TS & AP at loggerheads, again!

TS & AP at loggerheads, again!

While decks have been cleared for the admissions in 174 Telangana private engineering colleges, the Telangana State Council of Higher Education...

The SC has given its nod for the 2nd phase of counselling in TS. But with APSCHE firm on conducting counselling in Telangana, students will be in a spot of bother

Hyderabad: While decks have been cleared for the admissions in 174 Telangana private engineering colleges, the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) are once again at loggerheads over the conduct of counselling.

APSCHE says that it has competent authority as per AP Re-organisation Act for holding admissions in Telangana. However, TSCHE says that as the admissions are only for 174 private engineering colleges in Telangana, it will conduct the counselling. This is the bone of contention between the two councils which has led to confusion among students.

APSCHE chairman Prof. L Venugopal Reddy said that APSCHE has the competent authority for conducting counselling. “We are waiting for the judgment copy from the apex court. Once we receive it, CET committee will finalise dates for counselling. A notification will be released on October 31,” Reddy informed.

He also informed that counselling should not be termed as second counselling. The admissions will be taken up only for 174 colleges that lost affiliation before the first counselling. Reddy made it clear that admissions process will be completed by November 14 as per the Supreme Court’s directions.

Reddy mentioned that there will not be a sliding process for the students who enrolled themselves into the colleges in the first phase of counselling.

However, TSCHE chairman Papi Reddy reiterated that the council has all the rights for holding admissions for colleges in the State. “The apex court has given permission for colleges in Telangana. Our advocate general has informed the apex court that the Telangana government will conduct counselling and the Supreme Court agreed to it. There is no question of APSCHE conducting it,” Reddy said.

He informed that a notification will be released after consulting Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a nod for admissions to 174 colleges. These colleges were de-affiliated by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad (JNTU- H) citing lack of infrastructure and faculty. The colleges could not participate in the first counselling though they had got conditional clearance from the Hyderabad High Court.

According to an official of JNTU-H, an expert group comprising Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad and BITS Pilani-Hyderabad officials will inspect the colleges.

Telangana Private Engineering and Professional College Managements Association said that JNTU-H had taken a decision of de-affiliating colleges in haste. “We expected that apex court would deliver the verdict in our favour and are elated that it happened. The judgment should be taken in a positive way. Hereafter the JNTU- H should not trouble the colleges and students,” he appealed.

With the apex court’s verdict, about 10,000 students in Telangana are likely to participate in the counselling.

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