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Education Min irks over private engineering college dues; Blames TDP for crisis

Kakinada, Aug 14 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Minister for Education Adimulapu Suresh on Wednesday conceded that the private engineering colleges in the state are under severe financial crunch and, therefore, is unable to pay the affiliation fee to the universities.

Addressing a press conference at the JNTUK conference hall during his visit to the university campus here on Wednesday, the Minister has attributed the present sad state of affairs with the private engineering colleges to the partisan stance of TDP government.

The Minister was visibly embarrassed and irked when his attention was drawn that to the fact that 70 per cent of 249 engineering colleges under the jurisdiction of JNTUK have failed to pay the affiliation fee to the tune of Rs168 Crores since 2011. In fact, Dr Samuel George institute of engineering in Markapur, which is run by him was one among the defaulters.

He became impatient when pointed out that the Markapur College was in default to the tune of Rs 60.58 lakhs towards affiliation fee since 2014-2015.

"It is a fact that that Private engineering colleges were in default but the fault lies with the TDP government. It has wantonly kept silent over fee reimbursement to these colleges which runs to the tune of Rs 1,200 cores as the scheme was introduced by Dr Rajasekhara Reddy regime . Why the media did not raise the issue with the government all these years? The private engineering colleges were running on heavy loss and the managements are running them facing heavy ordeal securing loans and mortgaging their properties," was his cryptic reply.

The Minister sensing further embarrassment abruptly left the place avoiding further questions remarking that the press would not publish his side of the story.
Minister for social welfare Pinipe Viswaroop, MP Vanga Geeta Viswanath, MLC IV Rao and city MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhara Reddy, JNTUK Vice chancellor Prof M Ramalingaraju, Registrar Subbarao were among those attended.
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