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Kakatiya University revamps hostel room allocation process

Sep 01, 2003: Warangal: In an attempt to rid the campus hostel of the problem of outsiders, the Kakatiya University has revamped the whole process of allocation of rooms by plugging the loopholes from staying in the university hostels. As per the new rules, no outsider will be allowed to stay in the hostels. Even the relatives of the hostel inmates should first get the permission of the warden to meet their wards. They also would not be allowed to stay in the hostel. The Vivekananda hostel was allotted to M.Phil and Ph.D students. Meanwhile, four students, who were found to have created a ruckus in the university recently, were suspended. University sources say that the suspension will be in place till further orders.

Top rankers opt for ECE and EEE

Sep 01, 2003: Hyderabad: Even as the computer-savvy Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, is relentlessly promoting the cause of information technology, computer sciences engineering nose-dived to third place in order of preference of students seeking admission to engineering colleges in the State. Instead the students are flocking to pursue Electronic and Communication Engineering (ECE) or Electrical & Electronic Engineering choosing much-hyped Computer Sciences Engineering (CSE) only as the third option. The major reason for this could be the IT slow-down worldwide in the last couple of years. Five of the top 10 rankers in Eamcet opted for ECE and the pattern is being followed by others.

The number of seats in ECE, EEE and CSE courses constitute around 70% of the 65,000 seats in the 223 engineering colleges in the state. Even after taking admission to CSE, students are exploring the possibility of readjustment and jump into the course of their choice despite experts like IIIT chairman, Prof Raj Reddy and others opining that IT is no mere flash in the pan whose golden age has ‘just begun’. While the job opportunities in the IT sector are no less compared to ECE and EEE, the candidates are avoiding information technology. The only advantage an ECE graduate has over the CSE graduate is that the former can take up computer science as a specialisation in the post graduation and not vice-versa. While civil engineering also has lot of potential due to steep increase in the construction activity, there are just 1,130 seats in the entire state and mostly in government colleges.

35,753 engineering seats filled

Sep 02, 2003: Hyderabad: As many as 35,753 seats have been filled as on Monday during the counselling for engineering colleges admissions of the available 49,347 seats, Rank holders between 25,001-55,000 attended the counselling with 1,980 candidates registered and 1,377 taking fresh admissions. The total number of allotments made was 1,870, according to a press release.

Intermediate exam fees date announced

Sep 02, 2003: Hyderabad: The Board of intermediate Education has announced the dates of payment of fees for the first year Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE) scheduled to be held in March 2004. The fee for general courses is Rs 150/- and vocational courses Rs 200/- (Rs 150 + Rs 50 for practicals), according to BIE. The last date for payment of the fee without fine of Rs 100/- is September 22. The due dates for payment of fee are applicable to both general and vocational students.

University invites applications for MBBS and BDS

Sep 02, 2003: Hyderabad: The NTR University of Health Sciences has invited applications from candidates who have made the Eamcet 2003 grades and satisfy the local and non-local status for admission into MBBS and BDS courses. The aspiring candidates should have passed the intermediate examinations with Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and English individually and must have scored not less than 50% taking together in Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. For SC and ST candidates the marks obtained should not be less than 40%. Applications can be obtained from the university by paying through a demand draft of Rs 600/- (in person) and Rs 650/- (by post) for SC and ST candidates, and Rs 800 in person and Rs 850 (by post) for other candidates. The draft must be drawn in favour of the Registrar, University of Health Sciences. The sale of applications forms will start from September 8 and the last date of sale is September 16. Last date for submission of filled in application forms is September 17.

GO on medical counselling likely tomorrow

Sep 03, 2003: Hyderabad: The long overdue Government Order for commencing counselling for admission to medical and dental colleges is likely to be issued on September 4. This follows an understanding reached between the Andhra Pradesh Private Medical and Dental Colleges Management’s Association and the State Government on the fee structure at a meeting presided over by the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu. 50% of the seats in private medical colleges will be filled by the Government through the regular counselling process on the payment of Rs 55,000 as annual fee. 25% of the seats will be filled by the managements on the basis of candidates’ merit in Eamcet and on payment of Rs 2 lakhs per annum as fee. The candidates will have to submit separate applications to the association for admission to private medical colleges. The rule of reservations will be followed. No fee has been prescribed for the remaining 25% of the seats, constituting management quota, and each college has been given the discretion to collect the fee on the basis of its facilities.

Over 1,000 students take Eamcet admissions

Sep 03, 2003: Hyderabad: Over 1,272 fresh candidates took admission during the counselling for engineering colleges in the state under Eamcet-2003 here on Thursday. The ranks called were between 55,001 and 81,000 and 1,428 got them registered. The allotments made were 1,302, according to a press release.

Pay Rs 50,000 for a private medical college

Sep 03, 2003: Hyderabad: After weeks of haggling with the managements of private colleges, the government finalised the fee for various categories of seats in private medical and dental colleges in the state. 50% of the seats in private medical colleges will be filled on the basis of the Eamcet ranking. The fee for a seat in this category will be Rs 50,000. Half of the seats in this category are reserved for SC, ST and BC candidates. 25% of the seats will be filled by the managements on the basis of their own counselling process but again, on the basis of the Eamcet ranking list. The remaining 25% of the seats will be left to the college managements to fill at a fee fixed by them. The number of seats in this category has been left to the discretion of the college managements. For seats in dental colleges, the fee would be Rs 40,000 for 50% of the seats to be filled on the basis of the Eamcet ranking, and Rs 1.10 lakh for 25% of the seats to be filled by the managements on the basis of Eamcet-based counselling. The remaining 25% have been left to the managements.

