Government’s proposal to end private college grants gets mixed reactions

Staff and management at various private colleges in the district that receive state government grants share mixed views about the government’s proposed reduction in aid.

The state government, through a GO dated April 6, proposed the withdrawal of grants to private colleges and also suggested the voluntary resumption of colleges wishing to be resumed. An eight-member committee was also formed to study various aspects such as the law, feasibility, the faculty-student ratio in these private colleges, student enrollment and also the impact assessment if the government were to withdraw. ugly. The report is due shortly.

But in the meantime, staff and management at some of the private colleges that were assisted have expressed concern and said that cutting aid or moving the assisted teachers and non-teaching staff to public colleges would not do the trick. well to colleges, which have stood as an intermediate option between government colleges and private or fully private colleges, for decades.

Prior to 1976, private college teachers were at the mercy of college management. But after the introduction of UGC scales in 1976 and the Andhra Pradesh Private Educational Institution Grants Act 1988, things changed and bright and competent teachers were drawn to the education sector. superior. But the joy was shortlived as the AP government in 2004 issued GO Ms 35 banning the filling of assisted vacancies at all colleges. And since then it has been suspended like a sword of Damocles from management and staff, said Suguna Kannan, academic consultant and former director of PG studies at St. Joseph’s College for Women.

“No assisted private college can pay the UGC scales without the aid component. But you have to keep in mind that the assisted teachers brought reputation to the colleges, because we could afford to get the best minds, with the help. Now, if they are transferred from here to other public colleges, the credibility of having good teachers will diminish, ”said the correspondent of a well-known subsidized private college.

The government should respond to a call based on the strength and reputation of colleges, he added.

Although the government proposed a takeover, many well-known colleges in the district, such as Ms. AVN’s 160-year-old college and Dr. Lankapalli Bullayya college, have said a strong ‘no’ and expressed their willingness to continue on their own. .

“The government can take back the assisted personnel and we have informed the few assisted personnel that we have and they have accepted. But we said no to the recovery. This is a challenge, because on the one hand we have to keep employing good teachers at higher levels and on the other hand we cannot increase the fee structure exorbitantly like other private colleges or d ‘business, because ours is run by a corporation and we intend to do it service, not for profit, ”said secretary and correspondent of Dr Lankapalli Bullayya College G. Madhu Kumar.

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