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College News Archive [July 2003]

EdCET convener blames students for mistakes in hall tickets

Jul 01, 2003: Hyderabad: EdCET 2003 convenor Prof. V B B Sarma blamed candidates for errors in hall ticket supplied for the test to be held on July 6. The convenor said several candidates did not even know how to fill the application from properly. Due to improper filling of the forms, the staff faced many problems preparing the hall tickets. Prof. Sarma said that some candidates mentioned wrong subjects in their forms, some others mentioned more than one medium to appear for the test and some had even mentioned their gender wrong. The convenor said in several cases, the authorities had even called up candidates for clarification before despatching their hall tickets.Prof Sarma said students who did not receive hall tickets or those whose hall tickets had errors.

CET medical rank list revised

Jul 02, 2003: Bangalore: Ten major printing errors in the Biology paper of the Common Entrance Test (CET) has forced the CET Cell to cancel the medical rank list announced on June 23 and come out with a fresh rank list for Karnataka and non-Karnataka categories. The revised list will be put up on the CET website (http://kat.nic.in/cet) and all CET examination centres. The CET Cell Special Officer told that there was no change in engineering ranks. The revision is expected to redress the grievance of the number of candidates, parents and professors, who thronged the Cell with complaints soon after the results were declared. After the completion of the test, the answer sheets were scanned and the original key answers prepared by the question paper setter were entered into the computer for automated evaluation.

HC dismisses Ed.CET convenor's appeals

Jul 02, 2003: Hyderabad: A Division Bench of the AP High Court dismissed a batch of writ appeals filed by the Convenor, Ed.CET 2002, and declared that students who completed their degree in Instant Examinations are also eligible for admissions into B.Ed course. A batch of cases wherein the issue of eligibility of the candidates for entry into B.Ed was considered. Many students completed their degree in June 2003 making use of the instant/advance supplementary examinations conducted by Nagarjuna and Kakatiya Universities.

Nod for two more medical colleges

Jul 02, 2003: Hyderabad: The Centre has sanctioned two more medical colleges to the state with an intake of 150 students in each college from this academic year. G S L Medical College at Venkatapuram, Rajahmundry and Pennamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Foundation at Chinoutpally in Krishna district got the centre’s nod. With the sanction of two more colleges, the number of medical seats in the state has increased to 2,300. The permission for these colleges will initially for a period of one year. It will be renewed on yearly basis. The process of annual renewal of permission will continue till such time the establishment of medical colleges and expansion of hospital facility are completed as per the norms of the Medical Council of India.

Sonet initiates unique teaching technique

Jul 02, 2003: Hyderabad: The department of technical education as part of its Society for Networking for Excellence in Technical Education (Sonet), a network of engineering colleges, has initiated an innovative teaching methodology through the telecast of lecture classes of some subjects in various engineering courses. More than 220 engineering colleges within the network have funded the project while the transmission cost will be borne by the government. Of the total cost of the project amounting to about Rs 3 crore, the engineering colleges have funded Rs 1 crore. The individual receivers have been provided by the technical education department through the Sonet funds. Beginning with the tough and special subjects, which lack adequate staff, the lecture presentation prepared by experts had been telecasted as part of the educational transmission programmes of Mana TV. The subjects chosen initially for telecast include switching theory and logic designs and principles of programming language for computer engineering students, robotics for mechanical engineering students and bio-chemistry for bio-technology students.

Apprentice selection for Inter vocational passed students

Jul 03, 2003: Hyderabad: Board of Intermediate Education (BIE), AP and Board of Apprenticeship Training, Chennai will conduct a centralised apprentice selection for the intermediate vocational passed students from July 11 to 14. Public and private organisation will select candidates for apprenticeship paying a stipend of Rs 1,090 per month during the one-year training. The candidates should have passed intermediate education after September 2000 from junior colleges approved by the Intermediate Board. The candidate should not be undergoing a similar apprentice training elsewhere and should not have work experience of one year or more. Graduates are not eligible.

OU students for uniform rule

Jul 03, 2003: Hyderabad: The engineering students pursue the same course offered by the State Government but are governed by a different set of rules. This is what engineering students in Osmania University and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) are faced with. Though, the ones at JNTU are slightly in an advantageous position. Engineering students at OU claim that with a different set of rules, they are at loss compared to their peers at JNTU. As per rules, a BE first year student at OU has to clear six of the 12 papers to be promoted to the second year. At JNTU students are promoted to the second year irrespective of the number of subjects they manage to clear the in the first year. Students point out that OU has done away with conducting the supplementary examination for failed engineering students, so that candidates do not lose a year. The system was withdrawn in 1997 due to shortage of staff. Students feel it should reintroduced or the present restrictions be done away with. However, officials say that both the universities have different rules and students are in the know of it.