BC body threathens stir over Eamcet seats

Sep 04, 2003: Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh State Backward Classes Welfare Association and four other BC organisations have warned of severe consequences if about 9,000 engineering seats allotted for BC students were diverted to the general category. In a statement, the Andhra Pradesh State Backward Classes Welfare Association president, R. Krishnaiah and others, alleged that though the Technical Education Minister, Higher Education Council and Commissioner, Technical Education, had recommended to the government for giving 5% relaxation in the marks obtained in Eamcet for BC students, an officer in Chief Minister’s Office had kept the file pending and was playing with the lives of the poor students.

IGNOU invites applications for new courses

Sep 04, 2003: Hyderabad: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) has invited applications for various programmes for the academic session commencing from January 2004. The courses include computers, library and information sciences, Journalism, communication and creative writing, health, nutrition and childcare, engineering and rural development, management and tourism studies, women and youth development, area-specific awareness, manpower development and MBA. The prospectus for these courses can be obtained from the Ignou regional centre or from the study centres on payment of Rs 30 in cash. The application form can be obtained through post by sending an Indian postal order (IPO) or demand draft (DD) for Rs 80 drawn in favour of Ignou payable at Hyderabad. The electronic version of the prospectus is available at the IGNOU website, www.ignou.com.The form can be downloaded from the website and submitted along with a DD for Rs 30 in addition to the programme fee. The last date for submission of application forms is Sept. 15.

Engineering colleges were asked to control ragging

Sep 05, 2003: Hyderabad: Students pursuing professional courses in the state need to be more vigilant this time while making friends with juniors in the name of ragging. In the light of the recent ragging incident in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, where five students where expelled from the college for ragging their junior and the nationwide publicity it received, heads of all engineering colleges in the State have been asked to ensure that freshers are protected from the prying eyes of the seniors. The recently held meeting of principals of 200-odd affiliated engineering colleges of the Jawaharlala Nehru Technological University (JNTU) discussed the issue and the Principals were asked to give wide publicity to the Prevention of Ragging Act 1997 through posters and sensitisation programmes in their respective colleges. Officials say that ragging incidents have largely been noticed in professional colleges in the State. Several such incidents were reported in medical, engineering and agricultural colleges even after the prevention of Ragging Act came into being in 1997. Several parents urge for preventive measures to curb the menace.

Engineering counseling

Sep 06, 2003: Hyderabad: As many as 47 candidates were admitted in the engineering counseling held for the Children or Armed Personnel (CAP) and NCC categories on Friday. For admissions under the CAP category. Out of the 49,347 seats available, 38, 478 seas have been filled so far.

October 10 is last date for MBA exam fee

Sep 06, 2003: Hyderabad: The last date for payment of MBA third year first spell examination fee for students of B.R. Ambedkar Open University is October 10. The examinations are to be held from November 5 to 10 this year. Examination registration forms are being dispatched to residential address of year 2000 batch students. The MBA old batch candidates can collect forms from their respective study centers or from the Controller of Examinations, Jubilee Hills.

Over 10,000 engineering seats go abegging in state

Sep 06, 2003: Hyderabad: Over 10,000 engineering seats remained vacant for want of candidates after the month-long counseling for admission to engineering colleges ended on Friday. Late Friday night, the government decided to turn over all the unfilled seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes to the open category can now hope to get 4000 seats for which there were no takers from the SC/ST category.

Informed sources said fresh counseling will be held from September 12 to 22 for these seats. A notification will be issued in a couple of days inviting candidates who secured Eamcet ranks beyond 45,000 in the male category and 55,000 in the female category. The government had called all SC and ST students who took Eamcet – regardless of their rank – for counseling and offered them a seat. Even then, about 4,000 seats remained vacant in the SC and ST quota on Friday. Faced with seats going abegging. BC interest groups are demanding lowering of the qualifying mark for BC students by about five %. Sources said the government might concede the demand, by which device about 500-1,000 seats might be filled. Even that would leave 5,000 seats with no takers.

SAAP-varsity row puts students in fix

Sep 06, 2003: Hyderabad: Students eligible for admissions in medical colleges under the sports quota for 2003 may have to wait for one more year for admission in medical colleges thanks to the stand-off between NTR University of Health Sciences and Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh. The NTR University of Health Sciences is insisting that each student, eligible under sports quota, has to approach SAAP on their own to acquire Graduation Certificates. SAP officials have declined to issue such certificates to students on the pretext that they cannot issue them to individual students.

It may be recalled that the Medical Council of India has set September 30 as the final date for completing all admissions in various medical colleges in the state. To hasten the process of getting Graduation Certificates the NTR University decided to ask the candidates to individually approach the SAP and get the certificates. Previously, NTR University sent all the sports quota applications and issue certificates.

Applications invited for physiotherapy course

Sep 08, 2003: Hyderabad: The NTR University of Health Sciences has invited applications for admission to the Master of Physiotherapy course, available in five physiotherapy colleges affiliated to the university, for the academic year 2003-2004. Application forms can be obtained by post by submitting a written requisition along with a crossed demand draft for Rs 1,000 in favour of Registrar, NTR University of Health Sciences, payable at Vijayawada. The fee for SC and ST candidates is Rs 850, a press release issued by the university said. Filled in application forms with all necessary documents should reach the Registrar, NTR University of Health Sciences, on or before September 30, 2003.

The eligibility criteria for admission into the course are a pass in the BPT course completed on or before August 31, 2003. The admissions would be made into Kakatiya College of physiotherapy, Warangal; Venkata Padmavathi College of physiotherapy, Tirupati; Susruta institute of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Hyderabad; Swatantra Institute of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Rajhmundry and Southern Institute of medical sciences, Guntur. The application forms can be obtained from the above give colleges or from the Registrar, NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada and the officer on special duty. NTR university of Health Sciences office, DME Building, Koti, Hyderabad.

