The Telangana State government is preparing a new comprehensive State Higher Education Plan (SHEP) to present sector genuine picture in the state and for the building and infrastructure development they are seeking for the funds from centre.
As the state is running against time as the SHEP, around Rs 1,300 crore is to be received by the state until the end of the current Five Year Plan.
A senior education department official said “If you see the Budget, a huge chunk of it goes towards the salaries of the employees and a very small part of it actually goes towards improving infrastructure and capacity building. We want to change that.”
In February first week, the SHEP will be prepared in time for the Higher Education Project Approval Board meeting scheduled says official. Though it is supposed to be the nodal agency for the state, the TSCHE seems to be missing from action. Even TS Govt looks to limit the number of colleges affiliated to each university in the state.
There are about 500 colleges affiliated by JNTU-H out of that 300 are engineering colleges. The official said “The optimum number of affiliated colleges under each university is about hundred.”
AP Govt is also entitled to receive around Rs 1,700 crore from the NDA government for higher education. P. Vijayprakash, vice-chairman of APSCHE said “They have asked for the data in specific formats. So we are preparing that.”