After 7 years, the tribal university is still a dream

Mulugu: Alas, instead of becoming a springboard for a better life for the Adivasis, the proposed tribal university has become more of a problem for political parties to dig into each other rather than making it a dream for ethnological groups, which never enjoyed their piece of the pie. It is evident that another academic year is about to pass as there is no movement to start the operation of the tribal university, even from the makeshift building.

It has been seven years since the promise to establish a tribal university in Telangana was made in the 2014 Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act. With the exception of the allocation of Rs 10 crore in the 2017-18 budget, the tribal university remains a non-starter.

The state government had its cup of misfortune by acquiring 500 acres for the university. Although he claims enough land in his possession near the Gattamma temple, adjacent to the NH-163, it is said that the administration has not yet completed the land acquisition process. In this context, the state government offered to sell its youth training center (YTC) to manage the university before it becomes a full-fledged establishment. The YTC has enough space to house the administrative office and also to organize courses.

A central team led by the Secretary of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, R Subrahmanyam, inspected the proposed site for the university in December 2018, believing that YTC was ideal for starting the university’s operations in from the 2019-2020 academic year. However, the movement has never been advanced. Then it was also said that the government had handed over responsibility for tribal university affairs, such as admissions and courses, to the Central University of Hyderabad (HCU).

But admissions from the tribal college have never been included in the HCU’s admission notifications in the past three academic years. Tribal students who were waiting for admissions in undergraduate courses – BCA, BA (hotel management) and BBA (logistics), postgraduate courses – MCA, Master in Tribal Culture (Folklore) and MBA (Marketing-Packaging) with a initial intake of 30 places in each course, are very disappointed.

Senior Tribal Welfare officials said that although they have sent in proposals to make changes to the YTC to manage classes, they have received no response.

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