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Last date for Inter examination fee

Oct 01, 2002: Hyderabad: The last date for payment of examination fee for the second year Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE) of regular and private students is October 18, 2002 without fine and the last date with fine of Rs 100 is October 25.

The dates are applicable to both general and vocational students, says a press release.

Scholarship scam accused arrested

Oct 01, 2002: Hyderabad: The Central Crime Station police on Monday arrested an accused in the scholarship scam KVL Jayasimha. According to a press release, Jayasimha (42), a resident of Chikkadpally and a practising advocate, had started 13 bogus colleges. He collected fraudulent bills worth of Rs.21.7 crore from the pay and accounts department in the name of these colleges. Jayasimha ran a racket parallel to the one run by the another accused Mothia Naik who was arrested recently in connection with the scam.

Govt. to examine records of students availing scholarships

Oct 02, 2002: Hyderabad: The state government on Tuesday decided to examine the records of students of all colleges in the State who are availing scholarships.

In this direction, the government decided to appoint three officials to get to the bottom of the scandal. While P V Ramakrishna, former advisor to the CBI, would don the role of advisor to the Anti-Corruption Bureau in its investigations, another official would verify the records of the students in each of the colleges.

PG girl students gherao minister

Oct 02, 2002: Kurnool: The girl students of Kurnool PG centre gheraoed Minister for Higher Education N.Md Farooq here on Tuesday for not allotting a newly constructed building for their hostel. Farooq visited the PG Centre to inaugurate a building that has been constructed at a cost of Rs.25 lakh. The UGC had released funds for building a girls’ hostel. But the PG centre officials allocated it to the MCA and MBA classes.

Expressing their resentment over the decision, the girls gheraoed the minister and asked him to allot the building for their hostel as there was no hostel for PG girls.

Students oppose merging of geography with MA

Oct 02, 2002: Hyderabad: Students of the geography department, Osmania University, on Tuesday, staged a protest march on the campus taking objection to a professor’s opinion that geography be retained with social sciences and not with basic sciences.

The varsity, after reframing the age-old MA Geography course to suit the market needs, has been offering an MSc in the subject from 2001. The course is being offered at University College of Arts and Social Sciences. Plans are on to shift the department to a new premises which the students oppose.

Campaign to educate 1.26 lakh illiterates

Oct 03, 2002: Hyderabad: The Ranga Reddy district administration has set a target of educating 1.26 lakh illiterates in the age group of 15-35 years during the third phase of `Akshara Sankranti’.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Wednesday, district collector Ajay Jain launched the literacy campaign at Bowrampet village in Qutbullapur mandal. He said 3.76 lakh illiterates registered in the district two years ago and 1.65 lakh had become literates in the last two phases.

Chief Justice inaugurates legal service centre

Oct 03, 2002: Hyderabad: Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh A R Lakshmanan who is also person-in-chief of AP legal services authority inaugurated Legal Services Centre at Central Prison, Chanchalguda here on Wednesday to enable the undertrials to get quick legal aid. Gandhi Jayanti was also observed as Prisoners Day and 36 undertrials admitted to their guilt out of which 5 were released.

Chief Justice inaugurates Legal Services Centre

Oct 03, 2002: Hyderabad: Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh A R Lakshmanan who is also person-in-chief of AP legal services authority inaugurated Legal Services Centre at Central Prison, Chanchalguda here on Wednesday to enable the undertrials to get quick legal aid. Gandhi Jayanti was also observed as Prisoners Day and 36 undertrials admitted to their guilt out of which 5 were released.

Proposals to educate 1.26 lakh illiterates

Oct 03, 2002: Hyderabad: The Ranga Reddy district administration has set a target of educating 1.26 lakh illiterates in the age group of 15-35 years during the third phase of `Akshara Sankranti’.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Wednesday, district collector Ajay Jain launched the literacy campaign at Bowrampet village in Qutbullapur mandal. He said 3.76 lakh illiterates registered in the district two years ago and 1.65 lakh had become literates in the last two phases.

