India’s first Dalit University to be established in Hyderabad by 2018

In a first, the Telangana government has plans to set up a university only for Dalit students. A proposal is under consideration to establish an exclusive university for Dalit students in Hyderabad.

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In a first, the Telangana government has plans to set up a university only for Dalit students who are aiming to pursue their post-graduation in the state by next academic year. A proposal is under consideration to establish an exclusive university for Dalit students in Hyderabad.

Purpose

As per HT report, it is said that the university is said to be part of the government’s policy of providing education free of cost to students from weaker sections from kindergarten to post-graduation (KG to PG) level. The proposal was mooted by a government arm, Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), which runs nearly 268 residential institutions for Dalit students from class 5 to under-graduate level.

TSWREIS secretary Dr R S Praveen Kumar told Hindustan Times, “We discussed the proposal for establishing an exclusive university for Dalit students with chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao recently and he has appreciated the idea. The modalities are being worked out and if everything goes as per the plan, we are likely to start the university by 2018-19 academic year.”

(Read: Telangana DOST Second Allotment Results 2017 to be declared today at dost.cgg.gov.in) 

Although India has reservations in many colleges and universities for the minorities, there is no institute exclusively for them. Once the Dalit university comes into existence, all degree colleges which are now affiliated to other universities, would come under it.

Praveen said the objective of establishing an exclusive university for Dalit students is to provide them a comprehensive education, so that they would come out as complete and knowledgeable citizens.

“Till a couple of years ago, we had been providing education to our students from primary school up to Intermediate. Later, we started degree colleges with under-graduate courses. At present, we have 30 degree colleges with over 3,500 students. In the next step, we want to groom them as post-graduates by establishing our own university,” he said.

[Source”cnbc”]