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More trouble brewing between AP and Telangana?

More trouble brewing between AP and Telangana?
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After the common intermediate examinations row, the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments are at loggerheads over the Common Entrance Tests

Hyderabad: After the common intermediate examinations row, the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments are at loggerheads over the Common Entrance Tests (CETs).

The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) chairman Prof. T Papi Reddy said that the council has the authority to hold common entrance tests for both the States as per Section 75 of Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act. On the other hand, AP State Council of Higher Education, chairman (APSCHE), Prof. L Venugopal Reddy, said that APSCHE is the competent authority according to schedule 10 of AP Re-organiation.

Papi Reddy said, “If separate exams are held, the respective governments have to conduct them. And if common entrance tests are held in both the states, TSCHE is the competent authority to hold the exam as the council falls under section 75 of AP Re-organisation Act,” said Papi Reddy.

He added that the government has not yet taken a decision on how to go about CETs in the state. “We have to discuss this with chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. As he is busy with the cabinet expansion and other works, a decision will only be made after the cabinet expansion,” Reddy informed.

Venugopal Reddy also said that he could not discuss the issue with AP human resource development minister Ganta Srinivas Rao as it did not crop up during their last meeting.“We have not yet taken a decision. As per the AP-re-organisation Act, we have been conducting exams for both the states for the last 10 years. We will discuss with the minister for before taking a decision,” APSCHE chairman added.

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