Amaravati: With colleges set to reopen from October 15, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy hoped that Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education will increase after fees reimbursement and Vasati Devena incentive schemes.

During a review meeting on Higher Education held here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said the GER should go up from the present 32.4 percent to 90 percent as the financial assistance in the form of fees reimbursement and Vasati Deevena is being provided timely.

It was decided to reopen Colleges on October 15. He said once the colleges are open Vidya Devena Vasathi Devena funds will be disbursed. All Common Entrance Tests (CETs) should be completed by September.

The three-year degree course will have a ten-month apprenticeship. The fourth year, where skill development and job orientation courses will be introduced, will be called four year Degree Honors.

The fourth-year study of a degree course would be optional. Students will have to take a call on whether to study a three or four-year degree course.

In the four year professional courses like B Tech, the ten-month apprenticeship is compulsory. Those students who secure 20 credits would be given an Honors Degree.

“Previously, no government had focused on higher education. Stringent action should be taken against colleges flouting norms,” he said.

Giving the nod for filling up 1,100 vacancies of Assistant Professor in Universities, he said government colleges should move towards self sustenance.

The government has been spending Rs 6,000 cores under Nadu Nedu in revamping medical colleges. “During the previous government surgeries were carried out under cell phone lights and rats were biting infants. There was no answer as to why generators were not functioning,” he said.

Nadu Nedu should be implemented in colleges as well, he said.

Officials said that the National Education Policy has included many of the views of the chief minister. They said that a cluster university will be coming up at Kurnool along with Architecture University at Kadapa.

The chief minister has asked the officials to start work on the Tribal Engineering College at Kurupam, and Universities at Prakasam and Vizianagaram districts. A state-level Tribal University is coming up at Araku. He also gave a nod for Telugu and Sanskrit Academies.

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