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New twist in engg admissions

New twist in engg admissions
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There is ambiguity over admission process. We are confused whether we should conduct the admissions individually or in a group. - Goutham Rao,...

No second phase of counselling

There is ambiguity over admission process. We are confused whether we should conduct the admissions individually or in a group. - Goutham Rao, president, TPECMA

Hyderabad: There would be no second phase of engineering counselling now. According to Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), the Supreme Court in its verdict had accorded permission only to the 174 private engineering colleges in Telangana to conduct admissions.

APSCHE chairman Prof. L Venugopal Reddy said that notification for second phase of counselling would not be issued. “The colleges have to conduct their own admissions, these could be spot admissions,” Reddy said.

TSCHE chairman Prof. T Papi Reddy, said, “The colleges have to call for the applications from the students and should give admissions on the merit basis.”

Now the colleges are confused about how to fill the seats. Telangana Private Engineering and Professional College Managements (TPECMA) president Goutham Rao said that they would meet Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) and CET convener for conducting admissions into the colleges.

“There is ambiguity over admission process. We are confused whether we should conduct the admissions individually or in a group. There are around 10,000 eligible students for the admissions,” Rao informed.

While the colleges can conduct admissions, however, the fee reimbursement issue has put them in a fix.

“The government should reimburse fee for these seats in the same way as it is issuing for SW2 and SW3. Lack of clarity in the judgment has created confusion. We are taking legal opinion for further action,” Rao said.

However, Papi Reddy said that fee reimbursement is entirely a different issue. “The Supreme Court has given permission for admissions only. The State government will decide about the eligible candidates who can avail fee reimbursement,” Reddy said.

It may be recalled that 174 Telangana engineering colleges approached to the apex court seeking permission for conducting second phase of counselling. These colleges were weeded out a day before the commencement of engineering web counselling citing lack of infrastructure and faculty.

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