Popularly known as Venky or SVC, Sri Venkateswara College has been a part of Delhi University (DU) since 1973 and is one of the topmost colleges of the university. Against this backdrop, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has written to the Ministry of Education (MoE) seeking permission to affiliate it to the Andhra University, effectively ending its tryst with the DU.
On February 13th 2020, considering the plight of AP students in NCR, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP) Mr. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to the Union Minister of Education Mr. Ramesh ‘Pokhriyal’ Nishank, requesting permission to affiliate the Sri Venkateswara College to Andhra University, based at Visakhapatnam.
Writing about the college, the CM said that “Sri Venkateswara College was established in 1961 under the visionary leadership of Durgabhai Deshmukh along with K.L. Rao and C. Anna Rao” to cater to the needs of Telugu-speaking students at Delhi, and he continued on that there was a need for greater accessibility to higher education to Telugu students and same can be achieved more easily by changing the affiliated university of the college. Since the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Board manages the college along with the University Grants Commission (UGC), “it is through the concerted efforts of the management that Sri Venkateswara College has obtained 14th rank in NIRF rankings 2020” and hence, the people of the state feel that seats in the college must be made available to students of their state, said the CM. Continuing, he said that, during the bifurcation, AP had lost many educational institutes to the neighbouring Telangana.
Mr. Reddy also referred to a UGC order prohibiting universities from operating colleges beyond the jurisdiction of their respective states.
To remedy this loss, I request the Central government to direct UGC under Section 20 of the UGC Act to exempt AU from clause (b) of UGC and allow it to affiliate to Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi as an off-campus college in New Delhi, thus paving the way for students of AP to access quality higher education in Delhi.Mr. Reddy commented in relation to Sri Venkateswara College, DU.
Mr. Reddy also added that “In order to operationalize this, the government of AP intends to amend the AP Universities Act 1991 to expand the power of AU to affiliate Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi.”
Talking about the development, Bharath Harikumar, a student studying B.Sc.Chemistry (Hons) at SVC said, “I don’t like or support it. I joined SVC to study at a central university – DU. If I had wanted to study at AU, I need not come all the way to Delhi. Moreover, I think there’s a very slim chance that UGC would approve of it, for state varsities can’t control colleges outside their state. And moreover, even if they can, think of the administrative and logistical it would create.”
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