See-saw battle on EAMCET counselling hits students

Without the 400 colleges in Telangana, the Eamcet counselling loses its significance
Hyderabad: The Telangana and AP governments are exploring various options to gain the upper hand in the Eamcet counselling issue. While AP has stepped up efforts to ensure that counselling begins from August 7, the Telangana government is trying its best to stall it. It is banking on non-allotment of counselling centres or making them “non-functional” in Hyderabad.
The Telangana government is trying to put the approvals and university affiliations of Engineering and Pharmacy colleges in Telangana on hold, on grounds that the colleges need to be inspected to see whether they adhere to stipulated norms of AICTE and the state government.
As per existing norms, AICTE approval alone is not enough to begin counselling and the state governments have to approve each and every college. JNTU-Hyderabad too has to extend its affiliation before the colleges are included in counselling. Without the 400 colleges in Telangana, the Eamcet counselling loses its significance.
As per the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, students in Telangana and AP are eligible for 20 per cent seats under unreserved quota in all colleges irrespective of the state they belong to and Eamcet rankers opt for these seats in top government colleges, most of which are located in and around Hyderabad.
Unless the Telangana government gives its approval and JNTU-H gives affiliation, it’s not possible to include these colleges in counselling.
Also, the 22 counselling centres in Telangana, including six in Hyderabad, are most crucial to conduct counselling as majority of students visit these centres to attend counselling.
The Telangana government is now considering “non-allotment” of these centres barring which it will try to make them non-functional by encouraging the staff to boycott duties. Both governments are now waiting for the Supreme Court’s verdict as the Eamcet counselling postponement case filed by Telangana will come up for hearing on August 4.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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