October 28, 2014

AP TS BIE Inter Exam Schedule Not Finaled 2014

The meeting between the education ministers of Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh to resolve Intermediate exams and Eamcet issues has ended in a deadlock. The meeting, which was supposed to clear the doubts over the fate of exams, has contributed to further confusion among officials and students. Addressing a joint press conference after the meeting, TS education minister G. Jagadish Reddy announced that the state will conduct its own Inter exams from this year. However, his AP counterpart,  G. Srinivasa Rao, said such a crucial change cannot be made in the middle of the academic year.

Mr Rao said, “Inter students who completed their first-year course last year are all set to write their final-year exam in five months. We cannot disturb them at this stage. Students from both states would suffer. We can discuss about making changes for next year, not this year.”  Responding to this, Mr Reddy said, “There is no point in conducting common exams after the bifurcation.  We want to change our syllabus and include TS-specific contents. We cannot do so if joint exams are held.”

However, both ministers later said they will refer the issue to their respective Chief Ministers, who will take a final decision, based on which they are ready to hold talks in  the next 2 to 3 days. Though TS did not oppose common  Eamcet exam for this year, it was keen on holding separate Inter exams from this year.  

The stalemate over 14 educational and related institutions including the Board of Intermediate (BIE) listed in the Tenth Schedule of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, continues even after a four-hour meeting between the Education Ministers and officials of Telangana and AP here on Monday.

AP Education Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao strongly objected to the proposal of his Telangana counterpart G. Jadish Reddy for bifurcation of the BIE and conduct of Intermediate examinations and EAMCET separately.

He pointed out that second year students would be put to loss due to weightage accorded to their marks, if the exams were conducted separately.

“We are not seeking any favours from Telangana, but we won’t compromise on our judicious rights as per the Reorganisation Act. There will be no sanctity to the Act if the exams are held separately as it stated with all clarity that both the successor States should have common admissions and entrance tests in case of higher/professional educational institutions,” Mr. Srinivasa Rao added.

Mr. Jagadish Reddy said the AP government had some misconceptions about the future and security of students of its origin in Telangana in spite of our repeated assurances on the spirit of the Reorganisation Act by continuing 15 per cent open quota for the next 10 years for students of AP origin in the institutions located in Telangana.

“We want to conduct Intermediate exams and EAMCET separately to protect the interests of our students,” Mr. Jagadish Reddy said and sought to know if bodies such as Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) headed by officials from outside the State were unable to settle issues between the two States, how could the BIE with local officials resolve contentious issues.

Except for unanimity on institutions such as Dravidian University and Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam, the two sides remained rigid on their respective stands in respect of all other bodies including the State Council for Higher Education, State Board of Technical Education and others.