Varsities should focus on standards, research: Dy CM

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari today exhorted the Vice Chancellors and registrars to shoulder the responsibility to improve educational standards and get back past glory by curbing drugs and ragging and related problems in universities and hostels.
Stating that contract lecturers services will be regularized and their salaries would be increased on receiving a report, he said that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has allocated Rs 420 crore for strengthening the facilities and infrastructure. Addressing a meeting to formulate an action plan for the varsities, he asked the authorities to spend funds in the proper manner in the varsities and fill up 1061 posts in the first phase besides setting up CC cameras in these localities and in the key locations of the campus to check the problems.
Srihari while expressing concern on the drugs peddling and students becoming victims, suggested to take necessary steps by setting up of CC cameras, bio-metric system for attendance and tie up with noted foreign universities to improve the quality of education. Stating that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is giving adequate funds and seeking to improve the standards in the education by filling up vacant posts, he asked the vice chancellors and registrars to take steps for filling up 1550 posts. As the chief minister has already given nod, the varsities can fill up posts as per norms, he said adding that a decision on contract lecturers will be taken soon. A decision with regard to regularisation of their posts and increasing their salaries will be taken on receiving a report, he said. Stating that a decision on the appeal of non-boarders for seeking time up till July 23 for writing exams after a meeting, he said that accommodation be provided to new students in the hostels. He expressed happiness that the varsities are able to see the increasing strength of SC and ST students.
Srihari asked the vice chancellors to focus on Ph D admissions without any politics or influence and other research courses for innovative ideas and to get accolades from foreign universities. Osmania other varsities played a key role in the statehood movement and should now focus on research and better educational courses that fetch jobs to the students, Srihari suggested.(NSS)