OU issues notice for MBA, MCA admissions

Sep 08, 2003: Hyderabad: Osmania University (OU) has called for admissions to 30 % seats in the MBA and MCA courses of the minority colleges under its jurisdiction for the academic year 2003-04. Those candidates who have qualified in the integrated combined entrance test (ICET-2003) and could not apply earlier for MBA, MCA courses can directly attend the counseling at the University College for Women, Koti, according to the order (GO No 46). The candidates with the relevant certificates and fee and with payment of Rs 500 can attend counseling.

The counseling schedule has been displayed at the OU directorate of admissions and also on the university website at www.osmania.ac.in. For further details contact the OU office of the directorate of admissions or call 27682284

Students in a fix over 270 medical seats

Sep 08, 2003: Hyderabad: Though the government has decided to go ahead with the counseling for the 270 medical seats in five government colleges ignoring Medical Council of India (MCI) directive, Eamcet rankers are sceptical about the fate of these seats as the matter is pending for adjudication in the Supreme Court. The MCI in the last week of August specifically asked the government not to conduct counseling for these seats until the anomalies like faculty and other related aspects were addresses in Kurnool Medical College, Rangaraya Medical College (Kakinada), Government Medical College (Anantapur), Kakatiya Medical College (Warangal) and S V Medical College (Tirupati). The government appears to have ignored the MCI order in a bid to comply with the apex court’s deadline to complete the admission process both for the medical and dental seats by September 30. But it should have settled the row before issuing the GO for counseling, K Prakash Rao, parent of an Eamcet ranker said.

Principal Secretary, medical and health, Chaya Ratan, however, said that the government had replied to the objections raised by the MCI and expressed hope that the issue would be resolved at the earliest.

BE counselling from Sept. 24

Sep 09, 2003: Hyderabad: Counselling for the 11,268 unfilled engineering and pharmacy seats in various colleges in the state will commence on September 24 and end on September 29. The government will issue notification for the counselling on September 16. Moreover, the government has relaxed the admission norms for the management quota seats in the engineering colleges. Forty marks in Eamcet is now enough to get admission in this category or 50 % marks in group subjects in the Intermediate or equivalent.

Further, the unfilled seats in respect of Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe category and seats cancelled in OC category have been notified for counselling and the process would commence from September 11 and continue up to September 22, according to sources.

Row over private medical seats

Sep 09, 2003: Hyderabad: The admission process for management-quota seats in private medical and dental colleges appears to be heading for a legal wrangle over the minimum qualification norm. In its agreement with managements, the government left 25 % seats to the private institutions to fill – subject to a minimum qualification: a pass in Intermediate or Plus Two (with Biology, Physics and Chemistry). However, this would go against the recent Supreme Court verdict which had categorically laid down that all applicants ought to qualify in a common entrance in professional courses.

The court had stated that seats in private colleges must be filled up by the management and the state government in the ratio of 50:50. But it had not relaxed the norms on the minimum qualification, which is a qualifying mark in a common entrance test. However, in case of engineering colleges, admission to the management quota seats was based either on the Eamcet rank or 50 % marks in the subjects concerned. This was so because the relevant GO pertaining to the admission procedure was issued before the apex court’s verdict.

Court notice to Centre on AP medical college seats row

Sep 10, 2003: New Delhi: The ad hoc committee said, “This permission granted in this tearing hurry without even awaiting an inspection by the MCI, has to be viewed in the backdrop of the admitted fact that in the academic year 2002-03, these government colleges had been admitting students even without receiving the recommendations/permissions from the Central Government." The MCI committee said that if the government had decided to deal with recognition of medical education at its own level, then the MCI had no role and the ad hoc committee could be dispensed with.

MCI fumes over Centre’s nod for more medical seats in AP - Its recommendation disregarded, council refuses to inspect colleges in future

Sep 10, 2003: New Delhi: The Medical Council of India’s ad hoc committee, set up by the Supreme Court to inspect medical colleges, has refused to inspect medical colleges in the future. The health ministry had given MCI a Sept. 30 deadline to resume its functioning or face action thereafter. The ministry and the MCI have been trading blame over renewing permission, allowing five medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh to admit students for batch 2002-2003. The council and its officials are involved in a war of letters since then.

On Aug. 16, the government permitted increasing seats in four Andhra Pradesh government medical colleges in Kurnool, Warangal, Kakinada and Tirupati and renewal of permission for admission in another college in Anantapur. While MCI says the colleges have “gross deficiencies in relation to infrastructure and teaching in these colleges,” the government has said that permission was given after college authorities assured to remove the deficiencies soon.

Applications for MBA by Sept.20

Sep 11, 2003: The last date for applying for admission into MBA (Technology Management) programme offered by OU, under sponsored category for working executives is September 20. The two-year programme is being offered in collaboration with CII, Southern Region and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Govt. prescribes specific NRI quota in medical seats

Sep 11, 2003: Hyderabad: For the first time, the State Government has prescribed a specific NRI quota in seats in its medical colleges. In the order issued recently on fee structure applicable to the private medical colleges, it is stated that 3 % of the total number of seats would be sold in NRIs at the rate of US$12,000. The admissions to these seats would be done by a committee of officials. The EAMCET ranking is not applicable to this quota but the students should meet the eligibility criteria.

According to Medical and Health Minister K Sivaprasada Rao, as there has been a demand for seats from abroad and hence a provision had been made. “This will also earn money which could be used for the development of the institutions into which the students are admitted,” he said.

MBBS counseling likely from 23rd

Sep 11, 2003: Hyderabad: Health Minister K Sivaprasada Rao on Wednesday hinted that the counseling fro admission into first-year medical course may be held from September 23. The authorities had drawn up a schedule according to which counseling would be held from Sept.23 in order to meet the deadline to complete the admissions before Sept.30 set by the MCI. However, implementing the schedule will depend on the Supreme Court judgement on the controversial admission of 270 seats in the five government medical colleges. The SC is expected to give its verdict on September 18. The petition was filed by MCI challenging various decisions of the Union Health Ministry including its permission to the State government to fill the 270 seats.