Junior lecturers to strike work after Nov 15

Oct 04, 2002: Hyderabad:The AP Junior College Lecturers’ Association has decided to take up a Statewide campaign from November 1 to 15 in support of their demands and resort to an agitation after November 15.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the association here on Wednesday. A press release says that meetings would be organised as part of the campaign to educate and prepare members about the proposed agitational programme.

School with single room, 200 students and 7 classes

Oct 04, 2002: Gopavaram (Cuddapah): The upper primary school at Vallelavaripalle village in Gopavaram mandal enjoys the distinction of being a school with a single room that has 200 students studying in seven classes.

Apart from the 200 students the single room also has the school furniture which includes several wardrobes. The teachers at the school invented a unique system of teaching where-in the teachers take turns to teach an amalgam of students studying seven different classes.

Counselling for diploma courses from Oct 7

Oct 05, 2002: Hyderabad: Counselling for applicants of the new diploma courses under the department of technical education will be held at the Sanketika Vidya Bhavan (Eamcet Centre) from October 7 to October 9.

On October 7, counselling will be held for candidates who passed the Intermediate or an equivalent examination in the first attempt and secured more than 757 marks out of the 1000 marks and will in and will be include all sponsored candidates. The counselling will start at 10.00 a.m.

Last date for MBA course

Oct 05, 2002: Hyderabad: The last date for MBA, MCA admissions in minority colleges under the Osmania University for 2002-2003 has been extended to October 16. Classes will commence from November 11.

EAMCET to have fewer questions

Oct 06, 2002: Hyderabad: The State government has issued orders rationalising the pattern of the Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) paper from next year. The number of multiple choice questions in EAMCET has been reduced from 200 to 160 both in engineering and medicine streams. However, the duration of the test remains unchanged at 180 minutes. The mathematics paper will have 80 multiple choice questions while physics and chemistry 40 each.

School library, laboratory set afire

Oct 06, 2002: Hyderabad: Unidentified miscreants set fire to the library and laboratory of the Nallakunta Government High School at Vidyanagar in the early hours on Saturday. Property worth Rs.2 lakh was reportedly gutted.

According to the school authorities, the culprits gained entry into the room which houses the library and laboratory by breaking open the locks. When the miscreants set fire to the room, several books, equipment and furniture gutted.

BE seats lie vacant, more colleges soon

Oct 07, 2002: Hyderabad: Despite the increase in the number of vacant seats in the existing engineering colleges in the State, there is still a big demand for new engineering colleges. As many as 100 `educationists’ applied for new engineering colleges for the academic year 2003-2004. The Southern Regional Centre of the All India Council for Technical Education, Chennai, received applications for new colleges of which most are meant to start in and around twin cities. While there are presently 217 colleges, the AICTE has already permitted four new colleges for 2003 taking the total number of colleges to 221.

Date for scholarships extended

Oct 07, 2002: Hyderabad: The Commissioner, Backward Classes Welfare, has issued an order extending the last date for receipt of applications for post-matric scholarships for 2002 – 2003 from September 30 to October 19 in view of the delay by students in opening bank accounts. The president of AP Backward Classes Welfare Association, R Krishnaiah, in a statement appealed to the bankers to permit opening of bank accounts by students with a minimum deposit of Rs.100 as per a government circular.

Course in Library Science

Oct 08, 2002: Hyderabad: The Central Institute of Library Science, Chaderghat, will conduct a five-month certificate course from December 1 this year. The classes will be held from 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Application forms and other particulars can be obtained at the Government Boys High School, Chadeghat (telephone 4610371).

October 31 is the last date for submitting the applications. Intermediate is the minimum qualification for admissions into the course, says a release..

Scholarship scam: Three accused sacked

Oct 08, 2002: Hyderabad: Four months after the multi-crore social welfare scholarships scam broke out, the State Government, on Monday, dismissed three officials of the department who were named as the prime accused in the scandal. They are Hyderabad district social welfare officer Y Santosh Kumar, warden R Mothya Naik and senior assistant D Shankar Rao.

As many as 17 government employees, four bank officials and five private persons have so far been arrested in the Rs.42 crore scam.

APSCHE clarification on B.Ed admissions

Oct 09, 2002: Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has clarified that the seats in minority colleges offering B.Ed course will be filled by the Convener- EdCET only and there is no management quota.

A press release from the APSCHE said that 50 % of the seats would be filled with minority candidates, while the remaining would be filled as per the merit list of Ed CET. The management would not be allowed to give seats to any student.

Dismal exam results in Calcutta University

Oct 09, 2002: Kolkata: More than 600 students have obtained zero in the BA and BSc Part I (honours and general) of Calcutta University this year. This, along with a major drop in the %age of the successful students, here put the university authorities in a soul-searching mode.

The university authorities are also forming a committee to punish a few students who have written pornographic stories in answer scripts.

Fees for admission to Medical colleges

Oct 09, 2002: Vijayawada:Candidates joining MBBS course in private medical colleges including minority medical colleges for the year 2002-2003 should pay Rs.15,000 per annum for free seat and Rs.90,000 for payment seat, says registrar of NTR University of Health Sciences.

In a statement here on Tuesday, the registrar said those joining BDS courses should pay Rs.9,000 for free seat and Rs.57,000 for payment seat in private dental colleges.

A `messy' affair at Osmania University

Oct 10, 2002: Hyderabad: Many students, particularly hostellers, who have not cleared their mess dues, are leaving the campus without their PG certificates in Osmania University in city. The students attribute the messy affair to escalating charges. The mess bill which used to be between Rs.600 and Rs.650 per month earlier, has touched a new high of Rs.871 in hostel D.

The inmates of few hostels like New PG and Hostel D feel that they are paying more than their engineering counterparts in Ganga and Kavberi hostels where the monthly bill does not exceed Rs.650.

Inter weightage mooted for Eamcet

Oct 10, 2002: Hyderabad: In order to reduce the burden on students taking the Engineering Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test (Eamcet) every year, the government is planning to give weightage of 25 % for Intermediate marks.

This is likely to come into force in 2004, as the government does not want to shortchange current Intermediate students who have already taken their first year examinations without knowing that their marks would matter in the Eamcet eamination. The number of questions in Eamcet will be cut to 160 from 200.

Nobel prize in Chemistry and Economics

Oct 10, 2002: Stockholm: John Fenn of the United States, Japan’s Koichi Tanaka and Kurt Wuethrich of Switzerland won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for advances in understanding the process of life.

They share the one million US dollars prize for developing powerful analytical tools for studying large molecules such as protein, which can lead to new drugs to tackle disease, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

40 lakh children to undergo eye test

Oct 11, 2002: Hyderabad: On the Third World Sight Day on Thursday, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched an ambitious programme for screening 40 lakh children studying in upper primary and high schools in Andhra Pradesh for eye diseases.

An estimated four lakh children, if they have refractive errors, will be given spectacles. Others will be operated upon if found suffering from cataract.

Naidu said the programme would be extended to primary school children and others in a phased manner.

Catering contractors to assist Mid-day meal scheme

Oct 11, 2002: Hyderabad: The State government is thinking of taking assistance of catering contractors in implementing the mid-day meal scheme in schools in urban areas. School education secretary I V Subba Rao said that various logistics were being worked out to reach far flung schools. Options like clubbing of various schools for the mid-day meal programme and supplying a packaged food to the schools were under consideration.

Students say no to corporal punishment

Oct 11, 2002: Hyderabad: Eighty students from 35 schools in city discussed issues related to problems they face in the schools. The children included government and private schools students from various parts of the twin cities.

