Sri Venkateswara College Will Lose Charm if it gets Disaffiliated From DU

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The news about the Andhra Pradesh government reportedly requesting the education ministry to disaffiliate Sri Venkateswara College (SVC) from Delhi University has got the staff and students concerned.

If the central government gives its nod to disaffiliation of the college from DU, it will encourage other states to take similar action to get other colleges disaffiliated from the university,” says an official of the college, on the condition of anonymity.

The voice may be raised for disaffiliation of Mata Sundari College for Women and Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College if Andhra Pradesh’s request gets fulfilled,” says the official who further adds that the SVC will lose its charm if it goes to Andhra University (AU). He believes that students opt for SVC as it belongs to DU.

The proposal sounds irrational as this would take away the status of a college of a central university,” says another source associated with the college requesting to be anonymous. “After disaffiliation, the state government might offer autonomous status to college and ask the college to generate fund. In the case of autonomy, students will have to bear the additional burden on fee, and this can be a step towards privatization,

He adds.

Pay disparity will be another issue for the teachers as the DU has implemented the Seventh Pay Commission while Andhra University is still offering Sixth Pay Commission pay scale. Both the officials have claimed that any official communication in this regard from the concerned authority is yet to be received.

Students and staff of Sri Venkateswara College (SVC) started a Twitter campaign to address their concerns regarding the reported move to disaffiliate the college from Delhi University (DU). They are largely worried about their identity and the impact on their careers. Twitter was flooded with hashtags #venky_belongs_to_du, #GobackAU, and #VenkyIsDU opposing the move.

Last month, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had written to union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, seeking permission to affiliate SVC, popularly known as Venky among students, with Andhra University (AU), based in Visakhapatnam. The college is managed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), through a governing council, headed by the chairman of the TTD Trust Board.

The move by the AP government is aimed to facilitate greater access to higher education in Delhi for state students.

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