72 engineering colleges in TN are in doldrums

Sep 12, 2003: Chennai: At least 72 private engineering colleges in the State are in doldrums following abysmally low intake of students. At the close of admissions this year, 21,000 odd seats have remained vacant. According to government statistics, less than 100 students were admitted in 51self-financing engineering colleges this year. The intake includes those admitted through the Single Window System and the management quota. Despite the State granting them time till August 31 to fill up the vacancies, the managements of 18 colleges could lure less than 50 students. Of the vacant seats, there were no takers for 15,000 seats in Information Technology and Computer Science branches alone. The increase in the intake capacity for technical education has far exceeded the demand. As, a result, several colleges face an imminent threat of closure.

Online ITI examination soon

Sep 12, 2003: Vijayawada: In an initiative to curb malpractice in ITI examinations, an online examination system will be implemented from the next academic year, according to employment and training commissioner B.V. Sudhakar. He said that in-house software was being developed to prepare an objective type question paper. The student would be required to answer a set number of questions that would be randomly picked by the computer in a specific time period. A question bank comprising over 50,000 questions was also being prepared for the purpose. Candidates would be provided with an online memorandum of marks immediately after examination, Sudhakar said. The online system would allow students to appear for the examinations from any of the government it is spread across the state. Explaining the features of the new system, the commissioner said that a student could appear for the examination any number of times without any time limit till he clears the examination. The new system is expected to be completed by September 25, would be put trial runs.

Stress to grant autonomy to government and affiliated colleges

Sep 12, 2003: Hyderabad: Tamil Governor P S Ramamohan Rao stressed the need to grant autonomy to government and affiliated colleges. “Research and development has suffered a lot in these colleges due to lack of financial support from the government,” Rao said inaugurating a three day national conference on ‘Autonomy to colleges and colleges with potential for excellence.

Colleges make a fortune out of minority quotas

Sep 13, 2003: Hyderabad: Rs 36,000, Rs 50,000, Rs 2 lakh and upwards. The highest bidder will get the seat. The professional courses in minority colleges are up for grabs. Merit takes a back-seat. GOs and Supreme Court orders are not taken seriously. Most minority colleges in the city have their own set of admission norms. Minority students get seats according to the whims and fancies of the management. Syeda Sara Quadri, daughter of advocate Syed Taraq Quadri, had applied to Shadan Women’s College of Engineering and Technology, Khairatabad. The candidate was called for counseling on May 30, 2003, even before GO No. 34 was passed. The girl was asked to pay Rs 1000 for registration besides the annual fee of Rs 35,000. The GO No 34 was passed on June 11, 2003, fixing Rs 22,000 as fee per annum for engineering courses in both minority and non-minority private institutions. While this is so in Deccan College of Engineering and Technology, Shadan College of Engineering and Technology did not display the candidate’s list and other details. The Colleges lack transparency in operation. Admissions are made in a hush-hush manner and only those candidates get admissions, who are willing to pay exorbitant fee which the colleges demand. Quadri has even filed a petition in the High Court seeking admission for his daughter. But there are several others who do not put up a fight and submit to the demands of the college.

Common fee structure for merit seats in Kerala

Sep 13, 2003: Thiruvananthapuram: the Kerala Cabinet decided to equalise the fees for the merit seats in self-financing medical colleges to that of Government medical colleges. The managements would propose the fees for the management quota to the government for the approval as agreed to at the talks of the Cabinet sub-committee had with the managements. The fees for Ayurveda, dental and nursing courses in the self-financing stream would be decided on the same principles as proposed for medical colleges. The Medical Education Department would be entrusted with the task. Discussions would be held with the managements in this respect. He said that managements of medical and paramedical courses would be required to decide on a fair fee for the courses on the basis of the Supreme Court judgment. Their quota had been fixed as 50%. The fee for the 50% seats under the merit quota would be Rs 11,000.

Orientation programme for B.Tech students

Sep 15, 2003: Hyderabad: The University College of Technology, Osmania University on Sunday said all students who have been granted admission to B.Tech courses (chemistry, engineering, food technology and food technology), should attend an orientation programme at the college auditorium on the OU campus on Monday at 11:00 AM. The university authorities also said the students must be accompanied by their parents for the class. Each student has also been asked to get a demand draft for Rs 3,350.00 payable at Hyderabad towards caution deposit, fees, etc. Students seeking hostel admissions must bring demand draft for the following amounts: SC/ST students should get a demand draft of Rs 1,535.00, LBC Rs 2,035.00, EPP Rs 2,653.00 and paying boarder Rs 4,635.00 respectively, the university said in a press release.

The drafts for the said amounts should be drawn in favour of Principal, University College of Technology, OU, Hyderabad. The students should also get their allotment order along with a set of photocopies of all original certificates and four passport size photographs which are to be submitted at the time of admission, the press release added. The students would be acquainted about the course contents and related issues. The academic schedule would also be decided.

OU serves show-cause notice to Shadan

Sep 15, 2003: Hyderabad: The issue of notification for admission to the MBA programme for 2003-04 by the Shadan Institute of Management Studies even before the admission schedule for minority colleges has been announced by the concerned authority has come in for criticism. Osmania University has issued a show-cause notice to the management in this regard. The University Registrar has asked the management to show-cause as to why the Institute should not be disaffiliated from offering MBA with immediate effect. The management has been asked go give an explanation on or before September 18, failing which action would be taken.

