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Few takers for engineering books

Few takers for engineering books
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The Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) counselling which witnessed a poor turnout has affected book dealers in...

More than 65,000 engineering seats are lying vacant in engineering colleges of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states after the first phase of EAMCET counselling

Hyderabad: The Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) counselling which witnessed a poor turnout has affected book dealers in Hyderabad. The ever busy street book bazaar at Koti seems not as vibrant as it was last year.

Kamal Kishore Sharma, owner of Rajkamal Book Centre, Koti, said that this year’s sale of engineering books had gone down as compared to last year. “I anticipated that the delay in counselling would affect my sales so I kept my stock low this time to avoid losses.”

More than 65,000 engineering seats are lying vacant in engineering colleges of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states after the first phase of EAMCET counselling and with the Supreme Court refusing the plea of Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) to conduct the second round of counselling for engineering courses, aspirants opted for alternatives.

Engineering first year students Pratibha from St Peters College, Medchal, and N Vijay Kumar from VJIT, Chilkoor, said they opted for management seats as they feared that they would lose one academic year.

Sardar Gulbahar Singh of Knowledge Book Distributor said that most of the aspiring engineering and medical students from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regions have shifted to Chennai or Bengaluru to pursue engineering studies, the percentage of such migrations have increased this year due to the delay in counselling and that has affected the book sale as well.

The same was the plight of other book stores in Koti. Varun Kumar of Venkateshwara Publishers said that this year’s sale has gone down to 10 per cent as compared to last year. “Last year’s collection for a week would be Rs 2 lakh but now Rs 30,000 is the maximum collection,” he added.

With the settlement of the whole issue, the book dealers at Koti hope to have a good sale next year onwards.

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