Centre may allocate elite education institutions to Seemandhra
With an aim of placating people of Seemandhra, Centre may allocate elite educational institutions like IIT, IIM and NIT to the region which has witnessed widespread resentment over its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

Highly-placed sources in the HRD ministry said a decision in this regard could be soon conveyed to the home ministry which had forwarded representations made by different stakeholders to it in response to the GoM on Telangana inviting suggestion on bifurcation of the state.

The suggestions included establishment of an IIT in Visakhapatnam, an IIM at Vijayawada and conversion of the Andhra Pradesh university in Visakhapatnam into a central university.

The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh will leave the Seemandhra region without any of these institutes as all of them are concentrated in Hyderabad in the Telangana region.

The representation also states that all central institutions should be backed by a bill and all national parties should sign it.

"Most of the highly developed educational institutions are going to the state of Telangana. The Centre should immediately grant the above said institutions and they should come into operation within a year," the representations said.

They said the existing Andhra University in Visakhapatnam should be accorded central university status as there is not a single central government-run institute in the Andhra or the Rayalaseema region.

In its October 19 meeting, the GoM had fixed November 5 as the last day for receiving suggestions on bifurcation of the state from public, including political parties and public representatives.

The panel would submit its report to the Union Cabinet before the winter session of Parliament.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde is heading the high-powered committee with finance minister P Chidambaram, defence minister A K Antony, health and family welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, petroleum and natural gas minister M Veerappa Moily and rural development minister Jairam Ramesh as members.

Minister of state for personnel and prime minister's office V Narayanasamy is a special invitee to the panel.