The CPI(M)-led Students Federation of India on Wednesday urged the Centre to immediately release adequate funds to the Central educational institutions approved under the AP State Reorganisation Act.

Leading a State-wide ‘bus yatra’ up to Hindupur, its State president Y. Ramu said 11 educational institutions of higher learning were functioning without inadequate infrastructure.

He also urged the State government to immediately sanction a State university to Prakasam district, which perhaps was the only district without a university in the State.

He disputed the Centre’s submission before the Supreme Court that all the assurances made under the Act were implement. The 16-day yatra would conclude on August 2. Only a meagre Rs. 10 crore had been released for the Rs. 450-crore Central university, he lamented.

Taking strong objection to the Centre denying Special Category Status to the State promised on the floor of Parliament at the time of bifurcation, he said it was unfortunate that the steel plant in Kadapa and railway zone in Visakhapatnam remained a non-starter. Efforts should be speeded up to start the Central University in Anatapur. The promised tribal university remained a mirage, he added.

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