Vijayawada: In a major examination reform, the state government has restrained autonomous colleges from setting question papers.

The decision was taken during a review meeting chaired by chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday.

It was decided that the question papers set by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) will be used in both autonomous and non-autonomous colleges in the state. It was also decided that the evaluation of the papers would be done by JNTU.

Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy said these steps were taken to prevent malpractices in the exams. He said there should be job opportunities for the students who are graduated.

Stressing on the importance of skills to face job interviews, he said every student should have knowledge in respective subjects. He said the apprentice system will be introduced in every course to hone the skills of youth.

He said the students should have the opportunity to choose the subjects of their choice. He directed the officials to set up a good degree college in Vishakapatnam and introduce the best subjects in the Arts stream.

Reviewing fee reimbursement under Jagananna Vidya Deevena and Vasati Devena, the officials informed the chief minister that the money would directly be credited to the bank accounts. The officials said over ten lakh students will be benefitted from the scheme.

Under Jagananna Vidya Devena, parents have been assured that the education of their children won't be hampered. It is the reason that the number of degree admissions has increased from 2.2 lakh to 2.7 lakh compared to last year.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to prepare a list of the posts to be filled this year and release it on the eve of Ugadi. He also announced to recruit 6,000 policemen this year. He also directed to release the funds for developing infrastructure in IIITs of Ongole and Srikakulam.

Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh, Higher Education Special Chief Secretary Satish Chandra, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education Chairman Hemachandra Reddy and other officials were present.

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