The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to set a plan in motion to open up colleges from 15 October 2020. Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions have remained closed since March to contain the spread of COVID-19. In a review meeting at his camp office, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has framed a set of guidelines and sought views from the higher education department’s officials. During the review meeting on Higher Education, the Chief Minister has directed the officials to focus attention on increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio to 90 percent. The Chief Minister also gave a green signal for the recruitment of Assistant Professors in Universities across the state.
In addition to this, the minister declared that every student taking up a 3-year honours degree or four-year honours degree course should enrol in a ten-month apprenticeship. He also instructed officials to set up employment and skill development courses for students on completion of their apprenticeship. Both should pursue conventional degree courses, which include BA, B.COM, and B.SC. The students are expected to decide over choosing a general degree or an honours degree during the time of admission. On the other hand, B.Tech students will receive an honours degree too. If the student completes 20 additional credits in 4 years, they will receive B.Tech honours in that discipline. Alternatively, if a student pursuing a B.Tech degree acquires 20 additional credits in any other courses will receive a minor degree.
The Chief Minister instructed the officials that strict action should be taken on colleges committing any irregularities. YS Jagan has also given the green signal for setting up universities in Vizianagaram and Prakasham districts. The CM also gave the nod to establishing a Tribal College in Paderu village, Vizianagaram district too.