`Corporal punishment is banned under law but in my school teachers often resort to punishments like making students kneel down, making them sit in a chair position, even caning. This should stop’, said Ramesh, a student of class six of Aurobindo School. Similar feelings were expressed by students from other schools.

Distance education examinations

Oct 12, 2002: Hyderabad: The first, second and third year examinations for B.A. and B.Com of the Prof G Ram Reddy Centre for Distanced Education will commence on October 18.

According to a press release, hall tickets had been dispatched to the candidates. Those who do not receive their hall tickets by October 16 may obtain duplicate hall tickets at the center on Osmania University campus by paying Rs.25 through a demand draft in favour of the Controller of Examinations, Osmania University, enclosing two passport size photos.

Evening courses for foreign languages

Oct 12, 2002: Hyderabad: Nizam College is offering courses in German, French and Russian for students with minimum qualification of Intermediate. The eight week long course will begin on November 5. For further details contact on phones 3240566 and 3234231, says a press release.

Selection for physiotherapy, BSc (MLT) courses

Oct 12, 2002: Hyderabad: The selections for provisional admission into Bachelor of Physiotherapy and BSc (MLT) courses of NTR University of Health Sciences for the academic year 2002-2003 will be held at Gandhi Medical College, Basheerbagh, Hyderabad from October 24 to 26.

Students who have secured up to 78 % marks in science subjects in intermediate or its equivalent would be called in the morning session and those who got between 77.9 and 70 % in the afternoon session on Oct 24.

Colleges to have scholarship panels

Oct 13, 2002: Hyderabad: The Social Welfare Department has asked principals of all colleges to constitute scholarship committees with three to five scholarship-receiving students in it and send in their names to the Deputy Director of Social Welfare immediately.

According to a press release, the committee members would be present at the time of disbursement of scholarships by the principal. Any grievances of the scholarship-holders could be represented to the district collectors concerned, it said.

Free coaching for minority students for UPSC exam and

Oct 13, 2002: Hyderabad: The Centre for Educational Development of Minorities, Osmania University, has invited applications from minority community members appearing for Civil Services (Preliminary) Exams – 2003 held by the UPSC for admission to free coaching classes being conducted by the center from November 8. The free coaching will be held for six months at Nizam College.

The coaching will be in general studies, and the optional subjects of Indian history and public administration. Candidates will be selected on the basis of an objective-type test and interview.

BRAOU extends last date for payment of fee

Oct 14, 2002: Hyderabad: B R Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) has extended the last date for payment of tuition fee for second year students pursuing MA (economics, public administration, political science, history), MSc (maths) and MBA to October 31 with a fine of Rs 100.

The university has also rescheduled the second year examinations for the post-graduate programmes for 2000-2001 from November 5 to December 14.

Counselling for NTR varsity courses

Oct 14, 2002: Hyderabad: Selections for provisional admission into bachelor of physiotherapy (BPT) and BSc (medical lab technology) and BSc (medical lab technology) courses for the academic year 2002-2003 of the NTR University of Health Sciences will be held from October 24 at the Gandhi Medical College at Basheerbagh.

Counselling for candidates securing over 78 % markes in science subjects in Intermediate will be held on Oct 24 from 9. a.m.

New-look SSC exam papers from 2004

Oct 16, 2002: Hyderabad: Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations from 2004 will be more application-oriented and have more objective questions. The proposal has been in the pipeline for quite some time, education secretary IV Subba Rao said.

`We will hold a meeting with officials, teachers and educators soon to work out the change, study the syllabus and see how we can make the Class X examination keep up with the times’, he said.

`The present pattern encourages students to cram up texts and notebooks. This does not help them as they grow, because most of them do not develop reasoning and comprehension skills’, Rao said.

Tourism varsity in city soon

Oct 16, 2002: Hyderabad: A new National Institute of Tourism, the second of its kind in the country, is being established at Gachibowli near here. The institute will offer specialised degree and post-graduate courses in tourism besides offering on-job training to all stake-holders in the tourism industry, including tour operators, airlines personnel, hotel industry and corporates.

