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IPE logjam continues

IPE logjam continues
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The lackadaisical approach of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments towards conducting a separate or common Intermediate Public Examination (IPE)...

Hyderabad: The lackadaisical approach of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments towards conducting a separate or common Intermediate Public Examination (IPE) has cast a shadow of confusion among the students.

  • No clarity on common or separate exams
  • Both governments stick to their stands
  • BIE commences examination process

The Telangana government wants to conduct separate examination for its students while AP government is stubborn on conducting common exams for both the states.

It is learnt that the much contentious issue of Intermediate exams did not come up to discussions in Andhra Pradesh cabinet meeting which was held on Thursday. AP HRD minister Ganta Srinivas Rao on Monday said that the issue would be discussed with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu but it did not happen.

During the meeting, both ministers have vehemently opposed each others’ decision and could not come to a logical end.

If separate examinations have to be conducted then both the governments have to come to a unilateral decision of bifurcating of the board.

“The board was internally divided long back. Separate accounts and floors are created for two states. However, both the governments should officially agree for the bifurcation, which is yet to happen,” a top official of BIE said.

Due to the tussle between AP and TS, students from both states are at the receiving end. Now the challenge for both the governments is to make sure that Telugu students do not lose their supremacy in securing admissions into Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), National Institute of Technology (NITs) and other national level entrance examinations this year.

“If the issue is further delayed, examinations which were scheduled in March may not happen on time. Students appearing for IITs and NITs will be badly hit if exams are delayed,” a BIE official opined.

According to Telangana Government Junior Lecturers’ Association President, P Madhusudhan Reddy said that the government was in no mood to take back its stand. “It’s better to conduct separate examinations, when two states have already been formed,” he shared.

Meanwhile, after two months delay, the Board has finally commenced the examination process for AP and TS. “Irrespective of decisions from both the governments, the board has started the examinations process as time is very less,” a board official said.

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