Education has been one of the top priority sectors of the Telangana government under the leadership of CM KCR. The state government laid a special emphasis on strengthening the education system from KG to PG level. Major steps such as a whopping increase in residential educational institutions, the establishment of medical colleges in every district and the revamping of government schools through the Mana Ooru Mana Badi program have changed the face of the education sector in Telangana.
1000 Gurukul Vidyalayas
Telangana has the highest number of Gurukul Vidyalayas in the country run under the aegis of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS). 5,99,537 students are being educated at international standards in around 1000 Gurukul schools, junior colleges and degree colleges across the state. The government is spending Rs. 1.25 lakhs per annum on each student. Every year, TSWREIS students secure top ranks in various competitive exams and enter premier institutions like IITs, NITs, and AIIMS.
Revamp of state-run schools
To impart quality education to students and to give a major facelift to government schools, the KCR government has introduced ‘Mana Ooru Mana Badi’/’Mana Basthi Mana Badi’ program. This initiative aims to revamp the existing facilities and strengthen the infrastructure in the state-run schools. 26,065 schools in the state are being comprehensively developed in three phases spread with an outlay of Rs.7289.54 crores. Works such as toilets with running water facility, electrification, drinking water supply, furniture for students and staff, painting of the school, compound walls, kitchen sheds, dining halls, digital classrooms, etc., have been taken up.
A government medical college in every district
To make medical education accessible, the state government has decided to establish a government medical college in each of the 33 districts in the state. From just 5 govt medical colleges before 2014 to 26 colleges in 2023, the Telangana government has scripted a new chapter in medical education. With these new colleges, Telangana is the top state in per capita availability of medical seats in the country.
In addition, the state government has taken measures such as building new junior colleges and degree colleges, extending financial assistance through various scholarships and promoting digital education through T-SAT Vidya and Nipuna channels for the strengthening of education in Telangana. The very fact that in 2022 alone, around one lakh students leaving private schools for government schools is a testament to the standards of the government educational institutions in Telangana.