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TRS working president and MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao on Monday said the TRS government had spent Rs 12,800 crore towards fee reimbursement to students since 2014, besides clearing accumulated arrears of Rs 1,800 crore.

The State government, which has emphasised quality education, has also been focusing on generating employment opportunities for the youth. Under TS-iPASS, industrial permits were issued to 15,000 companies that resulted in 15 lakh new jobs, he said.

Addressing graduates here on Monday, he said apart from setting up Gurukul schools, the State government had also established many educational institutes, including 53 degree, 11 polytechnic and five medical colleges. “No other State can match Telangana in extending assistance to students to pursue higher education abroad under the Overseas Scholarships programme. Over 3,850 students have benefitted from the programme so far,” the Minister said.

Study circles were set up in all the districts to help students appearing for competitive examinations. Pointing out that the State had spent Rs 250 crore on this programme alone, Rama Rao said this had resulted in at least 5,000 youth landing jobs in civil services and other government sectors.

The State also filled about 19,200 teacher posts among the 1.33 lakh vacancies that were filled, he said. “Despite filling 1.33 lakh government jobs, the Congress and the BJP are often indulging in mudslinging against the government over recruitments,” he said.

In the past six years, Telangana, he said, had made rapid strides in development and bagged international accolades, but the Central government is not extending the required support. Not only is the Centre displaying its discrimination against the State in different sectors, it is also not lending a helping hand even in the field of education. While IIMs, IIITs, ITIRs, medical colleges were announced for the rest of India, not a single institute was allocated to Telangana, he pointed out.

“Is this the Saab ka saath, Saab ka vikas? Is this the Team India spirit being promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?” asked Rama Rao and urged the graduates to elect TRS candidate S Vani Devi in the MLC election from the Hyderabad-Ranga Reddy-Mahabubnagar MLC graduates constituency.



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