The university has swung into action following a report in these columns that the Shadan management had not only issued notification for admission but even put up the first list of selected candidates for both boys and girls colleges two days before the counselling commenced. Aggrieved students have brought this to this notice of the authorities. The action of the management in admitting students without proper permission is dubbed ‘irregular’ and ‘objectionable’ and against the norms. The university has also taken exception to the management collecting higher fee than prescribed by the Government. As against the prescribed fee of Rs 20,000.00 per year, the management is found to be collecting Rs 51,500.00 for two years. In respect of NRI seats, too, the management is found collecting Rs 2 lakhs when the prescribed fee is Rs 60,000 per annum. The university has viewed it as a ‘serious violation’ of Government instructions. Shadan Institute of Computer Studies is also believed to have put up the provisional list of candidates selected for the MCA course but the university has not taken cognisance of this.

Students spurn slide rulers for stethoscopes

Sep 15, 2003: Hyderabad: The demand for medical seats is surging in the state, while engineering has lost it sheen among parents and students. Many parents are of the view that their wards will have better prospects in medicine than in engineering, in view of developments in the global economy. The need for job security has students prefer to move away from engineering to a degree in medicine.

Further, the dotcom crash in 2000 has tarnished the image the information technology sector. The state has been witnessing the waning demand for the information technology and computer sciences branches for the last few years. They were once the most sought-after courses in EAMCET counselling. Over 11,268 engineering seats remained unfilled in the state at the end of the counselling for this year. Most of the seats are in the information technology and computer science branches. Medical courses can be hard to get into in view of the limited number of seats available in the state besides the heightened demand for them. Despite all the difficulties, parents wanted to see their kids studying medicine.

UGC vice-chief, member differ on college autonomy

Sep 15, 2003: Hyderabad: UGC Vice-Chairman Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pillai and UGC member Prof. Brij Kishore openly differed with each other on the issue of granting autonomy to ‘colleges with potential excellence’ at a national seminar, which concluded here yesterday. While Pillai supported the move to provide autonomy to colleges, Brij Kishore felt that there was no point in making colleges autonomous if they were not given academic autonomy to try out new concepts and ideas with job potential. He said if the universities, colleges and the UGC were not keen to initiate steps in this regard, students would opt for foreign universities. Countering the view, Pillai maintained that autonomy would not just mean financial autonomy but also physical, which would promote excellence in faculty members and academic matters. Pillai said autonomy was a quality hallmark given to affiliated colleges and this concept would empower teachers to develop new designs and ideas.

Brij Kishore pointed out that through the UGC was determined to make 500 colleges autonomous in the Eighth Five Year Plan, it could not do so and hoped that at least during the Tenth Five Year Plan the target could be achieved. Presently the existing autonomous colleges are 132 out of 13,500 in the country. Allaying the fears of Brij Kishore, Pillai said that the UGC was determined to make 500 colleges autonomous. Pillai said that in order to make higher education accessible to more students investment of huge resources into the system was required, which was difficult to be met by the Government alone and hence the higher education sector should open up and autonomy plays a significant role in it. According to a study, autonomous colleges fared well when compared to affiliated colleges, he said.

Admissions for psychology courses

Sep 16, 2003: Hyderabad: Sweekaar, a Rehabilitation Psychology Institute recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India on Sunday announced that candidates aspiring to study postgraduate courses should submit their applications on or before Sept. 18 at the institute. Candidates with BA psychology and MA psychology with 50 % marks are eligible for the course. The duration of the course is 15 months including internship. An entrance test will be conducted on Sept. 29 by the Osmania University. Ten seats are available and the admissions will be done as per the rules of Osmania University, a press release said.

Students will be taught various facets of psychology as part of the courses. They will also be acquainted with child psychology which would help them in rehabilitation programmes. The candidates, after the completion of the courses, will be eligible to work as rehabilitation psychologists independently or in government service, the release added.

Concern over move to set up private varsities

Sep 16, 2003: Nizamabad: The Registrar of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, P Rami Reddy, has expressed concern over the move to establish some private universities in different parts of the country, throwing a challenge to the existing universities. The JNTU Registrar felt that things would become complicated once private varsities come into existence, as the courses offered by the Indian universities are valued. He said strict guidelines should be formulated if at all such private varsities either established by locals of those from abroad are to come into existence. He also wondered what the yardstick would be to measure an individual’s knowledge.

Quoting statistics, he said the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has recommended establishment of 1,200 engineering colleges across the country of which about 226 are located in Andhra Pradesh. He said the rise in number of colleges would not pose any problem and added that despite so many colleges, there was potential for all. He admitted that there was unequal distribution of educational institutions in the country.

Date extended for IGNOU courses

Sep 16, 2003: Indira Gandhi National Open University has extended the last date for submission of applications for various courses till September 30 with a late fee of Rs 200. Application forms are available at the varsity regional centre at Himayatnagar and at IGNOU study centres. The application form is priced at Rs 30, according to a press release.

Foreign universities give medical colleges a tough fight

Sep 17, 2003: Mumbai: It can't get any better for foreign universities offering medical education. At a time when MBBS aspirants in Maharashtra are agitating over skyrocketing fees, a number of foreign universities have seized the opportunity to market their courses at half the cost. Leading the pack are the Russian universities. According to an agency associated with the exercise, studying medicine in Moscow or in St Petersburg would cost 50% less than a private college in Maharashtra. Since the disintegration of the USSR, Russia has opened its doors to welcome foreign students for higher education in Russia. In Maharashtra alone, every year private unaided colleges offer 1,645 seats for MBBS, 1,140 seats for a degree in dental surgery (BDS) and 1,635 and 2,760 seats in the Ayurvedic and Homeopathy stream respectively.

Though, the British, Canadian and US-based universities are also in the race, former USSR or Eastern European countries are a good bargain. According to him, on this count, Russian universities seem to have an edge over others. The average cost of an MBBS in Ryazan state IP Pavlov Medical University and St Petersburg State Paediatric Medical Academy is as low as Rs 1.2 lakhs and Rs 1.8 lakh per year, respectively. And unlike Maharashtra and Karnataka, where the private and the state-controlled colleges are engaged in a fierce battle over the fees, Russian colleges are owned and controlled by the government. The Russian government runs all medical education institutes, a source said. Students wanting to join the East European and Russian universities are exempted from pre-qualifying and gruelling tests like the SAT and TOEFL that are necessary for admission into US colleges. And like the Chinese, the Russians also seem to be realising the importance of English, with Russian universities offering English as a medium of instruction for both the graduate and the post-graduate courses.

Govt move to sell medical and dental seats draws flak

Sep 17, 2003: Hyderabad: The state government’s decision to earmark 40 medical and two dental seats in government-run medical and dental colleges for the self financing category has drawn flak from medical students. There is no common entrance test for filling up these seats. Each seat would be sold for $12,000 or the equivalent amount in Indian currency, and the only qualification required for students who want to join colleges under this quota is a pass in intermediate or plus two or equivalent courses. The government move will cut down the number of seats available to students under the reservation category and meritorious students. Further, these seats can be “brought” by any person in the country will violate the six-point formula in seats distribution in the three regions of the state.

Association president B Prabhakar said that the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) management had earlier decided to introduce the self-financing seats in post-graduation and super-speciality courses and conducted the entrance test. The Nims management did not file a counter affidavit and finally cancelled the entrance test and abolished the self-financing seats. Previously, 39 seats from only four government medical colleges had been filled up and now the seats had been taken from all the colleges in the state.

Plan to network engineering colleges to take shape

Sep 17, 2003: Hyderabad: The ambitious plan of the Technical Education department to network all the engineering colleges using high bandwidth is likely to take final shape in the next three months. The department has held talks with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. recently and a deal was struck with the later agreeing to provide the necessary bandwidth within three months covering all the engineering colleges. Two separate cables of 64 KBPS would be laid across the state for the purpose. According to sources in the Technical Education department, each college would get 2 MBPS dedicated lines for using the facility for video conferencing and also for providing high speed internet service to the students.

Rather than functioning from one central location, it has been decided to have eight to nine nodal points in the state covering some specific distance for easy maintenance and better quality. Officials are of the view that no college would dare to refuse the facility given the intense competition and pressure from students. However, each college has to shell out Rs 2 lakhs per year to enjoy the facility. This is being done as a part of the Society for Networking for Excellence in Technical Education (SONET) project that aims to interlink all the engineering colleges through electronic classrooms. The project was launched a few years back to tide over the shortage of quality faculty in the burgeoning number of engineering colleges. The SONET was initially formed with a corpus fund of Rs 10 crores and colleges paying Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs depending on the strength of the students.

Fee for medical courses fixed

Sep 18, 2003: Thiruvanantapuram: Fifty % of seats in self-financing colleges offering MBBS/dental/ayurveda/homeo/pharmacy/siddha/nursing courses for the academic year 2003-04 will be set apart for merit quota. The government has passed orders to this effect, based on a consensus reached on the matter, after discussions with representatives of self-financing colleges. The fee charged for these seats will be the same as that charged by Government medical colleges. Based on relevant Supreme Court guidelines, the managements are free to fix the fee for admissions under the management quota and should inform the Government of the same. The guidelines for fee in self-financing medical colleges will be applicable to self-financing colleges offering dental, ayurveda, siddha, homeo, pharmacy and nursing courses.

OU to offer MBA in Technology

Sep 18, 2003: Hyderabad: The Department of Business Management, Osmania University, will offer MBA (Technology Management) for practising executives. Executives or officers with three years experience can enrol on or before Sept. 20 for the two-year programme. As part of the programme, being offered in collaboration with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology, the DSIR will provide technical material, case studies, academic inputs and help in taking new initiatives in the fields of education, training and research on technology management. It will also help the Business Management Department in preparing publications, organising short management development programmes and taking up research studies in selected areas of technical management. The course would help executives update their managerial skills and prepare them for emerging challenges. The Department of Business Management has already signed a MoU with Confederation of Indian Industry last year to offer such a programme.

Demand for civil engineering seats soars

Sep 19, 2003: Hyderabad: Strange as it may sound, it’s not been the Electronics, Electrical of Mechanical branches that have been making waves during this year’s engineering has emerged as a much sought-after course, and a majority of the seats available to this branch have already been filled up. Till a few years ago, there were very few takers for this course. At the end of the counselling for admissions into engineering and pharmacy courses for the current academic year in the first week of September, there were 11,268 seats still to be filled. However, very few seats were left unfilled in the civil engineering branch, 1,450 seats have already been filled up.

The demand for civil engineering course has increased, as both the state and Centre have been according top priority to infrastructure development, including construction of highways, bridges, watershed developments and other public buildings. In Andhra Pradesh, the flourishing real estate business and the rise in construction activity have further increased the demand for the branch. Moreover, competition among banks to lend attractive house loans have also boosted the prospects for students taking this course. However, another reason for the high demand for the civil branch is due to the limited availability colleges in the state. Most of the new colleges ignored the branch due its earlier sluggish demand.

DSIR to tie up with OU for MBA course

Sep 19, 2003: Hyderabad: The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) has consented to collaborate with the Department of Business Management, Osmania University is offering the MBA (Technology Management) programme. As part of the collaboration, the DSIR would share technical material, provide cases, impart academic inputs and extend help in taking new initiatives in the area of education, training and research on technology management.

