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Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan made a last-ditch attempt on Jan 3rd, Saturday to resolve the ongoing Eamcet and Other CETs tussle between Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh by convening a joint meeting of education ministers of both states. A suggestion that both states will conduct Eamcet alternately each year was discussed and both ministers said they would discuss the proposal again with their respective Chief Ministers.
Telangana State Council of Higher Education decided against announcing the schedule for its Eamcet in view of education minister G Jagdish Reddy meeting with the Governor and his AP counterpart. AP HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that no decision was taken but hoped a decision in the interest of the students would be taken at the earliest. AP also withheld any decision of taking the legal route. The drama unfolded on Saturday with the Governor’s office rubbishing Mr Jagdish Reddy’s claims of the Governor being happy with the TS government’s stance of conducting Eamcet on its own for both states. The Governor’s office categorically stated that the Governor had not endorsed the stand of TS government. Meanwhile, with the TSCHE set to announce its own Eamcet schedule on Saturday evening, the AP government also decided to approach the High Court against the TS government decision. However, Mr Narasimhan called for a joint meeting.
The stalemate over EAMCET and Other CETs continues even after the two Ministers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh met the Governor, E.S.L. Narasimhan, on jan 3rd Saturday evening and discussed for over an hour to find the much-awaited solution to the imbroglio. Telangana Education Minister G. Jagadish Reddy and Andhra Pradesh HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao did not reveal anything of their deliberations with the Governor to media persons.
While Mr. Reddy did not speak to the media, Mr. Srinivasa Rao said that they would again meet the Governor if there was a need. Sources, however, said that the Governor was keen on convincing the two Ministers to conduct only single EAMCET for both the States but the decision has to be arrived at by both the governments after discussions and he cannot force them to toe his line.
Mr. Narasimhan is said to have put a few options before them, including conducting the test jointly, sharing it equally over two years and conduct separate tests with both the parties agreeing to it through deliberations. Earlier, an official of the Andhra Pradesh government indicated that they would explore legal options if their ‘interests’ were compromised as it believed that the APSCHE had the authority to conduct the test according to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. “We will take a decision after watching the developments over the few days,” an official said explaining that it was being done in students’ interest. The Telangana officials, however, preferred to maintain silence on the issue.
Meanwhile, Raj Bhavan officials clarified that they did not support the stand of the Telangana government on EAMCET as was reported in a section of the media. Officials said that the Governor’s sole intention was to bring about an acceptable solution between both the States keeping in view the best interests of the student community. It is for both the State governments to sit together and find a solution.
Written by:ChandanaManabadi Results Updated at: 06:43:00