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|No MBBS seats for poor
Hyderabad,Aug 25 Hyderabad: Managements of private medical colleges are upbeat about students failing to furnish bank guarantees for MBBS admissions under management quota. These seats will be shifted to the NRI quota, for which the managements are charging crores.
Students had got seats based on merit in the separate entrance test conducted by private colleges to fill the 35 per cent management quota seats.
To take admission, these students have to pay Rs 9 lakh as fees for the first year and the remaining four years’ fee of Rs 36 lakh as bank guarantees, which students from economically weaker sections cannot afford.
For BDS seats, students have to pay first year fees of Rs 4 lakh and the remaining three years’ fee of Rs 12 lakh as bank guarantees.
All such, cancelled MBBS seats are being converted into NRI quota, which are going for Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.50 crore, making the managements richer by crores.
The deadline to furnish bank guarantees will expire on August 31 and less than half of the students have came forward to submit them.
Students and parents who are approaching colleges and bringing their financial problems to the notice of managements seeking help are being encouraged to cancel their seats and as a consolation, the managements are offering a “decent amount” in return so they can sell the same seat under the NRI quota to other students who can pay up to Rs 1.50 crore.
Students and parents are now requesting the TS government to come to their rescue like the AP government, which has removed the bank guarantee clause for admissions following protests from students and parents.
The TS government is facing the wrath of students and parents for taking decisions in favour of managements, like effecting sharp increase in fees and seats in management and NRI quotas, making medical education accessible only for the rich.
For the first time, it has allowed private medical colleges to conduct their own entrance tests for management quota admissions. Though the aim is to ensure merit in this quota, the fee has been hiked from Rs 2.60 lakh to Rs 9 lakh per year.
Moreover, the management quota seats were increased from 40 per cent to 50 per cent which includes a 15 per cent NRI quota. All these decisions benefitted managements at the cost of students from middle and lower income groups.
The seats were allotted on August 21 and 22 and majority of the students reporting at colleges are going there not to take admission but to request the managements to exempt them from the bank guarantee and take year-wise fees, which is being rejected outright.
About 500 MBBS and 350 BDS seats were allotted and the chances of students taking admissions for even these seats look remote.
As per norms, all vacant seats will get convert into NRI quota for which the government has prescribed fees of Rs 11 lakh per year, while they are being sold for up to Rs 1.50 crore.
While the NRI stipulated quota is only 15 per cent, it is expected to double to 30 per cent due to cancelled seats in management quota getting converted into NRI quota due to the inability of students to furnish bank guarantees.
|No takers for 34,000 engineering seats in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad,Aug 5 Visakhapatnam: Despite a surge in the number of applicants and early commencement of counselling, engineering colleges in AP will see 34,000 seats go vacant this year too. Cancelling the affiliation of some colleges and the drop-off of 6,000 engineering seats in the state did not improved the situation. Several seats in B and C grade colleges remained vacant.
Dr K. Raghunath, Eamcet chief camp officer, said 34,000 engineering seats in the state were vacant till August 4, which was the last date for the candidates to report for the final phase of counselling.
Of the 1.4 lakh students who appeared for Eamcet for engineering, 1.3 lakh got eligibility for admission into the 1.29 lakh seats in the state. But 34,000 seats were vacant at the end of the final phase of counselling
|Third Eamcet counselling needs Supreme Court nod, Telangana to meet
Hyderabad,Aug 3 Hyderabad: A third phase of Telangana Eamcet counselling is not being ruled out, but it may have to be held with the Supreme Court’s permission.
The Telangana State Council of Higher Educ-ation (TSCHE) will seek legal opinion on whether it can hold another round of counselling and the state government will hold a meeting on Monday to decide on this.
There have been demands for a third phase of counselling for TS Eamcet after more than 6,000 students couldn’t get seats after the second phase that ended on July 30.
This is even more ironic considering about 26,000 seats are left vacant and more are expected to be vacated since many students might forego their allotted seats. Students couldn’t get seats due to faulty exercise of web options during the counselling.
When asked, TSCHE Chairman Prof. T. Papi Reddy said, “Firstly it is not a fault of the government. But we still want to safeguard the interests of all students, so we will see what we can do.” He added, “We will seek legal opinion because Supreme Court guidelines for admissions are there. We will discuss the issue with the minister on Monday.”
CPI(M) TS Committee member Mr J. Venkatesh said, “Even if these students get seats in spot admissions, they will not be eligible for fee reimbursement. Parents and students are demanding for a third phase to be held.”
The Supreme Court guidelines on engineering admissions, however, mandate that “all the rounds shall be completed before July 30.”Further, students can be admitted before August 15 if any vacancies arise “due to any reason.”
“The seats remaining vacant should again be duly notified and advertised. All seats should be filled positively by 15 August after which there shall be no admission, whatever be the reason or ground,” the SC guidelines say.
|Telangana government open to idea of common Eamcet
Hyderabad,Dec 10 Intermediate examinations will surely be conducted separately, but the Telangana government is in favour of a combined Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (Eamcet) for both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Telangana Education Minister G. Jagadish Reddy reacted favourably on the issue stating that conducting combined Eamcet was not an issue for them. The format of the exam is such that there is little scope for malpractice or at least favouritism, a criticism that haunted Intermediate exams and its valuation.
The idea is not to expose students to too many exams for one admission process. As per the A.P. Reorganisation Act, admission procedures in the professional colleges in both the States have to be maintained for 10 years so that students don’t lose an opportunity to study in the preferred colleges in both the States. However, both the governments can sit and sort out on retaining the present entrance tests or conduct their own.
Mr. Reddy told this correspondent that conducting common Eamcet was not a problem and the governments of both States can sit and discuss it. If it happens, students would be saved from writing an additional test for entry into same colleges in both States. Both States have to continue the 15 per cent non-local (unreserved) quota as per the Reorganisation Act for 10 years. When students are already burdened with JEE and other national-level entrance tests, it would be better if they are spared from appearing an additional test is the opinion of many aspirants and their parents.
Moreover, Eamcet has emerged as almost a fool-proof test adopting online processes from submitting applications to valuation. “There is little scope for bias in awarding marks as valuation is not done manually but by the computer,” a senior official agreed. Eamcet marks are highly relevant for medical and agricultural courses given the few seats against huge demand, and good colleges existing in both States.
Separate exam may also create problem in filling up the non-local quota seats as the quota seats are open to both local and non-local students and those with better merit will grab the seat. Considering the scores of two different exams will be difficult for the same seats to be filled on common merit, it is pointed out.
|Telangana State is Keen to Conduct EAMCET Separately
Hyderabad,Nov 13 The Telangana government is keen to conduct not only inter exams , But also EAMCET exam for Engineering, Pharmacy and Medical streams. If every things go well, It would implement this from this academic year.
According to sources in intermediate board , the government sees no difficulty in determining the final merit of students of the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Since the IITs conduct JEE for 29 states of the country Apart from the JEE model where percentile system is used and 40 percent weight age is given to marks obtained in the inter board exams. The Telangana government is contemplating use of the process if normalization for making Intermediate Board exam marks of AP and Telangana students comparable.
|EAMCET counseling notification is likely to release Today
Hyderabad,Nov 1 174 colleges to the extent permitted by the Supreme Court on Saturday for the EAMCET counseling notification is likely to release for second installment. However, the final decision is scheduled taken by government officials said. The latest amendments to the orders given by the Supreme Court in the wake of the relevant authorities to conduct counseling, counseling in the past, led by the two state governments to undertake the representation may be appointed by the Admissions Committee.
Bound by the same committee is responsible for admissions to the AP insistence of Higher Education Council, in accordance with the orders of the Supreme 'the Authority', shaking themselves in the counseling would be held in the Telangana Higher Education Council. Schedule entries will be issued by the government on Saturday to discuss-Education Council chairman Professor papireddi said. As of the date of the 14th to take the entries, 15 will be initiated starting from the classes. Meanwhile, the latest amendment to the orders of the Supreme Authority of the State of the that previously described by the entrance, there was a division of the Act to assign claimed responsibility for the management of higher education, the AP said chairman Professor l.venugopal reddy.
|EAMCET 2nd Phase counseling likely on NOV 5th
Hyderabad,Oct 30 The orders of the Supreme Court in the wake of the Telangana 86.695 engineering seats will be available. 174 engineering colleges to take admission in the counseling schedule has to released this month 31 in the wake of the Supreme Court order on Wednesday. the higher education council hopes to begins the process of counseling from November 5, 6 . In the final allocation of the seats will have done by November 10, 11 and reaming vacant seats has to filled on the spot admission process. Management quota seats is scheduled to be issued on November 14 entries to undertake under the Higher Education Council, the Council of AP copy of the judgment of whether the resolution will be released for awhile. Convener quota seats in the newly available is 60.687, 26.008 Management quota seats.
No matter what part of the available seats in the current counseling . Telangana students are far fewer of the eligible candidates totaling 88.937 people who qualify for them by EAMCET. 52.839 students have already joined in different colleges. Overall , the students of Telangana another 26.098 eligible How many of those who join the colleges has to wait. AP students who likely to get a good rank can get seats in open quota , while others will have the opportunity to join the management quota
|EAMCET likely to be rescheduled
HYDERABAD,Mar 6 The Engineering & Medical Common Entrance Test-2014, scheduled for May 17, is likely to be rescheduled as the counting of votes is also scheduled for that day as per the election timtable released on Wednesday. The decision regarding this will be taken on March 7.
While Class X, Intermediate and Degree exams will not be disturbed, the online BITSAT starting on May 14 and ending on June 1, will be affected. EAMCET convenor N.V.Ramana Rao said that as election results will be announced on May 16 and the exam is slated on May 17, it may cause inconvenience to the students. Also, there might be problems with the availability of exam centres. The EAMCET Committee will soon decide either to advance the exam or postpone it.
"The EAMCET Committee along with the state government officials, will decide on a new date for the examination depending on the availability of invigilators, police officials, venues, etc. The meeting will look into the pros & cons of postponing or advancing the Exam," said Mr. Ramana Rao.
According to officials, the engineering exam will be conducted from 10 AM to 01 PM, while the agriculture and medicine tests will be held from 02:30 PM to 05:30 PM on the same day. To qualify in the examination, a candidate must secure 25% of the maximum marks in EAMCET.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
|IT majors go to rural IIITs
Hyderabad,Dec 26 They come from poor families in remote villages and their annual parental income is in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh per year. But these students received job offers of Rs 5.2 lakh per annum from IT majors in campus placement drives at rural IIITs located in Basar, Nuzividu and Idupulapaya.
At a time when IT majors have been missing from most college campuses in the city due to weak global financial conditions, the rural IIITs, run by the state government and located in remote places, succeeded in attracting the firms.
Interestingly, these IIITs have no track record that can be used to gauge the capabilities of students since this is the first batch facing campus placement drives.
IT majors such as Infosys, TCS, Infotech, Tech Mahindra etc., besides FMCG major ITC, have registered for campus placements in rural IIITs.
The IIIT students are from remote villages who had studied in government schools in Telugu medium till SSC and are from socially and economically weaker sections.
The government had admitted 6,000 students in three IIITs in 2008-2009 based on their merit in SSC exams. It’s a six-year integrated course in residential mode, culminating in a four-year B.Tech degree in the sixth year. Free education, hostel and mess facilities were provided by the government for six years.
Already 185 of the 6,000 students have been placed, the highest annual package being Rs 5.2 lakh. Officials expect 80 per cent of the students to be placed by the end of January and the highest pay package to touch Rs 10 lakh.
Prof. R.V. Rajakumar, vice-chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, which runs the rural IIITs, said, “We have established quality engineering education in the university with highly motivated faculty, which was picked up locally as well as from the premier institutes.
Choosing meritocracy as the main benchmark, we had to go for a lot of innovations while imparting engineering education and technical skills to match the scale. Our students’ technical skills would be further visible when other engineering firms come for campus placements and their performance in co-mpetitive examinations like GATE is reported.”
The beginning has seen major IT firms like Infosys completing the recruitment, Tech Mahindra initiating its process and many others lining up.
The number of students placed in the first instance in Basar, Nuzvid and RK Valley campus is 51, 64 and 71 respectively. The recruiters are all praising for the students and several firms will be visiting the university in the coming months.
According to Dr Amarnath Reddy, Placement Cell in-charge, firms like TCS, Amara Group of Companies, InfoTech Enterprises, ITC and IVIZ Techno Solutions Pvt. Ltd. are lined up for campus placements.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
|EAMCET Schedule to be announced today
Hyderabad,Dec 26 The schedule for Eamcet and other common entrance test for admission to professional colleges will be announced on Thursday.
The AP State Council of Higher Education has finalized the universities for conducting various CETs.
With AP Reorganization Draft Bill-2014 saying that the existing CETs and common admission procedures would continue for 10 years in both the new states after the bifurcation, officials have initiated the process to conduct CETs as per existing procedures.
Source: Deccan Chronicle.
|Unani medicine is emerging as a popular choice for students
,Nov 12 An emerging area within the field of medical science that is rapidly growing is Unani medicine. In keeping with the rising demand for medicines and consequently medical experts of this stream, colleges too have started offering the Bachelor's of Unani Medicine and Surgery degree.
"India has a rich heritage of traditional /complimentary or alternative systems of medicine. Realising its strength in these systems, health planners in India, in the recent past, have focused their attention on their research and development. As far as the popularity of unani is concerned, it is widely practiced across the country and also in the Indian sub-continent region. The system is competitive enough with cost-effective regimen and a gives a considerably good speed of recovery," says Firdous A. Wani, registrar, Jamia Hamdard University.
At various levels of study, students are taught and trained in anatomy and physiology, the fundamentals of unani medicine, unani pharmacology, clinical medicine and diagnostics with unani and modern methods, a detailed knowledge and understanding of the subjects like internal medicine, disorders of eye and ENT, surgery, obstetrics/gynaecology and paediatrics, among others.
The five-and-a-half-year programme includes a year of compulsory rotatory internship programme through which students put into practice what they learn in classrooms. "Students are also trained and groomed through various extra-curricular activities like interfaculty and inter-university debates, quiz and other such competitive events," says Wani. After completing the BUMS course, graduates have the option of pursuing a PG course. Alternately, they may get absorbed as medical officers in state and central government institutions like CGHS, MCD, state health departments, primary health centres, dispensaries, etc. Graduates may also be appointed as assistant professors/lecturers at government as well as private teaching colleges. They can also start their private practice in clinics, polyclinics and nursing homes.
The university has 50 seats for the programme. Eligible students should have completed their Senior Secondary School (XII/intermediate) examination with physics, chemistry and biology from CBSE or any other examination recognised by Jamia Hamdard as equivalent, securing at least 50% marks in the aggregate as well as in physics, chemistry and biology.
They should also have proficiency in Urdu language, which is comparable to the High School (class X) standard in addition to knowledge of English.
Source:Times of India
|EAMCET 2013: Final allotment, fee particulars, Reimbursement and refund details
Hyderabad,Oct 2 EAMCET final phase counselling has been completed and college – branch wise allotments are placed in web site. These candidates have no claim on Phase-I allotted college, as they have exercised option to join in the final phase allotted college. Request for re-allotment to any other college or course will not be entertained by APSCHE as this is final allotment. The students are directed to report at the allotted college on or before 05-10-2013.
College and branch wise allotment details are available at apeamcet.nic.in/college_allotment.aspx
Income certificate for claiming fee reimbursement eligibility has to be submitted at the help line centre and get revised receipt of certificates and revised allotment order before 05-10-2013.
For any reason if the candidate is not able to submit the income certificate before 05-10-2013, he can report at the college now but it can be submitted only at college where he has joined.
Refund of fee paid
The candidates can avail the option of refund of fee paid in the following cases
If he/she has cancelled the allotted seat
If he/she have paid more amount through challan in phase-1 i.e., if fee to be paid for final phase allotted college minus fee actually paid through challan in phase1 is lesser than zero
If he/ she has paid the fee through challan but later submitted income certificate
The candidates are advised to claim refund [if any] from the Convenor by submitting original challan and a letter containing your communication address to The Convenor, Eamcet-2013 Admissions, S.V.Bhavan, Masab Tank Hyderabad-500 028 in person or by Speed Post .
|MBBS Supplementary Exam in 60 days
Chennai,Sep 27 First-year MBBS students awaiting results can heave a sigh of relief. If they have failed, they no longer have to wait for six more months to write their exams. At a recent governing council meeting of the Tamil Nadu Dr M.G.R. Medical University, the decision of introducing supplementary exams within 60 days after the announcement of the results was finalised.
This applies to candidates admitted from the academic year 2012-13 onwards. “First-year admission takes place in August and they write exams after a year. There are three subjects- anatomy, physiology and bio-chemistry. Earlier, we had the break system where failed students had to wait for six months to clear the papers,” said an official of the medical university.
Students in the final year now say that the break system was their biggest disadvantage. “Instead of going on to the second year, failed candidates had to study the same subjects for six more months in a separate classroom. Even if only two or three students failed in a subject, professors would teach them separately.
So, till the end they could not join their batch,” said a final-year student of a government college, welcoming the supplementary exam as it will help many students in the coming years.
Dr Jhansi Charles, registrar of the university, said failed candidates could take the exam and, after clearing it, join the main regular batch. “This supplementary exam system is already being followed by medical universities in Karnataka and Kerala,” she pointed out.
Any number of failed subjects can be attempted and if candidates fail in the supplementary exam, they should appear in the subsequent year of examination.
|MBBS allotment rank list mystery unresolved
Kochi,Sep 24 The mystery of the last rank in the newly established Manjeri Government Medical College going up from 737 in the second allotment to 680 in the third allotment remained unresolved on Monday too.
CEE B.S. Mavoji, even after verifying with officials in the Entrance Commissionerate, could not convincingly explain the reason. He said some students might have opted out of Manjeri medical college after second allotment, and students with higher ranks were allotted to these seats in the college in the third allotment based on their higher options.
However, he could not explain why these students were not allotted to the Manjeri medical college based on their options in the second allotment itself. Moreover, there was no provision for option rearrangement or deletion in the third allotment.
When it was pointed out that such changes had no impact on the allotment in other government medical colleges, he could not explain why. He said that he had not received any specific complaint in this regard from any student and if there was any anomaly such a complaint would have landed at his desk.
When contacted, Director of Medical Education Dr V. Geetha said she was yet to spot the matter. “The allotment process is handled by the CEE and he is the competent person to answer it. I will get the list of the admitted students after the admission closes on September 30,” she said.
|Engineering seats allotment today
Hyderabad,Sep 17 The allotment of seats to engineering rankers under convener quota will be declared on Monday, drawing to a close a month-long crucial exercise. According to Dr Raghunath, Chief Camp officer of counselling, “the allotments will be processed and released on September 17 after 06.00 pm and details of the seat allotted to each candidate will be sent through SMS as per the mobile numbers furnished by them at the time of certificate verification”.
He asked the candidates to download the allotment order from “candidates login” by entering their registration number, hall ticket Number, Password and date of birth and also the Bank challan form for the payment of fee if any. “The fee indicated in the allotment order has to be paid in any one of the branches of Indian Bank or Andhra Bank across the state and obtain a receipt from the bank. In respect of Fee Reimbursement cases no challan will be downloaded and should report to the college on or before September 23” he explained.
Anxiety has gripped hundreds of students as they have been waiting for the day since it will decide the college and branch they are going to study for the next four years. “Not just that, it will also decide our future. The college and branch would be our future for the next 40 years, to say precisely” Venugopala Reddy who got above 13,000 rank said. Some of the students have been making plans for shifting of colleges from now itself, if they don’t get the one they have opted for. “What’s use in joining a college and branch which I don’t want to study.
I opted for Gokaraju as my top option and CVSR as the second one. If I don’t get in any one of them, I will try for another one, even if it is in management quota” T.R. Vivekananda Murthy, another ranker said. Majority of the rankers see the campus record first and availability of faculty and material to do a worthy project which can help in our job pursuits” Vyshnavi Meduri, a ranker from Vizag said. Colleges in and around Hyderabad continued to attract students this year and it remains to be seen how many of them would get seats in the convener quota.
This would also decide the fate of many colleges situated in smaller towns and municipalities, which are expected to get zero admissions. According to one estimate nearly 60 to 80 colleges may have to close their shop as they may not be preferred by rankers.
The counseling for Bi PC stream has started on Monday and as many as 2076 candidates have turned up for certificate verification, The verification of certificates will go on up to September 21 at all the helpline centres, in addition, CSD St. Theresa Autonomous College for Women, Eluru in West Godavari district were also added. Candidates can also register their options simultaneously till September 21. With regard to ICET admissions, a total of 57 019 candidates have attended for certificate verification.
|Eamcet web options to begin on August 30
Hyderabad,Aug 27 As the certificate verification for engineering college admissions has been going on a satisfactory note in spite of Polytechnic All Lecturers Association (PALA) of Seemandhra boycotting duties at the counselling centres, the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has decided to commence the exercise of web options by candidates on August 30 and first-year classes by September 15.
The exercise of web options had earlier been scheduled for August 22 but was postponed amidst protests and boycott of duties at the counselling centres by polytechnic college lecturers in protest against the Centre’s decision to bifurcate the state. Twenty of the 39 counselling centres in the two regions continue to report nil attendance and the process has not begun at all in Anantapur and Vizinagaram districts. On the other hand, counselling at 22 centres in Telangana has been smooth.
However, the number of candidates who attended the certificate verification in Seemandhra is less than that in Telangana. About 38,870 candidates from Seemandhra and 41,494 from Telangana attended the verification. On Monday, 5,764 candidates attended certificate verification in Seemandhra and 5,372 in Telangana.
Rao said they were making alternative arrangements in Seemandhra to expedite the verification process. The APSCHE has decided to SMS all the candidates those who missed the verification asking them to attend scrutiny at the nearest counselling centre. APSCHE set up an additional counselling centre at Mohan Degree College at Kakinada on Monday.
|Eamcet counselling picks up pace
Hyderabad,Aug 24 The situation regarding Eamcet engineering counselling has improved in the Seemandhra region, especially after the Andhra Pradesh High Court order on August 20 directing the government to ensure the smooth conduct of the counselling.
Counselling has been disrupted in a majority of the centres in Seemandhra right from Day-1 on August 19 with the staff going on strike and United Andhra Pradesh activists laying siege to the centres protesting against the proposed bifurcation of the state.
On the first day, only 15 centres out of the 34 in the Seemandhra region functioned with utmost difficulty.
However, they witnessed a poor attendance of students with only 1,896 turning up though students from Rank 1 to 15,000 were called for counselling.
The attendance improved on August 20 with 3,259 registered for counselling. It further increased to 4,216 on August 21, to 4,791 on August 22 and to 6,018 on Friday.
Though 20 centres still remain non-functional in the region, attendance has improved in the centres that are functioning with the state government making the necessary security and staff arragements to conduct the counselling.
The counselling centres were also increased from 34 to 38 and 18 of them are functioning amid tight security.
|Eamcet delay helps TN, Karnataka colleges
Chennai,Aug 23 The delay in Eamcet counselling is reportedly benefiting the private engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as around 40,000 students from Rayalaseema have taken admissions in the colleges of nearby states. The Samaikyandhra stir which is now rocking the Rayalseema and Coastal Andhra regions has hit Eamcet counseling and this has hit the private colleges in the region.
The authorities have failed to complete counselling even though Eamcet results were announced two months ago. The counselling was again delayed by the ongoing Samaikyandhra agitation since the last 22 days in the Seemandhra region. An education expert observed that a group of private engineering colleges from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were making efforts to fill the seats in their colleges mainly by students from Andhra Pradesh.
Recalling previous years, he said, “Students from Andhra Pradesh studied in the private engineering colleges of Karnataka, which better infrastructure.” The delay in Eamcet counselling is affecting admissions in state engineering colleges. The number is likely to increase if the situation continues.
In Anantapur district, only two private engineering colleges managed to successfully fill all the seats last year. No admissions were reported in some branches last year. Women engineering colleges in the region were also facing a difficult situation due to the delay in Eamcet counselling.
JNTUA authorities observed that many private engineering colleges are facing a crisis due to migration of students to other neighboring states. Prof. K. Prahlada Rao of JNTUA said that many engineering colleges will see a sharp fall in admissions.
|Court okays online seats for Eamcet
Hyderabad,Aug 21 The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday partially upheld the state government’s decision to mandate management quota (category B) admissions online in unaided non-minority engineering colleges.
The court ruled that the admission process should be online and directed the state government to allow colleges to prepare merit lists of candidates and also to allow the managements to interview candidates before granting admissions.
The bench granted the managements the liberty to accept applications from candidates in the form of hard copies and to process in accordance with the rules but asked them to record the reasons for rejecting seats to particular students.
The court, however, ruled that the decision of reducing the NRI quota from 15 per cent to 5 per cent was not sustainable.
HC rules out NRI quota cut
A division Bench of the AP High Court comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice G. Rohini ruled out reduction in NRI quota in Eamcet.
While vacating the stay, the Bench observed that the managements and the authorities of the Higher Education department should resolve the Eamcet admission row through consultations.
|Eamcet Counselling disrupted
Hyderabad,Aug 21 Counselling for admissions to Engineering colleges in the Seemandhra region was hit for the second consecutive day on Tuesday due to the ongoing strike against the central government’s decision to bifurcate the state.
The process of certificates verification was stalled at many places as officials boycotted their duties. Majority of the 34 centres in Seemandhra were shut due to the strike by government employees. The Eamcet officials said the counselling could not be held at 14 centres in the region on Tuesday, the second day of counselling.
In Telangana, however, counselling went off smoothly at all the 22 centres, including six in Hyderabad. According to officials, 5,268 candidates registered in Telangana for verification of their certificates while 3,259 registered in Seemandhra, taking the total to 8,527 out of the 15,000 ranks.
Over 200 students from Seemandhra also got their certificates verified at centres in Telangana. Officials pointed out that students could get their certificates verified at any centre in the state. On Monday, 5,500 candidates had turned up for the registration.
Polytechnic college teachers posted at the centres boycotted their duties in response to the call given by their association. The students’ problems were also compounded due to the strike by workers of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation as the buses remained off the roads for the eighth consecutive day.
State Council for Higher Education has said that students who can’t get their certificates verified due to the ongoing protests in Seemandhra can do so on any day till September 1.
The Council is going ahead with the counselling on the directions of the High Court despite appeals from some sections in Seemandhra to postpone it in view of the political turmoil.
|Eamcet Counselling begins amid chaos
Nellore,Aug 20 Despite protests by Samaikyandhra activists, district officials managed to commence the counselling for admissions into Engineering stream notwithstanding to the strike by polytechnic lecturers, who are responsible for the conduct of counselling, here on Monday.
Students of Samaikyandhra JAC pulled off the cable wires of the computers at the counselling centre in Government Polytechnic at Venkateswarapuram and thwarted the attempts by the officials to start the exercise.
Police rushed to the spot and detained the activists paving way for conducting the process one hour behind schedule. The counselling was started more than two hours behind schedule at the Women's Polytechnic as there was none to open the centre.
District collector N. Srikant rushed to the spot and convinced the principal to conduct the process after lecturers expressed their inability to take part as they were participating in strike.
The collector deputed district tribal welfare officer Narayanudu, deputy director of social welfare Viswamohan Reddy and district BC welfare officer Sanjiva Rao to the centre to conduct the process.
SC Corporation ED Dr Somaiah and BC Corporation ED Dr Koteswar Rao along with Setnel CEO Sudhakar were sent to Boys Polytechnic at Venkateswarapuram to carry out the process.
Some contract computer operators from different departments have been sent to assist the officers to scan and record the data of the original certificates of the students which are being verified by the officials. There was some problem in verifying the caste certificates as entire revenue department staff was in strike. Senior officials checked the certificates as there was no other alternative.
Project director of DRDA Venkata Subbaiah monitored the exercise in the absence of Nellore RDO Madhavi Latha, who is on leave.
Additional joint collector Ch. Penchal Reddy also visited the counselling centres as per the directions of the collector.
Meanwhile, parents of the students expressed displeasure against those leading the Samaikyandhra agitation while pointing to difficulties being faced by the students in attending the counselling due to lack of transportation. “It is OK if counselling is not taking place anywhere in the state. But it is in progress at Telangana region. It is wrong to obstruct the admission process because it pertains to future of the children,” a parent Parandhamaiah said.
Some of the parents poured their woes in attending to the counselling before the additional joint collector Penchal Reddy.
Meanwhile, collector N. Srikant told this newspaper that he will ensure the counselling exercise will continue without causing any difficulty to the students.
|Students face Eamcet chaos
Hyderabad,Aug 19 Over 75,000 students from Seemandhra might be forced to travel to Telangana to attend the Eamcet Engineering counselling scheduled to begin from Monday. While the government has stated that there is no question of postponing the counselling at this stage, the Seemandhra government employees’ JAC said that it has decided to boycott counselling to protest the state’s bifurcation.
The United AP JAC, comprising all sections of people of Seemandhra region, too, has said that it won’t allow Eamcet counselling to take place till the Centre rolls back the bifurcation. Students from Seemandhra region will, thus, be left with no other option but to travel to Telangana to attend the counselling.
There are 34 counselling centres in Seemandhra and 22 in Telangana. The government, meanwhile, is considering options such as allowing students from Seemandhra to opt for their preferred colleges and courses in the Web-based counselling without attending the counselling centres for certificate verification. However, there are fears that it may lead to complications.
United AP activists want Eamcet counselling put off
The Samaikhya Rashtra Parirakshana Vedika on Sunday demanded that the government should postpone counselling for admission into engineering colleges scheduled from Monday.
The meeting of Parirakshana Vedika, which has been formed on the lines of the political Joint Action Committee for Telangana, was attended by representatives from AP NGOs Association, TD legislator P. Keshav, Congress leader N. Tulasi Reddy, noted singer Ghazal Srinivas and Janachaitanya vedika state president V. Lakshmana Reddy.