The Centre has given a nod to the establishment of the institute on a 20-acre site allotted by the state government.

Caterers may serve mid-day meals

Oct 17, 2002: Hyderabad: Representatives of various municipal bodies would meet in the next two days to evolve a mechanism to implement the mid-day meal scheme in urban areas. The school education department has drawn up a plan whereby contract caterers would supply mid-day meals to government schools in urban areas.

School education secretary I V Subba Rao said that scarcity of space for kitchen in schools has prompted the government to opt for contract system. The city would be divided into zones and each contractor would supply meals to the schools within the radius of three km.

Need for quality technical training stressed

Oct 17, 2002: Hyderabad: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairman Prof R Natarajan said that every engineering college and polytechnic should define its quality policy and strive to implement it. He was presenting a paper on `The role of accreditation in promoting quality assurance of technical education at a conference organized by AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) on Wednesday.

Natarajan said that engineering practices had changed dramatically due to growing global competition and subsequent demand from different industrial sectors.

NCERT in confusion over textbooks issue

Oct 18, 2002: New Delhi: With the Opposition threatening to reject NCERT text books and the HRD ministry adamant about going ahead with the texts, there is bound to be total confusion and chaos in the national curriculum.

NCERT books, the state boards, particularly those of non-BJP states, would adhere to the `old texts’. An official had claimed that there had hardly been `uniformity’ in the national curriculum as `education falls in the concurrent list’.

Two MoUs on distance learning signed

Oct 18, 2002: Hyderabad: Two agreements on distance learning were entered into between the International Crops Research Institute of Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the two universities – Yashwant Rao Chavan Maharastra Open University (YCMOU) and Dr B R Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU).

ICRISAT director general William D Dar signed agreements with B P Sabale, vice-chancellor of YCMOU and V S Prasad of BRAOU. The agreements commit the partners to a three year period of collaboration in designing and implementing the distance learning projects in AP and Maharashtra, says a press release

Education for all by 2010: Union Minister

Oct 19, 2002: Hyderabad: The Government of India proposes to provide education to all through a special programme by 2010 at a cumulative cost of Rs.98,000 crores, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Rita Verma said.

Prof Verma was addressing the sectoral session on Human Resource Development and Higher Education at the India-ASEAN meet hosted by the AP Government in Hyderabad on Friday. She said greater emphasis was being laid on vocational courses and government was keen on bringing about on computer literacy in all schools.

Government starts five diploma courses

Oct 19, 2002: Hyderabad: The Technical Education department has started five diploma courses at Government Polytechnic, Masab Tank in city. Architectural assistantship in landscape, interior design, jewellery designing and manufacturing and biotechnology were started by technical education minister N Anjaneyulu on Friday.

JNTU to introduce hobby-oriented courses

Oct 19, 2002: Hyderabad: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University has decided to introduce hobby-oriented courses for those who wish to pursue careers in various fields such as landscaping, jewellery designing and interior decoration.

The department of technical education will soon launch PG diploma courses in Landscape design, jewellery designing and manufacturing, Interior design, biotechnology and Hotel management and catering technology.

Awareness camp

Oct 20, 2002: Hyderabad: The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater Hyderabad will conduct a general awareness camp on international tests like IELTS for those who wish to study abroad and those who want to migrate to other countries.

The camp will be held between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from October 20 to 26. Those interested may contact YMCA, Narayanaguda.

Entries for awards invited

Oct 21, 2002: Hyderabad: The Jawahar Bal Bhavan has invited entries for `Gifted Child Awards’ for this year. They will be given to children who excel in instrumental and vocal music, clay modeling, science, tailoring, photography, skating, karate and various indoor games. Participants should be below 16 years.

In a statement, MVBG Tilak, director, Bal Bhavan, said all applications must be accompanied by a statement indicating the discipline.

