In a major development, Andhra Pradesh State Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed the officials to choose a stress-free education after the five-month-long break caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The chief minister has stated that the students must not be forced to complete the syllabus in a rush due to the delay caused due to the pandemic.
The Chief Minister told the Higher Education officials that education must be pleasant without any pressure. He also directed the officials to follow the central government instructions to take the required decisions. Officials have also been directed to implement Vasati Deevana and Vidya Deevana for the current academic year.
With regard to licensing and regulation of private universities, it has been decided that 50 percent of seats should be filled under the convenor quota and the remaining 50 percent under the college quota. The fee structure for the convenor quota will be fixed by the state government and will also consider the economically weaker students for fee reimbursement.
Officials have also been asked to focus on the integrated courses according to the industry requirement and asked for newer courses in the Polytechnic and Engineering streams. He also added that the state government is setting up a skill development centre in each of the parliamentary constituencies to improve the skill sets of youngsters who have completed polytechnic and engineering courses.
The schools in Andhra Pradesh have been conducting online classes for the students since March 2020 when the schools were shut during the pandemic.