CM lauds contribution of Jesuits
Takes part as chief guest at the XI South Zone Jesuit Alumni Conference
ALC left a strong mark on him, says YSR
‘Tagore was a student of a Jesuit institution’
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has lauded the contribution of the Jesuits to education in the country.
Participating as chief guest at the XI South Zone Jesuit Alumni Conference – 2008 at Andhra Loyola College (ALC) here on Monday, Dr. Reddy, an alumnus of the institution, said that the “amount of service the Jesuits have done for education is remarkable”.
Dr. Reddy said though he studied in the ALC, a Jesuit institution, just for a year during 1963-64, it left a strong mark on him. The impression was so strong that he handed over a degree college set up in the name of his father Raja Reddy in Pulivendala to the Loyola group “without a second thought”.
“I met Fr. Paul Satyanarayana in a furniture shop. He mentioned that the Jesuits were planning to set up an institution in Rayalaseema. Without a moment’s hesitation, I told him that he could take over the Degree College that I was running, lock, stock and barrel,” Dr. Reddy said, adding he was very much impressed with the “great” way the ALC was run. He said he would have liked spending the entire day in the college, but for his busy schedule.
The Chief Minister, who arrived about 30 minutes behind schedule, went through the programmers in a hurried manner. After inaugurating the new building of the Andhra Loyola Institute for Engineering and Technology, Dr. Reddy arrived for the conference and addressed the gathering only for about 10 minutes. He neither interacted with old students nor went down the memory lane to recall the days he spent on the campus, disappointing many among the audience.
The Chief Minister said his Government recognized the tremendous importance of higher education, and, hence, taken a policy decision to provide higher education free of cost to SC, ST, BC and minority students.
There were about 400 engineering colleges in the State, including the 200 opened last year. The students admitted into engineering or a medical college did not have to pay even a single rupee as tuition fee. All they had to do was submit their caste certificate, and all their fees would be paid by the government. The State Government increased the budget for the backward classes from Rs. 300 crores a year to Rs. 1,500 crores a year. It was planning to pay the fees for the economically backward students among forward castes as well.
Earlier, Andhra Loyola College Alumni Association director Fr. A. Theckemury gave a power point presentation on the illustrious alumni of the Jesuit institutions all over the country. Starting with Nobel laureate Ravindranath Tagore, Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal was also a student of the college.
College Principal S. Emmanuel, talking about the developments, said that a new ladies college was under construction. Correspondent and Rector Fr. D. Showraiah welcomed the Chief Minister and the gathering.
‘Rajiv Swagruha houses to be cheaper’
YSR promises to provide houses at 25 per cent less than market rate
Chief Minister Y.S.Rajashekhara Reddy has promised to construct and provide houses at 25 per cent less than the market rates under the Rajiv Swagruha housing scheme.
Speaking after laying foundation stone for Rajiv Swagruha housing scheme called Maaneru Theeram (satellite township) at Nusthullapur village on the outskirts of Karimnagar on Monday, he refuted the reports about Rajiv Swagruha houses are costlier compared to those in the market and clarified that government would provide houses at lesser rates by 25 per cent under the Swagruha housing scheme.
Dr. Reddy also laid foundation stone for the comprehensive drinking water scheme for the Thimmapur mandal at a cost of Rs. 14 crore, a fruit market at the Karimnagar agricultural marketyard at a cost of Rs.2.5 crore.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Rajiv Gruha kalpa housing scheme at Chintakunta village. The housing scheme would accommodate 1752 families in 73 blocks.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the beneficiaries could repay the bank loan at the rate of Rs. 500 per month in seven years.
Earlier, accompanied by APCC president D. Srinivas and other party leaders, the Chief Minister inaugurated the District Congress committee office building at Padmanagar.
He also felicitated former District Congress Committee president T. Santosh Kumar, who was instrumental in the construction of the party office building by mobilising funds.
Ministers P. Sabitha Indra reddy, G. Chinna Reddy, J. Ratnakara Rao, Jeevan Reddy, government whip D. Sridhar Babu, APSRTC chairman M. Satyanarayana Rao, Markfed Chairman Ponnam Prabhakar, Zilla Parishad Chairman Arepalli Mohan, and others were also present.