OU under fire for levying extra fee

Jul 03, 2003: Hyderabad: The decision of the Osmania University to levy an extra fee of Rs 1,000 on students from central and other state boards seeking admission to undergraduate courses has come in for severe criticism both from the student community and academics. Terming it “unjustified and discriminative”, they demanded that the directive be withdrawn and students passing out from central government recognised boards and other state boards too be given equal treatment during admissions. The university, in a circular dated June 5, 2003, had directed principals of colleges to collect Rs 1,000 from these students addition to the normal admission fee. Purportedly, the fees are towards issuance of an eligibility certificate by the registrar’s office. According to sources, such a step was taken to contain the increasing number of admissions over the years as also to prevent any dubious entrants.

SC upholds interim order on admissions

Jul 04, 2003: Bangalore: The managements of unaided professional colleges, including those run by minority educational trusts in Karnataka, suffered a setback as the Supreme Court refused to stay the interim order passed by the Karnataka High Court, stating that 75% of seats in unaided professional colleges should be filled through the Common Entrance Test (CET). Officials ordered that 75% of the seats in unaided professional colleges should be filled through the Common Entrance Test. As far as unaided minority professional colleges were concerned, 50% of the seats had to be filled through the CET. The remaining 25% seats in unaided colleges and 50% seats in unaided minority colleges could be filled by the managements only on the basis of merit. It had ordered that 25% of the seats filled through CET should be reserved for various categories as per the prevailing rules. Although the fee had to be fixed on the basis of infrastructure and other facilities available in the colleges, different fee could not be prescribed for the present academic year, as there were differences between the fee prescribed by the Fee Regulatory Committee and the professional colleges.

SFI protests fee hike and detention system in Andhra University

Jul 04, 2003: Hyderabad: Members of the Student Federation of India burnt the effigy of Andhra University vice-chancellor protesting the fee hike and introduction of detention system in the varsity. The SFI members said that it was not justified to detain students for the entire semester even if they have failed in one subject. Lower and middle income groups suffered due to the increase in the fee structure. They said that students are being subjected to a lot of difficulty as the varsity has not yet started the mess facility even one month after reopening. They added that the three-man committee that was ordered to probe into the matters be made public.

State yields to private college's pressure

Jul 04, 2003: Hyderabad: After the private medical and dental colleges held out of treat of withdrawing from negotiations on fixation of open quota seats, the State Government has climbed down, offering to permit 40% of seats under the management quota, leaving the rest to be filled in the open category. The government also announced the hike in the fee from the existing Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 for seats under the open category. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reportedly brought about this compromise and indications from the Medical and Health Department are that the colleges might accept it. Once the private colleges say ‘yes’, the government will issue orders as Eamcet Counselling date is drawing close. There are 11 medical and an equal number of dental colleges in the State with an intake of over 1,200 seats. Till now the Eamcet Convener was filling 85% of the seats, leaving 15% to the managements.

Eamcet panel to meet

Jul 05, 2003: Hyderabad: The admission committee for Eamcet 2003 (engineering, agriculture and medical common entrance test) to finalise the schedule for counselling for admissions. With counselling for ECET (FDH) admissions decided from July 2 to July 12, the higher education officials are all set to finalise the schedule for Eamcet counselling. The panel will also chalk out the procedure for admissions including seat allotment, fee structure according to the government order issued earlier for government, aided and unaided private colleges. Of the total 63,000 seats available, 10% will set aside for late entrants who had cleared ECET.

ICFAI offers part-time CFA, MBA courses

Jul 05, 2003: Hyderabad: Fast changing market conditions and working styles of corporate executives have influenced the business school of Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) to launch what it calls the campus-based part-time courses or full-time evening-cum-weekend courses in both Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) as well as Master of Business Administration (MBA). These programmes were designed to benefit working executives, professionals and entrepreneurs who were interested in enhancing their skills and career prospectus in the area of finance and management. Stating that the academic eligibility for these programmes was graduation, they said these programmes are flexible and conveniently pursed by working executives. The ICFAI Business School at Hyderabad and seven other IBS centres would offer the programmes in the campus-based part-time courses. The other centres include Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Pune.

