Bill to establish Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University in Telangana introduced in Lok Sabha

According to the statement of Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, the university will cater to regional aspirations for years to come.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 04, 2023 | 3:16 PMUpdated Dec 04, 2023 | 3:17 PM

Bill to establish Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University in Telangana introduced in Lok Sabha

The Bill to establish a central tribal university in Telangana — the Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University — was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday, 4 December, by Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

According to the statement and objects of the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, the establishment of the university will cater to the regional aspirations for years to come.

The university, to be set up in the Mulugu district of Telangana at a cost of ₹889.07 crore, was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 October during the inauguration of several developmental projects in the Mahabubnagar district.

He had also announced the setting up of a turmeric board during the same meeting.

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Aim of the university

The proposed institution, it said, will increase access and quality of higher education and facilitate and promote higher education and research facilities for the people of Telangana.

It will also promote advanced knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India.

“Apart from bringing focus to tribal education, the central tribal university shall carry out all educational and other activities like any other central university,” it read.

The establishment of a central tribal university in Telangana is obligatory under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

The Central Universities Act, of 2009 was enacted to establish and incorporate universities for teaching and research in various states. The law is tweaked from time to time.

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The Union govt nod

The Union government gave a nod to the project on 4 December, three days after the prime minister’s announcement.

The new Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University will not only increase access and improve the quality of higher education in the state, but also promote avenues of higher education and advance knowledge, the government had said then.

“The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for introduction in Parliament, a Bill, namely, the Central Universities (Amendment), Bill, 2023, further to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009, for setting up of Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University at Mulugu district in the state of Telangana as provided in the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014,” an official statement said.

“There would be provision of funds of ₹889.07 crore. The new university will not only increase access and improve the quality of higher education in the state but also promote avenues of higher education and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in tribal art, culture and traditional knowledge systems for the benefit of the tribal population in the state.

“This new university will also create additional capacity and will strive to remove regional imbalances,” it added.

The university is named after tribal goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka.