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EAMCET likely to be rescheduled 6-Mar-2014
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
EAMCET 2014 Online Registration / Application available from 20th Feb 11-Feb-2014
,Feb 11 The Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) for the year 2014 filling up of the online registration / application form commences from 20th February. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad is all set to conduct Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET 2014) on behalf of APSCHE.

EAMCET 2014 is the qualifying entrance exam for admission to the first year of the following Under Graduate

Professional courses offered for the academic year 2014-15 in the University & Private unaided and affiliated Professional colleges in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The courses are offered in: B.E., B.Tech. / B.Tech. (Bio-Tech.) / B.Tech. (Diary Technology)/ B.Tech. (Ag. Engineering)/ B. Pharmacy / B.Tech. (Food Science and Technology (FST)) / B.Sc. (Commercial Agri. & Business Mgt. (CA & BM)). B.Sc. (Ag.) / B.Sc. (Hort.) / B.V.Sc. & A.H. / B.F.Sc. MBBS / BDS BAMS / BHMS / BNYS. Pharm-D.

Important dates: Commencement of submission of application form is 20th February 2014. Last date for the submission of application form is 04th April 2014 (without late fee). Last date for the submission of application form is 14th May 2014 (with late fee). Downloading the admit card from the website from 02nd to 16th May 2014. EAMCET 2014 exam will be held on 17th May 2014.

Contact details: EAMCET - 2014 office, Examinations Building, Ground Floor, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, Hyderabad - 500085. Ph: 040 - 23150362.

EAMCET 2014 Time Table 11-Feb-2014
,Feb 11 The Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE), Hyderabad has announced the time table for EAMCET 2014 entrance exam. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad is all set to conduct Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET 2014) on behalf of APSCHE. EAMCET 2014 is the qualifying entrance exam for admission to the first year of the following Under Graduate Professional courses offered for the academic year 2014-15 in the University & Private unaided and affiliated Professional colleges in the State of Andhra Pradesh.

EAMCET 2014 Time Table:

Stream: Date: Time: Engineering (E) 17th May 2014 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM Agriculture and Medical (AM) 17th May 2014 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM E and AM (both streams) 17th May 2014 as above

IT majors go to rural IIITs 26-Dec-2013
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 26-Dec-2013
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 12-Nov-2013
,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 2-Oct-2013
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
Fee Reimbursement 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 27-Sep-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
MBBS allotment rank list mystery unresolved 24-Sep-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Engineering seats allotment today 17-Sep-2013
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.

Engineering admissions drop further 16-Sep-2013
Hyderabad,Sep 16 Admissions in engineering courses are likely to witness further drop this year as more students have opted out of the stream, according to official information. As the deadline for making corrections in web options ended on 15th September evening at 9 pm, as many as 1,573 rankers have stayed away. While the total number of candidates who attended for certificate verification was 1,30,289, the number of rankers who have given their options was only 1,28,716, marking a decline in the number. This is in addition to nearly 800 rankers who have already decided to skip the web counselling and taken away their certificates from the officials.

The seat allocation will be done on September 17 at 6 pm and students have to join their respective colleges on September 23. It remains to be seen how many more would drop out at the time of joining. It is expected that more than 1.75 lakh seats out of a total of 3.46 seats would remain unfilled this year.

Officials have announced that the second round of counseling will commence from September 24 to 27, depending upon the joining. A total of 47,723 rankers have changed their options and the total number of options received were 41, 26,650, according to Dr. Raghunath, Chief Counseling Camp Officer. The situation in ICET is no different as just 55 781 have attended for certificate verification.

Source:Hans India
Second Counselling 637 Medical seats filled 13-Sep-2013
Vijayawada,Sep 13 The second phase of counselling for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in various colleges of the state started 12th Septemebr at Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Hyderabad. Two centres have been allotted to Hyderabad, to Osmania University and JNTU campus. The second and final phase of counselling will conclude on September 17.In all, 637 MBBS seats were filled at five centres on Thursday. Counselling will be held for the rankers of 2,001 to 4,000 on Friday, said Dr NTR University of Health Sciences in a press release. - See more at: http://www.sakshieducation.com/(S(5b3c4jvzcst5yp2hfcdoicaw))/EnglishStory.aspx?nid=57213&cid=2&sid=115&chid=0&tid=0#sthash.HF7rXZXf.dpuf
Eamcet web options to begin on August 30 27-Aug-2013
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.

Source:Indian Express
Eamcet counselling picks up pace 24-Aug-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Eamcet delay helps TN, Karnataka colleges 23-Aug-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Students can choose any centre 22-Aug-2013
Hyderabad,Aug 22 Justice Nooty Ramamohana Rao of the AP High Court on Wednesday allowed students to attend counselling in any centre, irrespective of the region they come from.

The judge also directed police authorities to provide protection to all the counselling centres and ensure that counselling goes on smoothly.

Eamcet options put off

The thin attendance of students in the ongoing Eamcet engineering counselling, due to disruption in Seemandhra region, has forced the government to postpone the ‘option-entry’ schedule indefinitely.

Students who attended for certification verification in the counselling are supposed to exercise their options on the web on their preferred colleges and courses from August 22. This has now been postponed. Fresh schedule will be notified soon. However, the ongoing certificate verification will go on as scheduled.

Though majority of the counselling centres in Seemandhra region continue to remain non-functional, attendance has been improving with each passing day.

On the first day, just 1,896 students have attended in Seemandhra region, which increased to 3,250 on Tuesday and to 4,216 on Wednesday. The corresponding figures in Telangana region are 3,846 on Day-1, which increased to 5,216 and 5,268 respectively on subsequent days.

“The fresh dates for option-entry will be announced soon. We want to ensure maximum attendance for counselling,” said Sathi Reddy, secretary, AP SCHE.

Officials have set up 34 counselling centres in Seemandhra region. However, only 15 and 14 centres have functioned on the first two days.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Court will monitor counselling: Judge 22-Aug-2013
Hyderabad,Aug 22 After the disruption kof Eamcet counselling, the Ap High Court has ruled to provide protection in counselling centres. The AP High Court was dealing with a writ petition by E.Roja and six others from Anantapur disstrict, seeking a direction to the state government to provide adequate security arrangements at counselling centres across the state counselling has commenced no August 19 across the state but there are fears that the ongoing seemandhra agitation will derail the process.

Taking a firm stance, the judge said he hoped that the authorities have taken effective measures for the smooth completion of the counselling in Andhra and rayalaseema regions.

While adjourning the hearing to next week, the Judge said that the court will monitor the counselling process.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Certificate verification will go on as scheduled Eamcet options put off 22-Aug-2013
Hyderabad,Aug 22 The thin attendance of students in the ongoing Eamcet engineering counselling. due to disruption in seemandhra regions,has forced the government to postpone the option-entry schedule indefinitely.

Student who attended for certification verification in the counselling are supposed to exercise their options on the web on their preferred colleges and course from August 22. This has now been postponed Fresh schedule will be notified soon.

However, the engineering certificate verification will go on as scheduled.

Though majority of the counselling centres in seemandhra region continue to remain non-functional attendance has been improving with eac passing day.

On tge first day just 1,896 students have attended in seemandhra region. Which increased to 3,250 on Tuesday and to 4,216 on wednesday, The corresponding figures in Telangana region are 3,846 on Day-1, which increased to 5216 and 5,268 respectivily on subsequent days.

"The fresh dates for option entry will be announced soon, We want to ensure maximum attendance for counselling" said Sathi Reddy, secretary,APSCHE.

Official have set up 34 counselling centres in seemandhra region. However, only 15 and 14 centers have functioned on the first days.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Court okays online seats for Eamcet 21-Aug-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Eamcet Counselling disrupted 21-Aug-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Seemandhra Stir hits Eamcet hard 20-Aug-2013
Hyderabad,Aug 20 Eamcet engineering counselling on Day 1 was disrupted in the Seemandhra region on Monday, putting the state government in a fix. Defying the threats by United AP avtivists, the government went ahead with the counselling as scheduled as per the directions of the AP High court However, it failed to make necessary arrangement for the smooth conduct of the counselling. It failed to appoint temporary staff to conduct the counselling after all the polytechnic lecturers and other government staff had joined the strike to protest the bifurcation of the state. As a result, students and parents had a harrowing experience when they attended the counselling. Agitators laid slege to all the 34 counselling centres in the region and did not allow counselling to take place on the first day till noon, Te officials could counduct counselling with utmost difficulty in 15 centres by evening.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Eamcet Counselling begins amid chaos 20-Aug-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Students face Eamcet chaos 19-Aug-2013
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.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
College Info Not Yet Given to Students 15-Aug-2013
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.
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.
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