Telangana government has come with a new education scheme to support the dalit students of the area, an exclusive dalit varsity from the next academic year onwards.
A complete dalit students university is under the consideration of the Telangana government, government official sources said. The university is said to be part of the government’s policy of providing education free of cost to students from weaker sections from kindergarten to post-graduation (KG to PG) level, reports Hindustan Times.
The proposal raised by a government arm - Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) which runs nearly 268 residential institutions for Dalit students from Class V to under-graduate level, besides the recently sanctioned 39 non-residential play schools with pre-primary education.
“We discussed the proposal for establishing an exclusive university for Dalit students with chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao recently and he has appreciated the idea. The modalities are being worked out and if everything goes as per the plan, we are likely to start the university by 2018-19 academic year,” TSWREIS secretary Dr R S Praveen Kumar told Hindustan Times.
Once established in 2018, this would be the first of its kind universities for the dalits though there are exclusive colleges for women and students belonging to religious minority communities.
According to the authorities, the objective of such an university is to provide dalit students a comprehensive education, so that they would come out as complete and knowledgeable citizens. “Till a couple of years ago, we had been providing education to our students from primary school up to Intermediate. Later, we started degree colleges with under-graduate courses. At present, we have 30 degree colleges with over 3,500 students. In the next step, we want to groom them as post-graduates by establishing our own university. Thus, we want to empower our students with higher education so that they face any challenges in the world and compete with any other social groups,” said the TSWREIS secretary.
Once the Dalit university comes into existence, all degree colleges which are now affiliated to other universities, would come under it.
The Dalit students of social welfare institutions have already been excelling in academics for the last few years. This year, a record number of 55 SC students got admission into MBBS and 15 others got into the BDS course by securing good ranks in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)-2017.