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Engg counselling may be hit in Seemandhra

Engg counselling may be hit in Seemandhra
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The much-delayed counselling for admission into the first year engineering courses, scheduled to commence from Monday, is likely to be affected...

  • 34 helpline centres in the region reportedly shut
  • Officials exploring options to protect students’ interests
  • Rankers may be allowed to go to any other centre
  • They can approach even T centres for verification

Hyderabad: The much-delayed counselling for admission into the first year engineering courses, scheduled to commence from Monday, is likely to be affected severely due to the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra region. As the polytechnic college lecturers have decided to boycott the counseling work, reports reaching here say that the 34 helpline centres in the region have been closed and may not function, even though they may be opened on Monday.

In all likelihood, the process will be rescheduled, according to sources. “We will start the process from Monday with the verification of certificates. There is no problem in Telangana region but in Seemandhra, we anticipate stalling of work.

But students will be given an option to get their certificates verified at any centre before a particular date- say August 30. They can go to any centre in Telangana or a safer place and get their certificates verified, register their web options etc. In this way, we can go on extending the dates till all rankers get admission” an official explained.

The certificates of rankers from 1 to 15,000 will have to scrutinised on the first day. Of these candidates, nearly 5000 are in Seemandhra region and it is doubtful that they can go elsewhere to get their certificates verified. A huge police force is being deployed at all the counseling centres in Seemandhra region.

Anti-T stir may disrupt process

  • Polytechnic College Lecturers refuse to participate in counselling that begins today
  • Officials to review situation, and apprise the High Court of it

The worst fears on commencement of engineering counselling are likely to come true as the agitation in Seemandhra region in protest against the proposed division of state is all set to stall the process, which is scheduled to begin on Monday. Officials, who are determined to start the process, have repeatedly tried to convince the polytechnic lecturers- who are key to verification of certificates- but went in vain. The Association of Polytechnic College Lecturers have announced boycott of Eamcet-related work. “How do you expect us to attend to duty when the entire government staff is going on strike? It is impossible,” Chandrasekhar, President of Association told media on Sunday.

Even Ashok Babu, President of AP NGOs Association has advised the State government not to conduct the process as the situation is not conducive. “I don’t ask our colleagues to boycott but only urge the government not to go ahead” he said at a media meet in Hyderabad.

As per the direction of the High Court, the much-delayed counselling for admission into first year B Tech courses should start exactly at 9 am on Monday with the verification of certificates for the rankers 1-15,000. This verification process will continue till August 30.

But the boycott by the lecturers and non-cooperation from other related departments is sure to affect the schedule. It is the lecturers who should verify the certificates and declare a ranker eligible to register his/her web options. As the work cannot be allotted to any outsides or hired employees- the process will definitely be hit, according to sources in the Department of Technical Education.

Although officials have permitted the rankers to get the verification done at any centre and register from anywhere in the state keeping in view of the volatile situation, the question is how many rankers would actually go to places in Telangana to participate in the counselling. Of 2.17 lakh who were qualified in the Eamcet, nearly half had been from Seemandhra region. Convener quota counselling will take place first and out of the total 15,000 students whose certificates are to be verified; nearly 5,000 will be from Seemandhra region. All these five thousands cannot go to Telangana region to get their certificates verified, an official explained.

A total of 53 helpline centres have been set up across the state to verify the process. Out of this, 34 are in Seemandhra region and the rest in Telengana districts. In Hyderabad, six centres have been set up. “We sought for extra security and the government has agreed to provide additional security staff in all the counseling centres” Raghunath, Chief Counseling officer told The Hans India.

Officials will make a review and take a decision to hold back the counseling or not. They are likely to inform the High Court about the situation and explain that what all they could do has been done i.e. issuance of notification, schedule and make arrangements on Monday.

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