A crisis is brewing on the education front as both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are on a collision course over conducting EAMCET-2015.
Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) on Dec 29, 2014 Monday announced tentative dates for all common entrance tests, saying the AP Reorganisation Act `empowers' the council to conduct examinations for both states for a period of 10 years.
At a media conference here, L Venugopal Reddy , chairman, APSCHE, said any amendment in the statute can only be done by the central government. According to the schedule released by the APSCHE, the common Eamcet for both states will be held on May 10, 2015. Other than Eamcet, the chairman also announced dates for conducting the Icet qualifying examination for admissions to MBA and MCA colleges. Icet will be held on May 16, Ecet for en gineering (lateral entry for polytechnic students) will be held on May 14 and Edcet for ad missions to B Ed colleges on May 28, 2015.
Reddy said Lawcet and PG Lawcet for admissions to law colleges will be held on June 30, days after PG Ecet is held on May 25 and PECET (physical-education) is held on May 14, 2015.
Venugopal Reddy , however, did not specify whether it will again be the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) that will hold the Eamcet this year also. The chairman said a decision on it has not yet been taken. The schedule will be applicable for students of both states, he stressed.
Later in the day , a fuming Papi Reddy , chairman, Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE), said the APSCHE has taken the decision without consulting him.
“Students of Telangana will not participate in the examination. The state government will conduct CETs for its students and TSCHE will oversee admissions,“ Papi Reddy said. He said AP officials had taken a `unilateral' decision and said that the APSCHE cannot indulge in `highhandedness' anymore. The decision could spell doom for close to two lakh students expected to write Eamcet from Telangana this year in both medical and engineering streams.
“It is unfair that the APSCHE decided to trouble students from Telangana by announcing schedule for both the states at a time when ministers of both states are yet to arrive at a consensus. Telangana government should take the matter to court,“ said P Madhusudan Reddy , president, T State Junior College Lecturers' Association.
TSCHE is expected to come up with a separate examination schedule for students from Telangana soon, officials said. “The state government is rooting for conduct of separate examinations for both the states. That is the most convenient and efficient option as students in both the states will be at ease with that,“ Reddy said.
Written by:ChandanaManabadi Results Updated at: 05:14:00