Engg counselling under a cloud

Engg counselling under a cloud

Agitations in Seemandhra is main reason Revenue, polytech employees not to attend work Officials keen on starting the process The...

  • Agitations in Seemandhra is main reason
  • Revenue, polytech employees not to attend work
  • Officials keen on starting the process

The agitations against bifurcation of State in Seemandhra regions have cast a shadow on the much-delayed engineering counselling, scheduled to start on August 19. While the staff of Revenue Department have announced boycott of counselling work, the faculty and staff of Polytechnic colleges in Seemandhra regions -where the majority of help line centres are located have served a notice to go on strike- on Friday. These developments are sure to impact the counseling process, according to officials of Higher Education Council.

However, they are determined to go ahead with the counselling process as announced. “There is no stopping of work. Of course, there is not much problem even if the revenue officers declined to issue certificates of caste, income etc. But if polytechnic colleges’ staff non-cooperates, then there will be a problem. We will try to convince them to spare the counselling work” Raghunath, Chief Counselling Officer told The Hans India. In the worst cases only, the counselling will come to a halt, he added.

“The process has already got delayed by nearly two months. Further delay will hamper the studies of our own children. We appeal to all the public and governmental staff who are agitating to consider the case of engineering counseling differently and help its smooth conduct” he urged. Of total 57 helpline centres in the state, 34 are in Seemandhra and the rest 23 in Telangana districts. There will not be any problem in Telangana region as it is expected a smooth-sailing for the authorities of counselling. Much of the 34 in Seemandhra are to be handled by Polytechnic college staff.

The President of Polytechnic College Lecturers Association Chandrasekhar reportedly served a notice to the Commissioner of Technical Education that the staff has decided to boycott the Eamcet-related work. The Joint Action Committee of Revenue Employees has announced that they have decided to go on strike and there will not be any issuance of certificates- be it for Eamcet-related aspirants or general public. “We have to keep in mind the careers of thousands of students.

After all, they are our children and agitations should not be at the expanse of their studies. Once the work is crippled in Seemandhra region, the counseling in entire state would come to a grinding halt” Raghunath remarked. Anyway, we will take a decision whether to stop it or not only after assessing the situation fully, he averred. The Higher Education Council wants to finish it off the first phase latest by September 5 and begin the classes from September 10 or 11. As things stand today, it appears impossible.

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