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Counselling for Engg badly hit

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As feared, the counselling for admission to first-year B Tech courses was severely hit across Seemandhra region on Monday, sparking off doubts whether ...

  • Only one-third of students allotted on Day 1 get chance
  • Students can attend counselling anywhere in AP till Aug 30

Hyderabad: As feared, the counselling for admission to first-year B Tech courses was severely hit across Seemandhra region on Monday, sparking off doubts whether the process would go ahead or come to a grinding halt. Only one-third of the total rankers could get their certificates verified on Day 1.

As per the official figures given by Dr Raghunath, chief counselling officer, of the first15,000 rankers only 5,742 got their certificates verified. Among these, 3,846 were from Telangana region and the rest (1896) from Seemandhra region. Last year, on the first of counselling, 8,629 rankers’ certificates were verified.

A total of 34 Helpline centres were set up in Seemandhra region, but a majority of them did not function as the lecturers working in government polytechnics, who were supposed to do the verification work, boycotted the work in protest against the decision to divide the state. Although some of them started work, the centres were closed in a few hours due to poor turnout of staff.

In Seemandhra region, the verification started at 11 am at 16 centres and at the remaining 18 centres, it did not take off at all. Even out of the 16 centres, the work had to be abandoned at 7 centres by 2 pm. No counseling was done at Srikrishna Devaraya, Yogi Vemana, YSR Engg College, Kadapa. At JNTU-Kakinada, counseling work took place only up to 1 pm.

It was a smooth day at all the 22 helpline centres In Telangana region as there were no reports of any obstruction, boycott or shut down. Chairman of the Higher Education Council, Prof P Jayaprakasha Rao, admitted that the counseling process was disrupted in many areas despite heavy arrangements. “The lecturers’ boycott crippled the process. We cannot get the verification work done by hired staff as this should be done carefully. Only experienced senior lecturers can verify the documents properly and responsibly” he said.

But he was quick to add that he did not lose hope since any candidate can get his or her certificates verified anytime till August 30. “If need be, some more time will be given. They can do it from any centre in the State. Even the registering of web options- which commences from August 23- can be extended by a day or two. The declaration of seats will be done only after the verification and registering of web options of all the rankers..So, students need not get agitated” he explained.

Principal Secretary of Higher Education Ajay Mishra reviewed the situation with the officials of Higher Education Council. “No student will be denied seat just because he could not give his options or due to non-verification of certificates.. Justice will be done to all” he told the media.

The Higher Education Council has once again appealed to all the staff who are assigned counselling work to report to duty in the larger interests of students. The Principal Secretary would hold a video conference with all the in-charges of counselling centres on Tuesday and assess the situation. “We don’t wish to postpone the counseling. We will watch the situation for the next couple of days and make a review again” Raghunath told The Hans India.

HC apprised of situation

The state government has appraised the High Court of the prevailing situation with regard to conduct of engineering counseling on Monday. “We told the Court the steps we have initiated as per the directions of the judge and also the boycott of counseling work by the polytechnic lecturers who should actually do the verification work. We informed court that helpline centres in Seemandhra region could not function due to

boycott” Prof P Jayaprakasharao told The Hans India.

Justice Nooty Ram Mohan Rao of the AP High Court called for a report from the State DGP and the Inspector General of Andhra and Rayalaseema region by Wednesday on the security for the counselling for the engineering colleges in the State. The judge was responding to a writ petition filed by Roja and five others complaining of the threat perspective. The judge also wanted a specific response as to whether there were any specific centres which were sensitive and as to what precautions were being put in place to ensure effective conduct of the counselling. The case will now be heard by the judge on Wednesday.

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