JNTU PG entrance exams results out

Jul 05, 2003: Hyderabad: The results of the post-graduate full time-2003 Entrance examination conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University from June 25 to 27 have been declared, the University authorities said. They have been posted in the Internet also. The results can be obtained in the following address: www.jntu.sci.in according to a press release.

Petition for BE colleges dismissed

Jul 05, 2003: Hyderabad: A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Devender Gupta and Justice A. Gopal Reddy dismissed a batch of writ petitions filed by various societies seeking to start engineering colleges in the State. They challenged the action of the State government and the decision of the AICTE not to process any application for the academic year 2003-04. The petitioners contended that the AICTE should not insist on “No Objection Certificate” from the State government and the ICTE could not have amended regulations after inviting applications.

JNTU's Rs 2 crore e-library to open soon

Jul 07, 2003: Hyderabad: The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) is soon going to have an electronic library on its campus. The first-storey of the proposed three-storied library is already completed and the library would be completed and the library would be completed and the library would be completed and library would be completed and the library within a year. The Rs 2 crore library funded by the university development fund will witness free access to all the existing journals of the library and similar access to other reputed varsities and institutions. The same facility will also be extended to campus libraries at Anantapur and Kakinada and also the constituent colleges of the varsity. Presently, the varsity library at Masab Tank contains nearly 19,000 technical books and subscribe 105 technical journals and 165 on-line journals. The varsity will soon have an independent space for its School of Information and Technology (SIT). The work, a Rs 6 crore project funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the UDF, will accommodate Institute of Post Graduate Studies and Research (IPGSR) which is presently located at the Masab Tank.

50% seats to be filled on merit and 50 under management quota

Jul 09, 2003: Hyderabad: The State Government and the Andhra Pradesh Medical College Management’s Association have reached a consensus to fill 50% of the seats in private medical colleges through Eamcet convenor and the remaining 50% through managements. The fee for medical seats to be filled by the convenor on the basis of Eamcet ranks followed rule of reservation has been fixed at Rs 55,000 per seat uniformly. From the management quota, however, 25% of seats would be filled by charging a fee of Rs 2 lakh per seat. These admissions would be made following rule of reservation and with the help of the Eamcet convenor. The remaining 25% seats will be filled data the managements discretion. Though the upper limit for the fee has not been fixed, it is expected to be around Rs 4 lakh per annum. Similarly, for dental seats, 50% will be filled through Eamcet convenor at a fee of Rs 40,000. The convenor will fill another 25% under management quota at Rs 1.5 lakh. The remaining 25% seats will be filled by the managements. No upper limit for fee has been fixed.

B Tech students of Osmania can join IICT

Jul 09, 2003: Hyderabad: The B.Tech students of the Osmania University can join the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) for their research programmes. The institute will take 15 B Tech students every year. The students will be paid Rs 9,000 per month during the first two years in which they have to complete their Ph.D registration in the university. After registration the students will be paid Rs 12,000 per month. The duration of the research will be for five with provision for one-year extension. The students will have to work full-time with the IICT except attending to occasional academic work in the varsity. Other modalities of the course will be worked out soon. Presently, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and Osmania University are jointly working on four collaborative research areas apart from Environment and Forensic Science Courses. The new set up will help joint initiatives in areas like Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Management and Transfer, Consultancy Work and other research programmes.

Case filed against new engineering colleges

Jul 10, 2003: The decision of the AICTE to accord sanction to new engineering colleges has been opposed by the new engineering colleges has been opposed by the Private Rural Engineering Colleges Managements association on the ground that the government should first set in order the present set up, which according to them has gone haywire. The association wants a high level committee to evaluate the technical educational scenario in the State, particularly, the need to start more engineering colleges, considering the fact that thousands of existing seats are not being filled. The association alleges that officials were clearing some pending No Objection Certificates (NOCs) hurriedly in view of High Court judgement stating that an NOC from the government was must before the AICTE gave its nod. Those who obtained NOCs a few years ago but could not set up colleges were “buying” the NOCs.

Private colleges to contest government fee

Jul 10, 2003: Hyderabad: Counselling for admissions into private medical and dental colleges in the state is likely to be delayed as the Andhra Pradesh Private Medical and Dental College Managements Association is set to challenge the management quota and fee structure stipulated by the government. This year 1,500 medical and 920 dental seats are available in the 14 medical and 10 dental private colleges in the state. The government has fixed Rs 55,000 for medical and Rs 40,000 for dental seats for the Eamcet convenor’s quota. A fee of Rs 2 lakh has been fixed for medical and Rs 1.1 lakh for dental seats to be filled by the management on the basis of the Eamcet rank. This leaves 25% of the seats for the private colleges to sell as they like. The association says the fee structure set by the government is not enough for private colleges which need revenue of Rs 16 crore per annum to keep the classes going.

College case sent to statue bench

Jul 11, 2003: Hyderabad: Counselling for engineering, agricultural and medical streams in the state is likely to be delayed further in the light of the Supreme Court’s latest decision to admit writ petition in order to re-examine the issue of freedom for private unaided professional colleges in the admission procedures. The apex court’s decision will affect the counselling process as a major junk of engineering and medical seats are available in private colleges. Though the SC did not direct the state government to stop the counselling process, the government will take a final decision after examining the judgement. Counselling for engineering students was earlier fixed on July 18 and for the medical stream, the government was yet to finalise the date. Though the issue was settled by the court sometime ago, confusion was prevailed over the admission procedure in hundreds of unaided minority professional educational institutions (UMEI) across the country. The key issues to be decided are: To what extent can the states regulate the admissions to private unaided colleges and to what extent the state can regulate the capitation fee charged by such institutions. The private unaided colleges said that in a recent judgement the Supreme Court had given freedom to the minority educational institution in making admissions.

Maharashtra freezes medical admisions

Jul 11, 2003: New Delhi: The fate of thousands of students aspiring to become doctors today hung in balance with the Maharashtra Government freezing admission to all State-run medical and dental colleges for 2003-04 and the Supreme Court directing postponement of the second round of counselling for the 15% seats under the All-India Medical Quota Scheme in all States. The Union Government had filed an application before the court stating that such unilateral withdrawal from the scheme would upset the entire scheme. The Union Government stated that as the Maharashtra Government had frozen admissions to its medical and dental courses, which was implementing the scheme, would postpone the second round of counselling scheduled for July 18th. The second round of counselling for the All India Quota as well as the admissions to the medical and dental college seats in the State would now depend on the outcome of the hearing of the petitions before the apex court.

Education UK to brief students

Jul 12, 2003: Hyderabad: Education UK, in association with American Express Travellers Cheques group and Matrix Cellular Services will hold a pre-departure briefing session for students, who got admissions in educational institutions of the UK on July 12 at Hotel Viceroy. The briefing will provide information on all that a student needs to know after receiving a letter of admission from a college or university and before he or she leaves for the UK. Information will also be provided on immigration and student visa procedures, foreign exchange, travel, student accommodation in the UK, working part-time and health care in the UK.

Minority engineering colleges flout govt on counselling

Jul 12, 2003: Hyderabad: About 12 minority engineering colleges and two pharmacy colleges have reportedly begun admission process much before the mandatory counseling. The government issued an order stating that counseling for engineering students will begin from July 18 and has permitted private engineering colleges to start their admissions from that date. However, some of the minority colleges are reported to have started the process in June itself. According to GO Ms 34, the minority professional institutions should issue a notification in all leading newspaper inviting applications along with the cost of the application, seats available in each course, eligibility criterion and the fee.

The order also states that the application forms should be made available at reasonable cost to the candidates at the sale counter of the colleges concerned and at the offices of the principal secretary of minority welfare department, technical education commissioner and AP State Council of Higher Education secretary. But students complained that many minority colleges under Planning, Coordinating and Minority Board for Minorities (PCBM) had conducted admissions and also conducted fees without issuing admission forms at these counters or giving any notification. The PCBM had declared its counseling dates for admission through MEMCET rank cards, while also asking for EAMCET ranks, the students complained.

Haryana university to set up study centre in city

Jul 14, 2003: Hyderabad: The Haryana-based Guru Jambeshwar University will set up a study centre in Hyderabad through Surya Education Academy at Chandanagar on the city outskirts soon. According to University of Hyderabad the centre will provide quality education through distance mode. The varsity has been accredited with ‘A’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The centre will offer six post-graduate diploma, eight post-graduate degree and four undergraduate courses. The courses are mostly job-oriented and will be available with nominal fees. ‘Lateral entry and early exit’ will be the important feature of the courses enabling the students to complete their post-graduate degrees within a year since the varsity has provision to take students directly in second or third year of the courses.

Simultaneous exams sought for B.Ed batches

Jul 14, 2003: Hyderabad: The Joint Action Committee of various students’ unions urged the State Government to conduct examinations at the same time for B.Ed students of Edcet 2002-03, who are admitted through two rounds of counselling. Students in 112 old colleges were admitted in the first round and those in 142 new colleges in the second-round counselling. School Education Minister Mandava Venkateshwara Rao had assured in the past that exams would be held for both batches at the same time. Officials pointed out that different universities, in their academic circular, had mentioned that the students of the first batch would have its exams in December and the second batch in March/April next year.

Teacher's meet calls for reforms in exam system

Jul 14, 2003: Hyderabad: A conclave of teachers affiliated to the Progressive Recognised Teacher’s Union (PRTU) asked for the state government to give a serious thought on the need for reforms in the examination system. There was an urgent need to bring about a radical change in the examination system, including mandatory internal evaluation, to help the students to have a cohesive understanding of the subject according to the PRTU officials. They asked the government to immediately dissolve the district common examination board. The union also urged the government to introduce a 45-day training course for teachers on qualitative education to improve their teaching standard.

B.Tech colleges flout placement rule

Jul 15, 2003: Hyderabad: With nearly 225 engineering colleges in the state from which more than 45,000 engineers graduate every year, one problem that these colleges face is job placements for its students. Most of these colleges, therefore, flout the rule of setting up a job placement cells in their campuses. Even if some colleges have placement cells, very few actually conduct campus interviews for its students. As per All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), every institute should have a training and placement cell headed by an officer of the cadre of professor, who should be responsible for developing links between the colleges and corporate bodies. The officer should evaluate the job potential of the students passing from different branches of engineering and arrange for in-campus interviews and in-plant training.

The state has been producing a minimum of 45,000 engineering graduates every year in the last few years. The state has already reached its plan target of 50 engineering graduates per one lakh students. Further, more than 90% of these colleges have no standard libraries as according to the sources. The State Council of Higher Education decided to take up academic audit and grading of engineering colleges to help students select a college of their choice to pursue their studies based on the grading, not even 15 % of the 225 engineering colleges in the state opted for grading. The government should make it mandatory that all the engineering colleges be graded based on the infrastructure, faculty, campus interviews, libraries, teaching methodology and other parameters to enhance the standard of education.

Girls fare better in Inter supplementary exams

Jul 15, 2003: Hyderabad: Girls fared better than boys in the Intermediate second year advanced supplementary examination with 38.62 pass %age compared to 33.57% of boys. The overall pass %age was 35.42. The examination was held in June, 2003. Releasing the results, Higher Education Minister N Md Farooq said, out of 2,69,630 candidates who appeared for examination, 95,512 have passed and among whom 69,983 are regular candidates. Nalgonda district scored the highest 47.20 pass %age and Srikakulam ended up being the lowest with 28.32%. Hyderabad district registered 36.21 pass %age. Memos of marks would be despatched to the Regional Inspection Office (RIO)s from July 19. Students can obtain their marks from the colleges from July 23. The discrepancies in the memorandum of marks should be referred to the BIE through concerned principals before August 23.

Medical counselling likely by month-end

Jul 15, 2003: Hyderabad: Counselling for medical admissions in the State may commence in the last week of this month. The State government is making arrangements for issuing the necessary Government Orders specifying the number of colleges, seats and the rule of reservation by July 25. Based on the GOs, the NTR University of Health Sciences will issue notification, which will set in motion the process of counselling. However, the government is also awaiting the Supreme Court orders in the medical college admissions case, which would be coming up for hearing on July 22. The medical education authorities are eagerly looking forward for receiving consent letter from the private medical college managements on the fee structure. The managements and the authorities came to an understanding on the issue last week. According to sources, the private managements are planning to seek some clarifications on the method of Counselling for the ‘C’ category seats which will be filled by them within the ambit of the rule of reservation.

Colleges petition SC to stay Eamcet counselling

Jul 16, 2003: Hyderabad: A few minority engineering college managements in the state have approached the Supreme Court to stay the Eamcet counselling for admissions scheduled to begin from July 18, urging it to hold it only after the Supreme Court verdict on July 22. Of the 217 private engineering colleges in the state, 54 are minority institutions. Of these 54, 33 are run by Muslim managements and 21 are Christian-run colleges. A majority of those who approached the Supreme Court are said to be colleges run by Muslim managements. Earlier, these colleges had approached the Supreme Court for an increase in the permitted quota of seats that could be filled by the management and also urged it to enhance the fee structure. They are awaiting the Supreme Court decision, which is due to come on July 22. The colleges have also approached the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) to postpone the counselling from July 18 to July 22. In a related development, about 10 such colleges have surrendered a share of the management seats – ranging from 10 to 20 % – to the Eamcet convenor. This would be apart from the mandatory 30% of the seats in these colleges that are to be filled by the convenor of Eamcet admissions. The APSCHE had fixed July 15 as the last date for these colleges to surrender the management seats, if any, to be filled by the convenor and to hold the counselling till August 31. Even while filling up their own quotas, managements have to follow Eamcet ranks, APSCHE said.

