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Eamcet: Big blow to Telangana State govt

Eamcet: Big blow to Telangana State govt
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Big blow to TS govt, In a big blow to the Telangana government, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to extend the deadline to October 31 for conducting EAMCET counselling in Telangana state.

  • SC refuses to extend deadline
  • TS govt to complete counselling by Aug 31, classes from Sept 1
  • Admissions as per AP Re-organisation Act: SC

Hyderabad: In a big blow to the Telangana government, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to extend the deadline to October 31 for conducting EAMCET counselling in Telangana state. The court, in its final judgment, directed the Telangana government to complete counselling process by August 31 and start classes by September 1. It also said that there were no changes to the ruling that was made on August 4.

The apex court made it clear that admissions should be made as per the Andhra Pradesh Re-Organisation Act which states that quota and existing admissions process should continue for 10 years in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. According to the Act, the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education was the competent authority to hold the admission for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. The SC did not agree with the arguments presented by the Telangana government seeking extension of counselling process. The court observed that students should not be affected due to the state’s division.

The court said admissions should be made as per article 371- D which empowers 85 per cent quota for the locals and 15 per cent for non-local candidates in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. However, the court did not comment on the 1956 cut off for fixing nativity for reimbursing fee to the students under the FAST scheme.

It may be noted that the Telangana government filed a petition in the apex court seeking extension of three months for conducting engineering counselling. In a petition filed last month, the government said that in the wake of the bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh the Telangana government was facing shortage of staff and that it wanted to introduce a new scheme called Financial Assistance for Students of Telangana (FAST) replacing of the existing fee reimbursement.

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