria as local candidates. It is learnt that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao wants to make sure Telangana students benefit from the fee reimbursement scheme and that they don’t lose to competition from Andhra Pradesh students, for which the ‘local candidate’ definition will have to be changed.

The BJP, however, says that it is not right to seek a change in the provisions of the Reorganisation Act after having agreed to its clauses. The Telangana government had stated on Monday that it will reimburse fees of only Telangana students. With many AP students settled in Hyderabad, students from Telangana may lose out in the competition for a place in the elite colleges in Hyderabad. Moreover, the Telangana government does not want to pay the fees of Andhra students falling under the Telangana local quota.

According to the Presidential Order, a candidate will be deemed local if he or she has studied in Telangana consecutively for four years till the qualifying examination, i.e. the Eamcet or Intermediate second year in this case. It is easy for many students hailing from Andhra to fulfil this criterion.
BJP Legislature Party leader Dr K. Laxman said that the government can’t renege after agreeing to the 10 years common education system clause in the Reorganisation Bill.

“The local definition is defined in the Presidential Order and the GO issued by the government. Many students will lose out if new criteria for nativity are decided,” he said.
Dr Laxman further explained, “They can’t change the local candidate definition just like that. Article 371D is also there and it requires a Constitutional amendment. Even then, when you have agreed to 10- year common education system, you can’t go back.”
 

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HYDERABAD: Even as the new governments in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are engaged in a game of one-upmanship to set up more universities, several state varsities established over the past seven years are reeling under lack of funds and poor infrastructure facilities.

In a recent announcement, the AP government announced its intention to set up 11 new universities in the state which is reeling under a shortage of educational institutions post bifurcation. The Telangana government is also expected to set up three universities.

This, despite nine new universities set up by the former government across the two states lacking proper buildings, laboratories or libraries. The institutions, set up mainly during the tenure of YS Rajasekhara Reddy, were allotted funds ranging between Rs 10 crore and Rs 30 crore for development, which is inadequate, educationists said.

Of the nine, seven universities, including Palamuru University in Mahbubnagar, Adikavi Nannaya University in Rajahmundry and Vikram Simhapuri University in Nellore, do not have the required staff-student ratio of 1:14. Also, they have only six to 15 departments mandated by the UGC. "Some of the universities do not have full-fledged campuses and are functioning from single-storeyed buildings," said Prof G Anantha Murthy from Osmania University. Even now, the Telangana University lacks proper faculty and is facing allegations of corruption in the recruitment of administrative staff.

Trouble is not confined only to the new varsities. Even the Osmania University has been suffering from fund crunch for the past three years. Since 2012, the varsity has been facing a budget deficit of nearly Rs 11.2 crore, which has stalled the maintenance on campus.

Other institutions in similar situations include the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), thanks to the authorities slashing its budget by nearly half from Rs 600 crore to Rs 350 crore for the academic year of 2013-14.

"After division, the two state governments should concentrate on developing the existing institutions. That's a more sustainable development plan than setting up more institutions as sops to appease people," said Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu, a city-based activist.
 

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Hyderabad: Telangana chief secretary Rajiv Sharma said the proposal to change the definition of a “local candidate” is still under consideration but, it will not affect the admission process in any way.

He also said that the fee reimbursement scheme is not linked to the admission process, and that admission is an academic issue while fees reimbursement is a social welfare scheme. He added that the local candidate definition will only be applicable to the fee reimbursement scheme.

“Nobody is denying AP students the right to study in any Telangana institution. The only difference is that now the T state has decided to reimburse the fees of only Telangana students. The criteria deciding who will get the benefit will be decided later,” said Mr Sharma.

He added, “According to the the AP Reorganisation Act, a student from AP or Telangana can take admission in either state based on allocation of unreserved seats. Admission process remains the same. It is only the issue of fee reimbursement.”
 

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World-class JNTUH college getting ready

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JNTU Campus Building at Sultanpur in Medak. PHOTO: MOHD ARIF



Surrounded by lush green fields, the campus of JNTUH College of Engineering, Sultanpur, a branch of JNTU Hyderabad, is fast getting ready.

The sprawling campus, spread over 154 acres, adjacent to Nanded-Akola road in Pulkal mandal, came up with a proposed budget of Rs. 300 crore. Established at Tara Degree College in Sangareddy in the year 2012, the first year activities commenced from that premises but second year onwards, the new campus was operational.

