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Common problem for TS, AP states
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The ‘common’ admissions in Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act has already caused enough rifts between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Now it is the...

Hyderabad: The ‘common’ admissions in Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act has already caused enough rifts between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Now it is the common cutoff mark in State Eligibility Test (SET) that would add more to the rift.

With the SET being common for both the states this year, the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked Osmania University (OU) to make combined results for the candidates of both the states. It also said that cutoff marks were to be determined for both the states as a whole. The commission also suggested that SET should issue the certificates reflecting the fact that it is a common SET for both the states.

The common cutoff for both the states is now the latest bone of contention among the students. They contended that the cutoff would be increasing many-folds if students from Andhra secure highest in a particular subjects.

“Despite the state being formed, taking cutoff marks for both the states as single unit is awful. It would hamper the chances of several aspirants qualifying in the examination,” K Ramesh, SET aspirant said.

Another OU Arts College student, I Ravi Kumar, said ever since the ‘common’ admissions were introduced in the AP Re-organisation Act, problems have begun and SET has no exceptions.

“Andhra students score in certain subjects; this will definitely increase the cutoff mark for both the states which will affect the students in Telangana. Why should students in Telangana suffer owing to the cutoff? The university has to remove the common cutoff marks,” P Shankar, OU student and aspirant of SET said.

However, the OU officials said that the criteria which were followed in 2013 for determining the cutoff marks and declaration of results would remain the same.

“The aspirants need not bother about the common cutoff marks. They should focus towards securing good score in the examination. If students stage a protest at this juncture, the UGC may halt the examination and the university may lose accreditation. In order to get accreditation, it will take at least one to one and half years. If 60,000 students appear for the examination from Telangana, at least 5,000 clear it and exam will be helpful for them,” an OU official said.

It may be mentioned here that in 2012, UGC identified OU as the ‘State Agency’ for united Andhra Pradesh to conduct the SET and later gave re-accreditation for another three consecutive years to OU as a nodal agency to conduct the APSET for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015

In wake of bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh, the AP and Telangana governments gave their consent to OU for conducting the examination for their state students as well. The examination will be conducted in 27 subjects on January 4. The last date for applying is October 31 and November 15 with a late fee of Rs 200.

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