Improvement in registration
There is a slight improvement in terms of registration of students for admission into engineering colleges on the second day in Seemandhra region....
There is a slight improvement in terms of registration of students for admission into engineering colleges on the second day in Seemandhra region. However many helpline centres have been closed down due to the on-going strike and boycott by the staff in Polytechnic colleges. Of 15,000 rankers, 8,527 have gone to the web centres and got their certificates verified.
According to the information given by the Higher Education Council in Hyderabad on Tuesday evening, of 34 Helpline Centres, only 14 functioned and the remaining 20 had to be closed due to non-avialability of staff. The number of centres worked on Monday was 19.
However, the number of students who turned up at the 14 centres in Seemandhra region has gone up to 3,259 which was more than that of first day (1,896). This raised hopes of officials who declared that three more centres would start functioning at Srikakulam, VIzianagaram and Ongole. “We are hopeful that slowly more staff would report to duty as this is related to the career of thousands of students” Raghunath, Chief Counseling Officer told The Hans India.
In Telangana region, the registrations have gone up further and all the 22 Helpline centres functioned smoothly. A total of 5,268 students turned up for verification of certificates, Raghunath said. Government appears to be determined to finish off the counselling. “We will extend the last dates wherever necessary. All the rankers will get chance till last moment. Announcement of seats is only after all the candidates exercise their options,” Prof Jayaprakasha Rao, Chairman of the Higher Education Council said.
Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary of Higher Education Ministry Ajay Mishra spoke to the district collectors of Seemandhra region and reviewed the situation on Tuesday. Security was tightened at many centres in anticipation of blocking the entry of staff who wished to carry out counselling related work. But the plight of rankers continued as hundreds of them failed to reach the counselling centres in almost all 13 districts of Seemandhra region. They reached the centres only to find that many of them were closed due to boycott of work by the polytechnic college lecturers. “Even if the deadline is extended, we cannot get our certificates verified if the situation continued like this” Lavanya, who came all the way from puttur to Tirupathi for counselling lamented.
Counselling was abandoned in Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool, Nandyal, Anantapuram, Kadapa, Guntur, Tirupathi from 9 am itself. The centres could not function even after 2 pm as the APNGOs gathered at the centres and continued their agitation.