In the first phase, in addition to acquiring land and paying compensation, 10 academic buildings, boys’ and girls’ hostels, principal’s quarter and canteen will come up at an estimated cost of Rs. 84 crore and it is expected to get completed by June 2015.

A separate pipe line is being laid from Singoor project to meet the future requirements of the campus, for which the college has paid Rs. 7 crore for the concerned department.

A swimming pool is also planned in the campus and the compound wall of the campus is expected to be about 3.5 km in length. A 20-feet wide road will be laid along the side of the compound wall that can be used by the villagers.

Currently, the college has a strength of 480 students that is expected to reach 720 by the end of August once admissions are completed.

The college has been offering B. Tech -Mechanical Engineering (material science and nano- technology), B. Tech- Civil Engineering (Environment Engineering), B. Tech ECE and CSE. The college is expected to accommodate five per cent of its seats for foreign students from the next academic year.

“Material science and nano technology courses with mechanical engineering, and civil engineering with environmental engineering was introduced for the first time in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This gives a better understanding of new materials and green building technology for students,” said college principal M. Manjoor Hussain.

Once complete construction work is done, the college is expected to accommodate 1,200 students. The ongoing construction of the boys’ hostel will provide accommodation for 1,000 members followed by a girls’ hostel with a capacity of 800 students.

of the boys’ hostel will be ready in a couple of months, which can accommodate 200 students.

Similarly, the girls’ hostel will be ready by the end of December.
 

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Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Thursday sought to know the stand of the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on a plea challenging a government order issued to change the SSC examination pattern.

Justice Nooty Ramamohana Rao was dealing with two writ petitions by parents of students of SSC, challenging Para 2(h) of a GO issued on May 17, 2014, by the school education department, changing the examination pattern from the academic year 2014-15.

A. Satya Prasad, senior counsel appearing for the petitioners submitted that the GO stipulates that the children must be trained to think critically and construct the answers on their own. He contended that imposing such reforms suddenly on the students studying in Class X will have serious impact on the children.

The judge directed both governments to respond within six weeks.
 

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‘Nativity’ not to figure in engg admission process

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The Telangana government is taking careful measures to ensure that the word ‘nativity’ doesn’t figure anywhere in the engineering admission process to avoid legal hassles.

The Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, wants the nativity of the students be decided on the birth place of their parents and a cut-off date of 1956 was floated. But officials feel there is every possibility of it being challenged in the courts citing the existing norms and also the guarantees given under the A.P. State Reorganisation Bill.

The draft is being prepared carefully in tune with the government’s thought process of extending the fee reimbursement scheme “only to Telangana students and not to those hailing from Andhra Pradesh”. Moreover, the same yardstick could be applied for future recruitments to ensure that only Telangana students benefit in admissions and employment.

Mr. Chadrasekhar Rao, who held a meeting with the officials here on Friday asked them to expedite the process, seek legal opinion and incorporate their views. A senior official said that it might take a week for the guidelines to be framed for engineering counselling process.

The government is likely to file an appeal in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking extension of the deadline for engineering admissions to October from July 31.
 

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Hyderabad: Fresh controversy has erupted at the English and Foreign Languages University over admissions of four students, who had been selected for the Department of Social Exclusion Studies for PhD, being deferred owing to reasons like shortage of faculty.

The administration states that the head of the department is currently teaching at the University of Hyderabad as well. Students, however, blame the Vice-Chancellor for finding excuses to prevent them from being admitted since the students selected for the Social Exclusion Studies department can cause problems owing to their strong ideologies and opinions.

As per the University ordinance, a professor can supervise eight PhD students and five MPhil students. A student can choose his or her guide from the same department, from any other department in the same school or from any other department from other schools within the university.

“The School for Interdisciplinary Studies called for applications for the department. Four seats have been allocated. The notification was issued in December 2013 and exams were held in February 2014. Over 50 people wrote the exam, 30 got selected, 26 attended the interview and four had to be shortlisted. The results announced in May 2014, had the names of the selected candidates from all the departments of all schools, except for the Department of Social Exclusion Studies.

The names of the selected candidates were missing,” an aspiring student said. He added, “Moreover, the results were announced on Facebook and not on the official website of the University. A social networking website can definitely be a media for disbursing information, but not when it is about notifications or results.”

Another agitated aspirant said, “As per another regulation for central universities, the VC does not have discretionary powers to scrap admissions. The students in this department are studying and working on the annihilation of caste and more, and this department will change the way India looks at caste or marginalised communities.”

