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Engineering admissions : Fresh row likely over prioritisation

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Doubts over management quota continue No monitoring mechanism from Higher Edn Council A fresh controversy over engineering admissions...

  • Doubts over management quota continue
  • No monitoring mechanism from Higher Edn Council

A fresh controversy over engineering admissions appeared to be brewing on the issue of prioritisation of rankers. The issue has the potential to drag the process again, if any institution or ranker knocks the doors of the High Court. According to GO 74, issued in 2011, priority shall be given to NRI students (5%), followed by AIEEE (now called as JEE Mains) rankers and lastly EAMCET rankers in the process of counselling for admission into first year B Tech courses. The JEE rankers should be given chance irrespective of state, it stated.

A few months back, the Higher Education Ministry has prepared a note which stated that the JEE rankers should be given only 10% of seats and that too, a priority shall be given to JEE Mains rankers from AP. The note was sent to the Chief Minister and till date, no decision has been taken on that front. Now that the High Court paving way for the commencement of Engineering counselling, focus now shifts to this matter, which the officials felt as an urgent issue to be addressed.

The meeting of CET committee, scheduled to be held on Monday next, is likely to take up this issue and may ask the Ministry to ensure speedy clearance at CM’s level. If the Chief Minister clears file, a revised GO has to be issued immediately. But how far this would gain favour from the aspirants remains a key aspect. If 10% of seats go for the JEE rankers- from the chunk earmarked for the Eamcet rankers, naturally there will be some protest, admits an official. If any student, who lost seat on account of this provision, go to the court, then the entire process, may get hampered, he added.

But if the Eamcet rankers are given priority, then the issue may not become that serious, the official averred. Few other doubts that dog the minds of hundreds of rankers were how fairly the private college managements follow the directives of the High Court-with regard to filling up of their quota seats. The court on Thursday directed that the applications shall be made available both online and offline- i.e. at the institution, the Higher Education Council and even at the JNTU. But whether the managements actually receive the applications from the aspirants is doubtful.

The recent example of medical admissions is being cited by several aspirants now. Some of the medical colleges have neither allowed the applicants to up load their applications nor given them the forms when they approached them in person. This resulted in a controversy and the High Court had to intervene and direct the colleges. Even then, the managements, which have already sold off seats to huge amounts, were able to hoodwink the aspirants.

Aspirants have expressed fear that the top rung engineering colleges may also follow the same line. Some of the elite colleges, especially in and around Hyderabad- have already sold seats under their belt to amount ranging from Rs 4-14 lakhs, depending on the branch and college. As there is no strict vigil or foolproof monitoring mechanism from the Higher Education Council, there will be every likelihood of several meritorious students losing seats.

According to GO 74, issued in 2011, priority should be given to NRI students (5%), followed by JEE Mains rankers and lastly Eamcet rankers in the process of counselling for admission into first year B Tech courses

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