Minority colleges throwing norms to the wind

Oct 21, 2002: Hyderabad: It is a devil and deep-sea syndrome that faces scores of Muslim students who have sought admission into minority institutions for the MBA course. With the last date for admissions closing on October 16, several students are left in the lurch as they couldn’t shell down the `extra’ money demanded by the managements.

The Osmania University has been receiving several complaints of gross malpractices indulged in by the minority colleges in the MBA/MCA admissions. The institutions are not following rules and regulations. But they are collecting more fee than stipulated, it is alleged.

Students measure sound of crackers

Oct 21, 2002: Hyderabad: Students of two schools recorded noise pollution from crackers to show its impact on health. As part of its campaign against noise pollution, the National Green Corps (NGC) on Saturday demonstrated at Abhyudaya High School in Chikkadpally and Aliya Government High School at Basheerbagh. Most of the fire crackers registered noise levels between 118 decibels and 125 decibels. Noise meters were used to measure the pollution.

70 schools to eliminate child labour : collector

Oct 22, 2002: Hyderabad: The government is planning to set up 10 residentaial bridge schools and 60 non-residential schools to eliminate child labour in the city, said Hyderabad district collector Rajeshwar Tiwari.

Participating at a workshop organized by the AP Hotels Association here on Monday, Tiwari said 70 schools including 55 bridge schools were running in the city to provide primary education to the children below poverty line.

HCU varsity students go on fast

Oct 22, 2002: Hyderabad: Members of the Students’ Union of the University of Hyderabad observed hungerstrike in front of the administrative building, protesting against what they termed `unpopular and anti-democratic’ circulars issued by the university administration recently. Over 300 students participated in the strike.

According to Bheem Reddy, president, Students Union, the agitation was triggered by the university’s refusal to revoke expulsion orders issued against a student for alleged misuse of the hostel facility. The administration has been issuing unpopular circulars, he said.

US varsity opens campus in Delhi

Oct 22, 2002: New Delhi: An American university has set up a campus for the first time in India in what is seen as a bid to stem the flow of students to the US in search of quality education and facilities.

India’s diversified Modi group, on Monday, announced its foray into the education sector in alliance with the US-based Apollo International to set up a campus of the Western International University (WIU) in New Delhi at an initial cost of two million US dollars.

The campus is located in Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi. The Modi group plans to open 30 branches over the next decade, its chairman K K Modi said.

ICFAI meet

Oct 23, 2002: Hyderabad: The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) Business School is organising a one-day national conference on `Managing Innovations’ here on November 16 at the Taj Krishna Hotel. It will have speakers from companies like Wipro, Citibank, Zip Telecom, Satyam, HDFC Bank, Vysya Bank and Shanta Biotech. Further details regarding registration can be had from Niranjan Swain or Jayasimha on phone Nos. 6635095 to 97, says a press release.

Inter exam fee

Oct 23, 2002: Hyderabad: The last date for payment of examination fee for second year Intermediate public examination, March-2003 (both regular and private candidates), has been extended. The last dates for payment of fee without fine and with a fine of Rs.100 are October 25 and October 28 respectively, says a press release.

Sanskrit certificate course

Oct 23, 2002: Hyderabad: The CIEFL’s 30-day certificate course in spoken Sanskrit will begin on the CIEFL campus from October 28. Classes will be held six days a week from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. daily. The course fee is Rs.50. Further details can be obtained from the Coordinator of the programme on the phone number 7098131

Horticulture Department offers gardening courses

Oct 24, 2002: Hyderabad: The department of horticulture will organise training programme in three courses – Home gardening, flower arrangements and bouquet making - from November.

The bouquet making courses will be conducted from November 15 to 19 for the first batch, from December 16 to 21 for the second batch. The course fee is Rs.1000.

Classes in flower arrangements (Ikebana) will be held from December 10 to 12 and the course fee is Rs.400.

