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APSCHE not sure of reining in of brokers

APSCHE not sure of reining in of brokers
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APSCHE not sure of reining in of brokers. The Admissions Committee of EAMCET will be meeting here on Thursday to discuss various options that have to...

Admissions panel to meet again today on EAMCET reforms

Hyderabad: The Admissions Committee of EAMCET will be meeting here on Thursday to discuss various options that have to be taken during the admission process of engineering courses in the state. The committee which works under the supervision of the AP State Council of Higher Education, though adopted some measures to check irregularities that take place during the admissions, decided to have a relook to stem the rot.

The Committee has recently decided to stop the scratch card system which has been misused by many private engineering colleges. The institutions, by knowing the password of the cards, have been enticing the rankers with attractive incentives in order to increase the admissions in their colleges. The rural students have fallen prey to the brokers and middlemen of the institutes who jump into action well before the results are out. This has been going on unabated since 2008.

The Council, which has allowed the candidates to give his choices on the college and course of study from Internet cafes and even from their homes till last year- has, this time, decided to make registration of web options even during the process of verification of certificates itself.

It declared that only the student along with his or her parent or guardian should enter into the helpline centres (HLC) during the registration of web options and none else. The students should specify the name of HLC in their application beforehand.

It has also decided to increase the number of helpline centres from the present 53 to 80. With these measures, the Council felt that it can stop the irregularities to an extent.

But now, doubts have arisen that breach of rules may occur even after taking these steps. “We have to outsource the work in HLCs. The staff is not government employees and any of them can leak the information (of students) to the private colleges and help the institutions resort to foul means. Moreover, it would incur an extra amount of Rs 5-6 crore for increasing the staff (to the tune of 2500) at HLCs. We have to meet this additional financial burden as well” Prof L Venugopala Reddy, Chairman of APSCHE told The Hans India. So, the Admissions Committee would discuss these issues again and may redraw the strategy if necessary, he added.

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