Kamala Nehru students stage rally, demand Telangana government to save university – The New Indian Express | Tech Reddy


By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The call to save Kamala Nehru Polytechnic For Women (KNPW), the premier women’s polytechnic in Hyderabad has grown louder with teachers’ and students’ associations staging protests.

They have also written to the Department of Technical Education demanding the continuation of the services of contract teachers and to give admission to students for polytechnic courses for the academic year 2021-22 in the institution, which is more popularly known as Kamala Nehru College.

On Thursday, many students staged a demonstration at the Telangana Exhibition Society, the governing body of the college, demanding the State government to do the needful. The protesters alleged that the discontinuation of government-aided polytechnic courses is depriving women students, especially those from economically weaker sections, of affordable education. Using #SaveKNPW, many social media users also started expressing their solidarity with the protesting students.

“The story of growth of @KTRTRS Telangana is incomplete without women being active agents of progress and development. Please look into the issue of Kamala Nehru Polytechnic College immediately. The women of this vibrant state await your intervention (sic)” , one user tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Center for Educational Studies (CES) and Telanagana Technical Colleges Employees Association (TSTCEA) have also written to the State Technical Education Department making a similar request. The issue came to light after the name of the college disappeared from the list of polytechnic colleges for the academic year 2021-22 published by the Department of Education.

Lobby against the university? Students and alumni of KNPW claim that the Exhibition Society, with the help of the State, is also pressuring for the closure of the college. However, officials deny such claims



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