Hyderabad: As campuses across the nation celebrate visionary educator Savitribai Phule’s 189th birth anniversary on January 3, the question of a Women’s University in every state remains unfulfilled. Even Telangana has not submitted any proposal for setting up an exclusive university for women, despite the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE)’s recommendations.

To encourage girls’ education, the sub-committee of the Central Advisory Board of Education was constituted to look into the issues. Constituted under the chairmanship of former Deputy Telangana Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari in February 2017, the committee had submitted its report in February 2018, with several recommendations.

The sub-committee recommended setting up at least one exclusive university for women in each state. However, as of now, only three states have been approved for the establishment of women’s universities. Central assistance has been approved to Jharkhand, Karnataka and Odisha for setting up Women’s Universities.

‘Will send a proposal for women’s university soon’

Speaking to NewsMeter, Telangana’s Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy said, “We will send the proposal for the women’s university soon.”

Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank noted that they had given central assistance to three states for setting up Women’s Universities. He said, “Based on the State Higher Education Plans (SHEPs) submitted by States/UTs, we have provided central assistance to Jharkhand, Karnataka and Odisha for setting up women’s universities. The minister was replying to a question in Lok Sabha regarding universities exclusively for women in India.

CES demands women varsity in Telangana

On the eve of Savitribai Phule’s 189th birth anniversary, the Centre for Educational Studies (CES) organised a Round Table Conference in Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, Baghlingampally. They paid respects to the “first woman teacher of modern India — Savitribai Phule” for her extraordinary service to girls’ education and women upliftment.

“We demand to establish a Women’s University in Telangana in the name of the social reformer who fought for Telangana statehood, Eshwari Bai. We appeal to Telangana government to initiate to establish said varsity in the old Secretariat space,” said Naganti Naryana of Centre for Educational Studies (CES).

Students from various campuses such as Osmania University and the University of Hyderabad commemorated Savitribai Phule on her 189th birth anniversary.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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