Despite several appeals by the Telangana state government, the BJP led NDA government has denied the state of Institutes of Higher Education during the past seven years.
The Central government has sanctioned seven IIMs, seven IITs, two IISERs, 16 IIITs, 157 medical colleges, and 84 Navodaya schools across the country but not a single institute was sanctioned to Telangana state. The BJP MPs hailing from Telangana never bothered to lobby for the state.
Prime Minister Mr Modi made a lofty statement about giving priority to higher education in the country but the Central government discriminated against Telangana state when it came to allocating central institutions.
It may be noted that Telangana has been centre of the IT industry and global giants are operating from Hyderabad. With a view to supplying skilled personnel to the industry, the State government has asked for IIIT at Karimnagar. Of the 16 IIITs set up across the country during the past seven years, not a single institute was allocated to Telangana state.
The Central government has decided to set up IIIT under PPE mode to which the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has agreed and asked the Centre to set up one at Karimnagar. But Union minister of state for Education Mr Sudhash Parkar said there is no such possibility for now. The BJP MP representing Karimnagar district remains silent over the issue but engaged in hurling profanities at the ruling TRS government day in and day out.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao