Hyderabad may soon be home to a new university for members of India's Dalit minority. Photo: iStock

A separate university for members of India’s Dalit minority, the first of its kind in the country, may soon be established in Telangana, according to media reports.

The Hindustan Times reported that, according to official sources, the state government is considering a proposal to establish the university in Hyderabad as part of an effort to improve education access for members of weaker segments of society.

The proposal was submitted by the government-run Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), which runs 270 residential schools in the state for Dalit students. 

RS Praveen Kumar, TSWREIS secretary, told the Hindustan Times, “We discussed the proposal for establishing an exclusive university for Dalit students with chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao recently and he has appreciated the idea. The modalities are being worked out and if everything goes as per the plan, we are likely to start the university by 2018-19 academic year.”

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