DSIR will also help the Department of Business Management in preparation of publications, organising short duration management development programmes and in taking up research studies. The Department of Business Management already signed a MoU with the CII last year. With these academic tie-ups the OU is offering a two-year MBA (Tech. Mgt.) programme for practising executives in the evening session. Executives with three years experience in public, private and Government organisations can enrol on or before September 20, according to a press release.

Handbook on medical courses

Sep 19, 2003: Hyderabad: NTR Health University registrar S Narasimha Reddy has released Information handbook on Medical-Dental Counselling-2003 and the list of medical and dental colleges in the state on Thursday. Information regarding 26 medial and 14 dental colleges and deemed universities in the state and nearly 230 medical and 168 dental colleges in the country had been furnished in the book. The details can be had in www.medistudies.com

State students reap BITS harvest

Sep 19, 2003: Hyderabad: Students from the State have secured nearly 80 % of the seats in Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani of Rajasthan, the premier technological institute in the country, leaving a poor 20 % to be shared by students of 27 States. According to sources, out of 800 seats in various streams in BITS students from Andhra Pradesh have bagged 640 seats. The number has been rising steadily in the last few years, but this year’s performance by State students has surprised the BITS authorities so much so that they have sent a team here to study the reasons behind the stupendous show.

A delegation from BITS, consisting of senior professors, was here interacting with Technical Education Department officials and academics. Sources said they were surprised to know the awareness levels among students and parents on technical education and institutes specifically for admission into BITS give that coaching. The BITS team is said to have conveyed to officials that parents, students and academics from northern States are not able to digest this fact.

Interestingly, nearly 80 % of those getting admission into BITS are from corporate colleges while others are from Government colleges and from Central schools with CBSE syllabus. The JNTU Vice-Chancellor, Y Venkatrami Reddy, concurs with this “I have personally seen many students who have not fared well in EAMCET scoring high marks in the Intermediate examination. They have confided that they prepare specifically for entry into BITS ignoring EAMCET,” he avers. A case in point – a student who scored 965 marks in Intermediate but secured 12,000 and odd rank EAMCET. “Of course, he is least worried and there are several cases like his,” Prof. Reddy says.

Counselling for medical seats begins today

Sep 20, 2003: Hyderabad: The counselling for admission into medical and dental courses for the current academic year will begin at Vijayawada from Saturday. The counselling will be held for 97 % of seats in the government medical and dental colleges and 25 % of seats in private unaided minority medical college based on the rank in Eamcet besides following the rule of reservations.

Another 25 % of seats in private unaided minority medical college will be filled up with the respective minority candidates as per the Eamcet rank. Meanwhile, the venue for selection of candidates seeking admission into the management quota, based on Eamcet ranking, in private colleges has been charges from Hyderabad to NTR Health University, Vijayawada. It will be held from September 27 and 28.

EAMCET Counselling

Sep 20, 2003: Hyderabad: In the ongoing EAMCET-2003 admissions, against the total number of 49,908 seats, 39,951 seats have been filled as on Friday. According to the Camp Officer, 330 seats were filled on Friday while 592 candidates were slided. The candidates with ranks between 32,001 and 40,000 were called for counselling and 1,300 candidates registered themselves in the open competition category (boys and girls) for all areas.

Engg colleges hit jackpot

Sep 20, 2003: Kolkata: The state has just engineered a miracle. It has forced the HRD ministry to release a Rs 200-crore loan ahead of schedule. Bengal didn't feature on the original list of states that were to get the loan – for upgrading engineering colleges – in this Plan period. Sircar made presentations to the Union ministry, showcasing the strides the state's engineering colleges have taken. "We convinced them into including us in this Plan period," a jubilant Sircar said. MHRD is the facilitating body between the World Bank and the states.

Under this scheme, select states will get Rs 200 crore for upgrading infrastructure of 12 select engineering colleges. While 30 % of this grant, 70 % is loan, to be repaid in 20 years. The states will select two lead colleges, each of which will choose five smaller link colleges under it. While the lead colleges will get Rs 50 crore each (Rs 10 crore annually for five years). "Jadavpur University and Bengal Engineering College are our lead colleges. The money will be utilised mainly for buying equipment, upgrading laboratories, libraries and hostels and also for starting basic engineering departments like civil, mechanical and electrical in the private link colleges, which are mostly IT-oriented colleges, said Sircar.

Now, an ISB degree costs Rs 13.9 lakh

Sep 20, 2003: Hyderabad: The management students aspiring to pursue a post graduation course at the Indian School of Business (ISB) will have increase their budgets, for the leading management institution has revised its fee structure upwards. A one-year PG programme at the ISB will now cost Rs 13.9 lakh. This is an increase by 33 % over its previous fee of Rs 9.31 lakh. The institution has revised its fee structure as part of its plans to enter next phase of growth, an ISB release said. Similarly, the ISB is also seeking infusion of more funds by the executive board of directors. The ISB, as a project, was conceived with an outlay of $50 million. Now, for its accelerated expansion, another Rs 30 crore would be pumped in, it said. The third batch of students at the ISB, which going through the programme now, has about 219 students. The first batch to pass out of the campus in 2001 had 128 students, while the second batch in 2002 was of 169 students. “Our focus is now on aggressive growth as the ISB enters the next phase of development. We aspire to be the best business school in Asia and among the top 20 business schools in the world. We are now forging ahead with new plans for expansion,” ISB’s dean Prof Vijay Mahajan said.

As part of this, the school is also planning to increase the student intake by 100 %. The one-year postgraduate programme in management will increase the number of students steadily over the next few years. In 2005, the school will take in 280 students, increasing to 420 students in 2006 with an eventual target of 560 students. The school will also set up two more centres of excellence in analytical finance and strategic marketing. The centres will be established to drive research and development in these areas. A postdoctoral research fellowship programme will be launched to focus on generating research on issues facing emerging markets, it said.