Panel examines minority status of BE colleges

Jul 16, 2003: Hyderabad: The minority status of 23 engineering colleges, which was withdrawn by the minority welfare department after the expiry of their one-year term, is being considered for extension by a committee of officials of the higher education department. If two-third members of a society are from the minority community, the society can establish a minority educational institution with 55% of seats of such college to be filled by the minority candidates. The minority welfare department verifies these institutions as regards to procedure of admission, particularly the admissions of the minority candidates, and grants the minority status for a year.

Pvt degree college lecturers to get exemption benefit

Jul 16, 2003: Hyderabad: The government has assured to extend exemption benefit in regard to National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) to private degree college teachers within a month, according to SRK Prasad, President of Affiliated College Teachers’ Association. This was discussed at a meeting by the Minister of Higher Education N Md Farooq with the representatives of the association. The Minister is also stated to have promised to arrange regular payment of salaries after discussing the issue with the Finance Minister. Other issues such as UGC, CAS, DA arrears and filing up of backlog vacancies were also discussed.

States in a bind over central aid to education plan

Jul 16, 2003: New Delhi: The government’s flip-flop on the issue of routing funds under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) has had state finance ministers running back to the drawing board. Earlier, states were looking to have direct control of finances for the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA). State governments had hoped that the money being earmarked for the implementation of SSA would be routed through them. They had appealed to the finance ministry to direct the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) to transfer the money to the state governments directly. At present, the Centre transfers the money to the state SSA societies. State governments have to transfer their share of the funding to this society for the implementation of the programme. Sources say that MHRD was not keen on transferring the funds to the states directly. The ministry feared that funds would be utilised for purposes other than implementation of the universalisation of elementary education programme.

Citing consensus reached at this meeting, the finance ministry sent out a missive to all administrative ministries to earmark funds directly to state coffers instead of giving it to project-implementing agencies. States were, in turn, mandated to pass on these funds to end-users within a stipulated time of three weeks. The finance ministry also made it clear that states failing to meet this deadline may not be given the next instalment. The order stipulated central ministries to devise monitoring systems to ensure that funds released to states are passed on to end-users within the stipulated time and the end-users, in turn, deploy funds for the purpose for which they are meant and submit utilisation certificates on time. However, another order was issued by the finance ministry in May waiving the norm (of routing funds to the CF of States) for externally funded projects which are under implementation or in an advanced stage of clearance from funding agencies where the stipulation of direct funding has been agreed upon.

CPI for all-party meet on fee in professional colleges

Jul 24, 2003: Hyderabad: The CPI(M) has urged the State Government to convene an all-party meet to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court ruling out any review of its ruling on the fees structure in the professional colleges. The CPI(M) State secretary, B.V. Raghavulu, said that in the light of the Apex Court’s observation, there is need to take a fresh look at the problem arising out of the introduction of the common fee structure by doing away with the system of free seats for meritorious students. He suggested that the State Government should strive for an enactment by Parliament to facilitate restoration of free seats in professional colleges. Following the Supreme Court’s verdict of October 2002, the State Government has introduced a common fee structure for all the students of the professional colleges irrespective of the ranks held by them in the common entrance examination. The system with free and payment seats are dispensed with.

Let-down for M.Tech aspirants

Jul 24, 2003: Hyderabad: Applying for admission into postgraduate engineering courses seems to be a costly affair. Even as the engineering fee hike controversy gains momentum, M.Tech aspirants are feeling the pinch to apply in various colleges. They want the government to reduce the application fee in all the PG engineering courses, pointing out that the fee in each college is not less than Rs 500 and even more in a few colleges. Since the seats are limited, students tend to apply in nearly 10 colleges all over the country and mostly in the State, ending up spending more than Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000. Students want the state government to intervene and direct the universities and colleges to reduce the fee to Rs 200 or less. However, the AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) assures that the matter will be discussed at the next Vice-Chancellor’s meeting.

