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Focus on choosing best college

Focus on choosing best college
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s the schedule for counselling is likely to be announced on Monday, there has been a flurry of activity among the successful candidates to choose the...

  • Students unable to decide the standards of colleges
  • Officials refuse to upload the Task Force report on the website

As the schedule for counselling is likely to be announced on Monday, there has been a flurry of activity among the successful candidates to choose the best engineering college and course. Though most of the rankers have already come to an idea of their preferred ones, they have been discussing this aspect whether to change it in view of the social tensions in Seemandhra region. Aspirants in Hyderabad and surrounding areas have decided their college and branch but the students of seemandhra region, who secured good rank, were learnt to be in a dilemma whether to join in the institutions in Hyderabad or not.

“Our actual intention was to join the colleges in Hyderabad since placements wise, faculty wise, they are the best. But our worry is only on the continuance of faculty since it is the professors who matter most and, of course, the placement record. If the faculty decides to relocate themselves after our first or second year, in view of the troubled times, we will be in trouble. We heard some of the managements of Seemandhra region have been contemplating to shift the base. If it happens, we may have to search for another college” Sirish Pulapaka, Srinivasa Sarma K and Manish Kulasekhar, rankers of Seemandhra region told The Hans India.

But the managements allayed their fears. “They need not worry on the faculty front. Even if the professors go away- not necessarily to Seemandhra region but elsewhere in the country- we can replace with best available people. The relocation issue does not arise since most of the top colleges have built huge campuses and have every right to continue” a Director of top engineering college said.
Altogether, there are 689 private engineering colleges in the state and out of them just 70 have been considered above average. Though the High Court directed the colleges to make available the applications online as well, it is a bitter fact that nearly 30% of colleges have no websites at all.

Though an extensive inspection had been conducted in each and every college by Task Force teams, the reports were not made public. The government has made it clear that the Task Force was formed to bring standards in engineering education by streamlining the entire system, doubts have been cropped up whether the stated goal was achieved or not.

Officials have refused to upload the reports on the website stating that the private colleges may object to it. But many students and parents feel that if they are made public, they can come to an idea on the standard and competence of the colleges. “What’s wrong in making the reports public? After all, the inspections were one with public money and for public understanding only. The details of faculty, the infrastructure, placement records… all these matters of highest importance for a student to join” Harsha Kumar, a parent working in APGENCO felt.

Schedule to be finalised today

A crucial meeting of the CET committee will take place in Hyderabad on Monday to discuss and finalise the schedule of counselling for admissions into first year BTech courses in engineering colleges across the State. The meeting is being held on the direction of High Court which has given a go-ahead for the much-delayed counselling.

In fact, the Court has directed to release the schedule on August 11 itself but due to continuous holidays, it was postponed to Monday. The CET committee will have to address a few more things including holding of counselling in the strife-torn Seemandhra region, releasing amended GO to prioritise Eamcet rankers ahead of JEE Mains rankers etc.

The committee has to send the schedule to the Ministry of Higher Education which is likely to give its nod at once since the court directed for it. But the key question is whether counselling could be taken up from August 19 as schedule or not since most of the government staff will going on an indefinite strike against the decision to bifurcate the state. Out of the 60 help line centres that were set up for web counseling, 35 may not function due to the agitations. “We will assess the situation and come to an idea whether to hold it there or not. But we have decided to release the schedule on the court directive” Prof P Jayaprakasha Rao, Chairman of the Higher Education Council told The Hans India.

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