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SC allows second phase of counselling

SC allows second phase of counselling
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The 174 engineering and pharmacy colleges, which were denied permission by the JNTU Hyderabad to admit students, got a shot in the arm as the Supreme...

Shot in the arm for 174 pvt engg colleges

  • Counselling to end on Nov. 14
  • First semester from November 15 to January 31
  • 527 hours of classes to be completed without working on Sundays
  • Classes cannot be held for more than 8 hours a day
  • Second semester from February 15 till June-end

Hyderabad: The 174 engineering and pharmacy colleges, which were denied permission by the JNTU Hyderabad to admit students, got a shot in the arm as the Supreme Court gave its verdict on Wednesday permitting the government to conduct the second phase of counselling.

The Supreme Court said the second phase would be limited to students who have not joined any college.

Students who are already admitted would not have a sliding option. It further said that the first semester has to be completed as per AICTE schedule with ensuring 527 hours of academic work. It said that colleges should not conduct classes on Sundays and added that colleges cannot hold classes for more than eight hours a day.

The apex court directed the government to conclude the counselling by November 14 and commence classes from November 15. It said that the first semester should begin from November 15 and conclude on January 31. It also stated that the second semester should begin from February 15 and conclude by June ending.

The judgment is likely to benefit around 12,000 students. Of these about 3,000 were not allotted seats in the first phase counselling due to various reasons and the remaining did not report to the colleges despite being offered seats.

JNTU Registrar N V Ramana Rao said that the Supreme Court granted conditional permission for second phase of counselling. “The colleges now have to go through re-inspection by teams from IIT Hyderabad and BITS Pilani Hyderabad as per the Supreme Court order.”

Reacting to the verdict of the Supreme Court, the managements of Engineering colleges said though they were not totally satisfied with the outcome, it would at least keep them in the race for next year. Moreover, some of the good colleges that lost out due to faulty and motivated inspections of JNTU would be benefitted at least next year, said Suneel, representative of Telangana Engineering and Professional Colleges Managements Association.

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