Poor facilities irk students and parents

Jul 24, 2003: Hyderabad: All is not well with the counselling for engineering admissions though reported to be going on smoothly since its beginning on July 18, students on Monday complained that they were being asked to pay Rs 300 as registration fee for counselling as against the official Rs 200 fee. Further, they were being issued a receipt only for an amount of Rs 200. Moreover majority of students complained of suffocation because of poor ventilation at the counselling centre at Masab Tank. At the Masab Tank venue, two small TV sets had been placed to provide the list of engineering colleges in the state, courses available and vacancy positions, but none could be seen clearly. Even technical education department’s website was not accessible from morning, to know the vacancy position, the students wail.

ABVP demands scrapping of common fee

Jul 26, 2003: Hyderabad: Thousands of Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists staged a dharna at the Eamcet counselling centre at JNTU, demanding the state government roll back the newly introduced common fee structure. ABVP said that the new policy was meant to entertain the private colleges, most of which were below average standard. Meanwhile, most of the parents and students cried foul over the system. Due to the common fee structure there was no other option for a student, but to go for a private college, even in rural areas where there was hardly any library, lab or experienced faculty. Most of the parents criticised the lack grading system for the private colleges adding that the students were kept in darkness. Out of nearly 215 private colleges, only eleven are accredited.

Change in Inter exam pattern likely

Jul 26, 2003: Hyderabad: The State Government is contemplating changes in the examination pattern of Intermediate courses from the current academic year. Minister for Higher Education NMD Farooq told that in the changed model majority of the questions would be in objective type. He said 50% of the questions would be easy ones. Model question papers would be released next month.

New rules for foreign technical universities

Jul 26, 2003: New Delhi: The All-India Council for Technical Education is clamping down on foreign institutes operating in the country. They must follow AICTE rules or shut shop. The Human Resources Development Ministry told the Lok Sabha that any foreign university offering technical courses in India must get AICTE approval before they can offer degrees and diplomas. The rule also applies to foreign institutes collaborating with Indian ones. So far, 25 universities have applied for registration with the AICTE. Others have up to November 5 to apply. An AICTE notification makes clear the foreign universities running in India must offer the kind of education they offer back home. They should offer the same syllabus and certificates and there should be “no major deviation” with the procedures on admissions, entry qualifications and examination grades. AICTE also doesn’t want the foreign universities to try out “educational innovations” unless they are well established in India or in the parent country.

Students prefer city BE colleges

Jul 26, 2003: Hyderabad: On the eighth day of counselling for the engineering admissions, most of the seats in colleges in and around the twin cities have been snapped up by the students. According to the information, seats are available only in colleges situated in district headquarters and in towns. As per the figures released by the technical education department, 12,974 students were admitted into various colleges. Demand for the electronics stream continued to be on the high side as 4,255 students opted for electronics and communications engineering (ECE) and 2,594 candidates joined electrical and electronics engineering (EEE) branch in various colleges. Similarly 2,024 students joined computer science engineering (CSE), while 1,374 preferred mechanical and 506 civil engineering branches. Earlier, hundreds of ABVP activists tried to disrupt the counselling at the Masab Tank centre protesting the new fee structure.

Engg. College gets ISO certificate

Jul 28, 2003: Hyderabad: The Medak-based Royal College of Engineering has been awarded ISO-9001: 2000 certificate of National Quality Assurance of the UK. Sikkim Governor V Rama Rao participated in the second anniversary celebrations of the college. Technical Education Minister Neralla Anjaneyulu presented the Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) certificate to the college Principal Col K Prabhakar Rao.

Over 21,000 seats vacant in TN engineering colleges

Jul 28, 2003: Chennai: Counselling session of the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions 2003 under the single window system ended with bad news for atleast 50 unaided colleges in the State. A total of 21,505 seats remained vacant at the end of the session, this in addition to over 5,000 vacant seats under the ‘management quota’ in 225 unaided colleges. The colleges are free to fill the vacancies on their own, treating them as ‘lapsed seats’. The counselling under SWS admissions for the vocational group began on June 30. The main counselling to fill 47,717 seats in the Anna University, government and aided colleges, besides unaided institutions, were conducted from July 3 in Chennai, Tiruchi, Madurai and Coimbatore. At the end of the counselling, 25,912 students were allotted seats, including over 12,000 from Chennai alone.

GO issued on MBBS admissions

Jul 29, 2003: Kakinada: Health and Medical Services Minister Kodela Sivaprasad said that a GO had been issued on the admissions to the MBBS course. The first phase of the counselling would be completed by August 15. The minister accused the Medical Council of India (MCI) for showing step-motherly treatment towards Andhra Pradesh. He alleged that preferences were being given to Karnataka ignoring the claims of Andhra Pradesh. He said due to the policies of the MCI, 270 medical seats in government colleges had to be forfeited. Though the Government had rectified all the shortcomings highlighted by a visiting MCI team, the MCI had affected a cut in the quota of seats. Efforts were on the bring pressure on the Central Health Ministry to restore the reduced seats to the State.

