“By 2022, Telangana Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare Residential Education Institutions Society (TSWREIS) will be able to impact about 10 lakh students in Telangana by having at least 1,500 institutions,” said Dr R S Praveen Kumar, Secretary, Telangana Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare Residential Education Institutions, Government of Telangana
Dr Kumar was sharing his thoughts during the 9th Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave held in February this year in Hyderabad. He described about the initiatives taken under TSWREIS. He stated, “As of now, we have 877 institutions. We target most marginalised sections of the society. Our Government is taking initiatives to bridge the societal gap and provide marginalised section the best possible facilities.”
Describing about the practices and efforts made at TSWREIS to impart quality education to marginalised children of society, Dr Kumar said, “As of now we have around four lakh students studying in the residential school under TSWREIS free of cost. Telangana Government spends around Rs 62,000 on every student other than providing infrastructure. All schools are English medium schools. We have facilities at par to that of in country’s private or government schools. Recently we have started building the infrastructure for our institutes.”
He also revealed the methods followed by TSWREIS to recruit good teacher so that the focusremains on student-centric learning. Dr Kumar further said, “Earlier, we used to recruit teachers from Telangana Public Service Commission but now we have our recruitment board. The minimum qualification for our teachers is a postgraduation degree. TSWREIS is more women centric in terms of providing education. We have two girls school on every boy’s school.”
TSWREIS is also working to improve the condition of girl education. Describing about few such initiatives, the senior bureaucrat said, “In 2016, we have started an audacious experiment to provide education to girls. As among the poor families of Telangana girls got married at early age due to lack of education. Such girls suffer a lot and to improve girls’ education in, Telangana Government has provided us 53 degree colleges. It helped us to save 20,000 girls from getting married at very young age. These girls are doing amazingly well and some of them have even postponed their marriages for sake of education.”
“The colleges under TSWREIS are performing better than the universities and colleges in Telangana. It can be understood by the fact that in universities, average pass percentage is 30-40 percent whereas in residential institutes of TSWREIS, the pass percentage is around 80-85 percent,” Dr Kumar added.
He also stressed on the need to modify the curriculum as per the industry needs and also described the initiative of TSWREIS in this regard. According to him, “It is important to drive innovation in the curriculum of our schools and colleges. Students must be taught the subjects which are relevant as per the industry requirement. In the institutions under TSWREIS, we try to offer curriculum which is relevant as per the latest trends and industry requirement.”