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Minority colleges disaffiliation stirs up a row

Minority colleges disaffiliation stirs up a row
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The disaffiliation of 29 minority colleges by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, (JNTU-H) has spun uncertainty on the future of 30,000 students, 6,000 employees and college authorities who have invested nearly 500 crore in these colleges. The bias in the fact-finding report of the JNTU-H led to the exclusion of 174 colleges in the State.

The disaffiliation of 29 minority colleges by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, (JNTU-H) has spun uncertainty on the future of 30,000 students, 6,000 employees and college authorities who have invested nearly 500 crore in these colleges. The bias in the fact-finding report of the JNTU-H led to the exclusion of 174 colleges in the State.

The colleges approached the Supreme Court, which permitted counselling and directed to inspect these colleges through a team of NIT, IIT and BITS members which submitted its report in December 2014. However JNTU-H, concealing the December report, acted taking into consideration a July 2014 report, spinning further trouble for these colleges.

Spokespersons of minority institutions exclaimed that while Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is generously promising on empowering and educating the minorities, the CM’s stance on the disaffiliation issue hinted of a discriminatory element in the government’s functioning, and bias towards minority colleges in the State.

It is also possible that the disaffiliation of these colleges is a calculated move to reduce the burden of fee reimbursements by the State government, perhaps to axe the minority engineering colleges across the State. Political leaders, too, spoke at Legislative Assembly, including Ajay Kumar (INC), Jeevan Reddy (INC), Kishan Reddy and Dr Lakshman (BJP) and Akbaruddin Owaisi (MIM). The issue was also raised in the Telangana Legislative Council by Mohammed Ali Shabbir (INC) and Amin Jafri and Altaf Razvi (MIM) and they walked out protesting the discrimination.

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