APSCHE splits into two


APSCHE splits into two. In a major development, the AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), the central body of Higher Education in the state,...

Hyderabad: In a major development, the AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), the central body of Higher Education in the state, is now in the process of splitting into two, following the bifurcation of the state. The allocation of work, workforce for the new states- Telangana and Seemandhra is being done, as per the directions of the Chief Secretary and the Committee on Birfurcation. Since May 15 is given the deadline, some of the officials of the Council were specially drafted for the bifurcation work.

The Council has a sanctioned staff strength of 38 members but at present, the number of staff is 26 and three consultants. The sanctioned staff will be allotted as per their regions and in the ratio of 55:45, according to sources. This is the silver jubilee year of the Council.
Although the work is bifurcated, the council would continue to function for an initial period of five months after June 2, the appointed day of the new state of Telangana. “If the new government that assumes office in Telangana decided to have its own Higher Education Council, it can do so in consultation with the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh and make its own arrangements. The state universities, colleges along with other institutes of higher learning in the Telangana region would come into its purview. But it should not be at the cost of academic schedule and the interests of the students” top sources said.
The Council has presently a chairman, two vice-chairmen and a secretary. One of the Vice-chairmen, Prof S Satyanarayana, has not yet joined although he was appointed when Kiran Kumar Reddy was the Chief Minister. A close confidante of Damodara Rajanarasimha, Prof Satyanarayana is tipped to become the first Chairman of the Council for the state of Telangana. “Of course, it all depends on the new government, the new Chief Minister and his priorities. There is a long way to go” Satyanarayana quipped some time ago.
AFRC to be included in the X schedule
Meanwhile, the Admissions and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) which takes care of fee fixation and overseeing the admissions in professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, MCA, MBA, B Ed etc will find a place in the Tenth schedule of AP Reorganization Act. Efforts are on to make it since the Centre has not included in the list of 107 institutions in the tenth schedule.
But questions may arise that what would happen to the recommendations of AFRC on the fee structure of various engineering and other professional colleges. These recommendations were made for a period of three years and will have to be in force up to 2016. Whether the newly formed Telangana state would continue this or may go in for fresh assessment remains to be seen.
The fee structure of medical colleges is yet to be fixed and the AFRC has concluded hearing the arguments of medical college managements on Monday.
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