Meet on emergency medicine

Oct 24, 2002: Hyderabad: An international conference on emergency medicine will be held here from October 25 to 27. About 1,000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the conference that aims at creating awareness among people and the medical professionals on emergency medicine.

The meet is being supported by the American Academy for Emergency Medicine, Emergency International, Medical Council of India, Apollo Group of Hospitals and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.

SSC syllabus to be revamped in 2004

Oct 24, 2002: Hyderabad: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) syllabus for all classes will be completely revamped from the 2004 academic year, if things go according to the government’s plans.

In a bid to make the syllabus `child centered, competency-based and activity-oriented’, the school education department and state government have been holding discussions with eminent academics and scholars over the last few months, says a senior official of education department.

HC directive to minority colleges

Oct 25, 2002: Hyderabad: Gopala Reddy, a judge of the AP High Court, ruled that 50 % of seats in minority educational institutions imparting MBA and MCA courses be filled by students from non-minority communities.

The interim order was passed in a writ petition filed by Praveen Kumar and Aravind, two students seeking admission to MBA and MCA courses. The petitioner brought to the notice of the court that a full bench of the court comprising three judges had ruled that 50 % of seats in minority B.Ed colleges be filled by non-minority students and urged for similar ruling for MCA and MBA courses also.

Principals told not to withhold halltickets

Oct 25, 2002: Hyderabad: The Commissioner, Social Welfare, M Samuel has asked the principals not to withhold the hall tickets of students even if the tuition fee was due. Instead, he asked them to make efforts to get the money released from the Social Welfare Department.

`You can’t blame the students if the Department withholds their scholarship money for one or the other reason,’ he said addressing the principals of various colleges in the city at a function.

UGC team visits Telugu varsity

Oct 25, 2002: Hyderabad: A six-member UGC team visited Potti sri Ramulu Telugu University on Wednesday and Thursday to review the performance of the varsity during the Ninth Plan and to evaluate requirements for the 10th Plan.

The committee visited various departments and held discussions with deans, directors and heads. The visit will conclude on Friday.

54th batch passing out parade at NPA on Oct 31

Oct 26, 2002: Hyderabad: Thirty three Indian Police Service officers and two Palestinian Security Force officers of the 54th batch who have trained at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy (NPA) on various skills will be stepping out into service of the nation from October 31.

Of the 33 IPS officers, four were women and three trainees were from Andhra Pradesh. After the successful completion of training, one officer was allotted to the AP centre.

NPA director Ganeshwar Jha, at a press conference, said that the probationary officers passing out parade would be held on October 31.

Coop colleges to meet on October 31

Oct 26, 2002: Hyderabad: The AP Cooperative Junior College Management Association will convene a meeting of all cooperative colleges on October 31 where issues like affiliation to cooperative junior colleges, fixation of tuition fee and staff approval by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) would be discussed. The meeting would be held at Hotel Sai Prakash, said B Yuddham Reddy, president of the association in a statement.

Change in EAMCET pattern unlikely

Oct 27, 2002: Hyderabad: The issue of taking into consideration Intermediate marks for deciding the rank in the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) looks unlikely, according to officials in Higher Education Department. According to officials, the arguments of bringing certain changes to the present system has not cut ice with the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. And that seems to be end of all the hype created over the weightage marks in Intermediate.

Fake certificate racket busted

Oct 28, 2002: Hyderabad: The Task Force police, on Sunday, arrested Mohammad Afzal alias Ahmeduddin, who was in the sale of fake educational certificates in the city. Another accused and a few brokers who assisted Afzal are at large. Afzal was earlier arrested by the police on similar offences.

N Shiva Shankar Reddy, additional deputy commissioner of police, said Afzal, a resident of Jahanuma, was arrested by a team led by inspector Rizwan Baig. About 860 fake certificates, 37 rubber stamps, four blocks and other material were seized from him.

Two-year break for sanction of new engg colleges demanded

Oct 28, 2002: Hyderabad: The managements of private engineering colleges in rural areas have demanded a two-year holiday for sanctioning new colleges for the survival of existing institutions.

