BRS govt shattered dreams of students and jobless youth: Uttam

Hyderabad: Congress MP and Huzurnagar candidate N. Uttam Kumar Reddy launched a scathing attack on the BRS government, accusing it of betraying the students and jobless youth over the past nine years.

Addressing a meeting with students and youth in Kodad on Thursday, Uttam Kumar Reddy alongside Telangana Jana Samithi president Prof. M. Kodandaram and Kodad candidate N. Padmavathi, lambasted the BRS government for its abysmal record in addressing the concerns of the state's youth.

"Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has shattered the dreams and aspirations of lakhs of students and youth," Uttam Kumar Reddy asserted.

He pointed out the devastating impact of the government's failure to provide fee reimbursement, which forced thousands of students to abandon their higher education aspirations. "The state government owes '4,592 crore in fee reimbursement and scholarship dues, jeopardising the future of around 15 lakh students," the former TPCC chief stated.

He highlighted the government's disregard for the High Court's directive to release funds in three instalments per academic year, opting instead for partial biennial disbursements. "This delay has compelled numerous students to either drop out or resort to high-interest loans to continue their education," he lamented.

Uttam Kumar Reddy drew attention to the fee regulatory committee's fee hikes for various courses, while the government's fee reimbursement amounts have remained stagnant.

"For instance, while the fee for a PG course in a private college stands at Rs 37,700, the reimbursement is a meagre Rs. 20,000, leaving students to shoulder the additional burden," he explained.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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