The Department of Social Exclusion Studies was started at the University six years ago and deals with subjects like gender, caste, neglected and marginalised communities and SCs/STs, among others.

Dr U.J. Suresh, controller of examinations, said, “We didn’t want to admit them without a proper idea about how they would be assigned to a guide. And moreover, the head of the department was on leave.”
 

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Khammam: Efforts are on in a big way to bring two prestigious educational institutions to the district, cashing in on the facilities available in the new state of Telangana. As part of the AP Reorganisation Act-2014, the Centre assured setting up of a horticulture university in Telangana state.

It also announced it in the Budget and allocated Rs 200 crore to that end. As a result, district officials, particularly the agricultural college of Aswaraopet, prepared a blueprint on it.

There are plenty of groves in Aswaraopet, Dammapet and Sattupalli mandals and the atmosphere too is favourable for raising horticulture crops. The local farmers grow coconut, mango, cashew, palm and coco in these mandals.

The agricultural college in Aswaraopet has all the facilities to set up a horticulture university. Various researches on horticultural crops are conducted on the sprawling 500 acre college grounds.

Further, other institutes, including Coconut Seed Garden, Horticulture Research Centre, Forest Department Sapling Centre and some 50 private horticulture nurseries are located in Aswaraopet and Dammapet.

Officials of the horticulture commissionerate have asked the district officials to come with a blueprint on setting up of a horticulture university to Hyderabad on July 26. The TRS government too has come forward to fulfil its poll promise of setting up of a medical college with cooperation of Singareni Collieries Company Limited.

It has already completed a survey on it and there is a plan to link the SCCL 250-bed hospital with the proposed medical college. With this there is every possibility to upgrade the present hospital as a super-speciality one.
 

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Hyderabad: Even after nearly 1 lakh seats in Telangana being eliminated from Eamcet counselling after 174 engineering colleges were disapproved, about 30,000 seats will still remain vacant in the TS engineering colleges. Education officials said that only about 55,000 students have exercised their options by the end of counselling on Monday. Allotment orders will be issued on August 30.

Dr K. Raghunath, chief camp officer, Eamcet, said, “Consolidated numbers haven’t come yet, but about 55,000 students have registered and exercised options.” There were 85,455 seats in engineering colleges after 174 colleges were removed from the counselling. Meanwhile, the JNTUH has not sent the list of colleges satisfying the faculty norms, as directed by the High Court on Monday. Sources said that the university is thinking of challenging the single judge order in a division bench of the High Court.
 

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Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday said that the government would revise the syllabus for school students from next year to incorporate the life stories of prominent people of Telangana besides highlighting the language, culture and history of the region.

He said that the life and writings of noted Telangana literary great Kaloji Narayana Rao would also be included in the school syllabus. He added that the government would celebrate the birth anniversary of Kaloji as a state function on September 9 from this year and directed officials to hold special programmes in all districts and schools to celebrate the occasion.

He accused the previous governments of neglecting Telangana’s rich history, prominent people and places of the region and said that it was the responsibility of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government to pass on this to future generations. The government has also decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Kaloji.

  • Syllabus for school students from next year will include the life stories of prominent people of Telangana
  • K Chandrasekhar Rao felt that the previous government had been neglecting Telangana’s rich history.
 

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Hyderabad: The Telangana state government on Thursday formed two committees to review the school curriculum for Telugu and Social Sciences subjects to reflect the culture, history and language of the state. The committee will submit reports suggesting changes.

National, state and field-level-experts have been involved to recommend the changes. The 16-member Telugu committee will include people like Delhi University linguist Prof. Ramakant Agnihotri, Desapathi Srinivas, Nandini Sidha Reddy and Chukka Ramaiah among others.

The 12-member Social Sciences committee will include Prof. Kodandaram, NCERT member, Prof. M.V. Srinivasan and others. A committee of members from the State Council of Education Research and Training will provide the overall guidance to both the committees.

Literary groups and intellectuals from Telangana have said that the history and literature of the state was ignored in undivided AP. Prof. S. Jagannath Reddy, SCERT director, said Telugu language subjects will reflect TS dialect that is not followed currently.

Prof S Jagannath Reddy, Director, SCERT, had said that the Telugu language subjects will also reflect in the dialect used in Telanganaand not that is being currently being followed.
 
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