The managements’ association president G Manohar Reddy, after a general body meeting on Sunday, said there were already 11,000 vacant (unfilled) seats in the colleges mostly in rural areas. By notifying another 62 colleges around the city, the state government had not only given scope for the drastic increase in unfilled seats but also threatened the existence of the rural colleges.

Jr college principals' meet on Oct 31

Oct 29, 2002: Hyderabad: In all, 679 government junior college principals in the State would meet at Ravindra Bharati on October 31 to discuss the problems being faced by them.

Government Junior College Principals Association general secretary P Ramakrishna Reddy said the association would organise seminar on `Challenges in Intermediate education – the role of Principals’.

Reddy said there was a dearth of teaching staff and infrastructure in all the junior colleges.

New avenues open up for BC students

Oct 29, 2002: Hyderabad: Students belonging to backward classes also can hope to go abroad now for higher studies like their well-to-do counterparts. As a new initiative, the government has taken a decision in principle to introduce GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELT coaching classes in all the seven AP Study Circles for Backward Classes from December for enabling candidates of these sections to successfully appear for these tests.

The Backward Classes Welfare Department through the BC Cooperative Finance Corporation, is already implementing a scheme under which low-interest loans are being allowed to the foreign-going candidates of these sections.

CD Roms for IIT aspirants launched

Oct 30, 2002: Hyderabad: Anugraham classes, a popular Chennai-based coaching centre has launched the first-of-its-kind `Tutor CD Roms’ providing refresher courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry for IIT-JEE and other Engineering entrance examinations, in the city on Tuesday.

Titled `Anu Home-Ed, the classroom at home’, the package provides more than 55 hours of lectures by professors and experts in IIT coaching enabling the aspirants to understand the concepts in a methodical way. The CD Roms were launched by academic C Ramaiah.

Date for attedance exemption fee extended

Oct 30, 2002: Hyderabad: The last date for payment of fee for grant of attendance exemption to appear for the Intermediate Public Examination, March – 2003, with a fine of Rs.500 has been extended up to November 6.

The applications with all necessary enclosures should reach the office of the Board of Intermediate Examination (BIE) on or before November 9, a press release said.

Madura Kamaraj varsity exams

Oct 30, 2002: Hyderabad: The Madurai Kamaraj University examinations for B.A, B.Com, B.B.A, B.C.A and B.Sc (maths) will be held from December 18, according to the Proframme officer of the University Study Centre, Nampally.

The certificates and diploma course examinations would be held from December 23; BliSc, MliSc, Bed, Med and BGL from December 24 and M.Com from December 26, he said.

Agri varsities seek more funds

Oct 31, 2002: Hyderabad: The Indian Agricultural Universities Association (IAUA) has requested Prime Minister Vajpayee to increase funds for research and development (R&D) programmes in agricultural universities.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, IAUA president IV Subba Rao appealed to the central and state governments to provide funds to the extent of 40 % and 50 % respectively and said that the balance 10 % would be raised from the internal resources of the universities to carry out research activities.

NDA examination entrance guidance

Oct 31, 2002: Hyderabad: The National Defence Academy (NDA) –1 examination for entry into armed forces as class-1 commissioned officers will be conducted by UPSC on April 6, 2003. The last date for submission of forms is December 2, 2002. Interested can contact Officers Academy near Wesley Girls Junior College, Secunderabad.

For applications, guidance and free seminar passes on Career Options contact on 040-7834739 or 7820339

Radiographers meet in city

Oct 31, 2002: Hyderabad: The 9th national conference of the Society of Indian Radiographers (SIR) will be held here from Dec 14 to 16. Over 1,000 delegates, including radiologists, radiographers, imaging technologists, radiotherapists, nuclear medicine doctors and technicians from across the country would participate in the conference, organising secretary PV Tirupathi Rao told media persons.