Inter Board review meets an exercise in futility

Jul 29, 2003: Vishakapatnam: The Board of Intermediate Education conducted a regional-level review meeting. Representatives of 180 Government colleges from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vishakapatnam, East and West Godavari and Krishna districts participated in the meeting. Higher Education Minister N Md Farooq and Board of Intermediate Education Commissioner and Secretatary B Kripanandam jointly reviewed college-wise performance in Intermediate Public Examinations-2003. The top bosses asked the colleges to achieve 60-pass %age in 2004 examinations. The response from the principals was a big “Yes Sir”. Some principals went over board to assure even upto 80%.

Common engineering fee turns a bone of contention

Jul 30, 2003: Hyderabad: The newly-introduced common fee structure in private engineering colleges is a cause for confusion for both parents and students. With most students opting for the 'usually preferable' private engineering colleges, those with comparatively low ranks are forced to seek admission at 'weaker' colleges. So when the first phase of Eamcet counselling will come to a close on August 3, the State will witness two different classes among the students in terms of their ranks and chosen colleges. Earlier, all private engineering colleges had both free and payment seat facility. But, now with Rs 22,000 fee structure in all private engineering colleges, there will be an unequal distribution of talent. Only the students having comparatively good ranks will be distributed among the few good colleges in the city limits having all necessary facilities and rest of the students are left to their fate.

Recognition to 3 PVT medical colleges in AP withdrawn

Jul 30, 2003: Hyderabad: The cancellation of recognition accorded to three private medical colleges and reduction of seats in five government by the medical council of India (MCI) has come as a 'shock' to the state and 'bad news' for students awaiting for counseling. The reduction in the number of seats in the five government colleges in the state - Kakinada, Tirupati, Warangal, Kurnool and Ananthapur by 270 means that counseling will now be held only for 930 seats as against the 1,200 available in all the 10 government colleges. The Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the notification for counseling to government medical colleges would be issued in a day or two. The State Government has asked the NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada to start counseling as early as possible and end the process by August 15. As no decision has been taken yet on the fee structure in the 11 private medical colleges, the counseling will be limited to government colleges to begin with. The process in respect of private colleges will begin after the Chief Minister accords approval to the three-tier fee system. Under this 50% seats will be in the open category (Rs 55,000) 25% in payment category and the remaining 25% in management category (upto Rs 4 lakh).

Decks cleared for admissions to law colleges

Jul 31, 2003: Hyderabad: The decks for admissions into law colleges have been cleared with the Bar Council of India (BCI) approving the affiliation to law colleges in the state for the academic year 2003-04. The admissions to the law colleges would now take place on the basis of the Lawcet results. It may be recalled that though the results were declared sometime back, distribution of rank cards to the candidates had been withheld by Lawcet convenor Prof T V Subba Rao on the grounds that the government was awaiting the BCI’s approval of affiliation to 38 law colleges in the state. This includes five colleges affiliated to the various universities in the state. The rank card, list of law colleges in the state and the option form would be sent to the candidates soon. This would be followed by the schedule for counselling.

Govt doctors opt for private colleges

Jul 31, 2003: Hyderabad: The state had lost 270 medical seats in five government colleges and three colleges were derecognised this academic year as the government had failed to retain qualified faculty in the medical colleges. The reason for not being able to retain qualified staff is said to be unattractive salary offered by these colleges. The state government originally had 1,200 seats. According to sources, senior doctors who were also working as professors in government colleges had applied for voluntary retirement for better salary and perks in private colleges and lucrative practice in private hospitals. As against a salary of Rs 10,000 received by a professor in a government medical college, the private colleges pay Rs 50,000 per month. To overcome the acute shortage of faculty in the government medical colleges, the government had opted for hiring retired medical professors. The response to this is said to be lukewarm as even the retired professors were not willing to join for the paltry amount, the sources said. Despite the shortcomings, the government has approached the Medical Council of India for granting 1,200 seats in 10 government colleges and to withdraw the cancellation of recognition to medical colleges in Kuppam, Karimnagar and Eluru. NTR University of Health Sciences vice-chancellor Prof. G Shamsunder said the government order is awaited and soon after that the notification will be issued for admissions.