The meeting discussed about the future course of action to strengthen the struggle for unified AP. Later, speaking to media, Keshav said people of Andhra and Rayalaseema have been fighting against the decision to divide the state without any political parties’ patronage. One shall respect the agitation which is spontaneous and highly emotional, he said.
APNGOs leaders said careers of lakhs of students their regions would be at stake if the government went ahead with counselling. The employees who should issue certificates and those who must verify it are on strike. Besides, the RTC strike has made it difficult for students and parents to attend the counselling.
|College Info Not Yet Given to Students
Hyderabad,Aug 15 Students opting for engineering colleges in the ensuing Eamcet counselling. Scheduled to commence on August 19. have to do tso at their own risk. The reason, the state government has kept the students totally in dark, by not disclosing the inspection reports submitted by the task forces regarding the availability of infrastructure facilities such as requisite classrooms, libraries, computer labs etc. and qualified faculty in over 680 private engineering colleges across the state. The inspection found that the majority of engineering colleges, in the state, do not have adequate faculty and infrastructure, The officials of higher and technical education departments had said that the reports will be put in the public domain, to enable students to take informed decision. However, months after the inspection repots were submitted to the AFRC,the officials failed to make them public. They have also said that the reports would be submitted to the AP High Court which also, they haven't done as yet.
|NO CERTIFICATE FOR EAMCET RANKERS
Hyderabad,Aug 15 There seems to be no end to the problems of hundreds of candidates seeking admission in various engineering colleges. Hardlu had they heaved a sigh of relief following the recent announcement of the counselling dates for admissions to engineering colleges, they have another problem starting in the face Revenue officials boycotting their duties in support of the samaikyandhra movement. As a result, hundreds of candidates haven't been able to prpcure their caste and income certificate it's must for them to produce such documents during the counselling. stating on August 19. "we had applied for the permanent income certificates 10 days ago.. we ate yet to procure them, although officials ate supported to supply those documents within 24 hours". said Ch.Rama Krishna, an Eamcet ranker.Now , the admission fee we paid won't be reimbursed", he said. Vijayawada Urban Tahsildar Shiva Rao said the striking Tehsilders wouldn't call off their strike untill all elected representatives resign. Eamcet regional convener G.Samba Siva Rao. however, termed the situation as unfortunate.
| 28,000 more Engineering seats added this year in AP
Hyderabad,Aug 15 Irrespective of present supply-side crisis in Engineering education, the total number of engineering seats in Andhra Pradesh has gone up to 3,48,000 for the academic year 2013-14, 28,000 more than the previous academic year. Out of these, the total number of seats at the government-run engineering colleges (i.e. university engineering colleges) was about 5,846 and the remaining of 3, 42,140 seats were with the 685 private institutions.
The available number of students to fill these seats is only 1.8 lakh.
A total of 70 % of the 3.42 seats in private colleges will go for convener quota and the remaining 30% can be filled up through Category-B i.e. management quota. All the seats in government colleges will naturally be filled up under convener quota only. Principal Secretary of Higher Education, Ajay Mishra released orders of increased intake in various colleges. While more than 440 colleges decided to continue with existing intake in various streams, the remaining ones have sought for slight increase- ranging from 60 to 180.
Despite a special request from the State cabinet, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has accorded permission for increase of seats. “The cabinet request is not binding on the central body. When a college has asked for increase of seats, they have to go by merit and no governmental request will come in the way” a senior official said. The total intake after withdrawal at the start of EAMCET schedule was 3,19,708. It has now gone over 3.48 lakh. Interestingly, the number of seats available is much higher than the qualifiers. Out of a total of 2,76,995 students who have appeared for the exam, 2,01,308 students have qualified in the engineering stream. Out of this 2.01 lakh, nearly 20,000 students have already joined either in IITs or NITs or colleges outside Andhra Pradesh. So, an estimated 1.80 lakh have only remained for admission in AP colleges.
In all probability, a total of 1.60 lakh seats may remain vacant and even if some other students are given admission based on Intermediate marks, a total of 1.50 lakh will definitely remain unfilled. Meanwhile, only seven colleges have submitted proposals for taking NRI students in their colleges and all were granted approval.
The colleges are - CBIT, Srinidhi Institute of Science and Technology, G. Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Science, Shadan College of Engineering and Technology, Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology, Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering (Vizag) and Pulla Reddy Engineering College ( Kurnool).
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