Telangana government is planning to set up a university only for the Dalit students, who are aiming to pursue their post-graduation studies in the state from next academic year. The proposal to establish an exclusive university for Dalit students in Hyderabad is under construction.
According to the reports the university will be a part of government's policy under which the government aims to provide free education to the weaker section of the society from kindergarten to post-graduation.
The project was suggested by the government arm, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS). The society runs 268 residential institutions for the Dalit students from class 5 to UG level.
TSWREIS secretary Dr R S Praveen Kumar told Hindustan Times, "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".
Praveen said that the main aim of the institution is to provide comprehensive education so that they can come out as informed 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," he said.