Protest mars third phase of medical counselling in TN

Sep 20, 2003: Chennai: The third phase of counselling for allotment/re-allotment of candidates into MBBS courses in government medical colleges based on revised TNPCEE marks was on Thursday marred by a protest by parents and aspirants. Counselling was held up for over an hour at the Directorate of Medical Education as parents and candidates entered into heated arguments with the selection authorities over the counselling procedure.

Instead, the DME had sent call letters to 300 BC/OC candidates, 109 MBC candidates and 111 SC/ST candidates. The petitioners had moved the court seeking fresh counselling after an expert committee had concluded that options ‘C’ and ‘D’ were both correct answers for the 54th question in the TNPCEE Physical Sciences paper. The court had set aside the Anna University’s decision to reduce 0.42 marks for candidates who marked the option ‘D’ as answer. Consequently, the court instructed that 0.42 marks be added for the petitioners and they be called for counselling.

Pursue your BSc. and a course in cosmetology too

Sep 20, 2003: Hyderabad: Undergraduate students will soon have reason to cheer. They will be able to pursue a job-oriented course simultaneously with the regular B.Sc., B.Com and B.A degrees. The new move by the University Grants Commission (UGC) will come into force from the next academic year, starting June, 2004. Sources said the UGC has asked colleges to identify courses that meet the requirement of the current market trends. These will be introduced at the first degree level, and will be three-year certificate courses. The new courses will include, tele-film making, videography, fashion designing, gemmology and jewellery designing, cosmetology, rural handicrafts, early childhood care and education.

For the benefit of commerce and management students, courses will be offered in advertising, sales promotion and sales management, foreign trade practices and procedures, tax procedures and practices, office management and secretarial practices of insurance. Courses in the science stream will include microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics, industrial microbiology and Geoexploration, non-conventional energy sources soil conservation and water management.

Change in BITS admission mode likely from next year

Sep 22, 2003: Hyderabad: The admission mode of Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani, the most sought after institution by State students for engineering courses, is likely to be changed from the next academic year. The institute is contemplating conducting its own entrance test or adopting the ranks of other all-India entrance examinations. According to sources, BITS has decided to do away with the present method of admission which is based on the marks secured by students in the qualifying examination like Intermediate in the State syllabus or 12th class under the CBSE mode.

That BITS has decided to change its admission procedure is further confirmed when a team of BITS, which was recently in the city, has sought details on the conduct of EAMCET. The team is said to have been impresses with the system adopted for preparation of question paper, printing of hall-tickets, valuation and answer key released inviting suggestions, thus maintaining transparency. The team may design and conduct a similar test of select students from next year. However, team members are also looking at the possibility of taking into consideration the ranks obtained in All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), conducted for admission to the National Institute of Technology (NIT) or the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination IIT-JEE. Another reason is perhaps BITS decision to set up a new technological institute in Goa from next academic year on the lines of Pilani institute. “A common entrance test will be more practical for their admission instead of the present system,” says an official of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

Guj teams up with private sector for education

Sep 22, 2003: New Delhi: Think infrastructure, this seems to be the byword of the Gujarat government. However, instead of merely concentrating on conventional infrastructure, attention is being paid to educational infrastructure. During the global investors meet, ‘Vibrant Gujarat’, to be held in Ahmedabad from September 28, the government hopes to lure private investors to education. Proposals that have been put up for investor consideration by the government include an international residential school, education park for higher education and specialised training in government medical colleges. The Gujarat government Chief Secretary said the state wants to equip itself to provide education and training to enable people to find jobs in India and abroad. Most people believe that investment in other areas may lead to job creation, but real employment opportunity will be possible only through education. Given that research and development provide the cutting edge for industry, the Gujarat government wants to partner with the private sector to set up education and R&D centres. The understanding is that industrial development of the state provides potential for setting up institutions for marine engineering, urban planning, port management, gems and jewellery design, fishery and fish processing, urban planning, disaster management and biotechnology. In areas such as gems and jewellery, Gujarat has a strong base; a sound education will only help to consolidate that position.

To this end, the government has shown keen interest in developing educational infrastructure parks. Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat have been identified as potential locations for this park because they have a strong corporate presence. The idea is to lease or sell plots to corporate entities to establish and run institutions. The total investment for this park is calculated to be Rs 100 crore, and it will be developed by the private sector. The state government will facilitate the status of a deemed university. It will also help in organising affiliations with institutes in India and abroad. The desire to attract private investment is not limited to the higher education sector. The Gujarat government wants to engage the private sector for setting up an international school at Saputara in the Dangs, which will be targeted at the high-income group and NRIs, specifically non-resident Gujaratis. The idea is to provide “international” quality education. The three-day global investors summit, ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ will be organised by the Gujarat government, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Industrial Extension Bureau, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Medical education needs qualified faculty

Sep 22, 2003: Visakhapatnam: Is the medical education sector in the State suffering from some serious illness? Figures, pointing out a critical dearth of qualified faculty in Government medial colleges in the State, seem to say so. The lack of teaching staff in Government colleges, according to the figures provided by the Andhra Pradesh Government Doctors’ Association (APGDA), has thrown obstacles in the way of medicos longing for expertise in particular areas of specialisation. The posts for medical teaching staff, the association says, have remained vacant from 2001.Thirty % of departments are running with just 55 to 75 % of the necessary qualified specialists. Only 10 % of departments have 80 % of qualified specialists.

Further, 50 % of the speciality departments have only 25 % of qualified specialists. Twenty five % of the speciality departments have less than 50 % of qualified specialists. Keeping in view these factors a task force committee had recommended to improve standards of medical education and health care services by attracting best of professionals to Government sectors and improving working conditions. The recommendations also included creation of a separate teaching cadre, pay scales recommended by All India Council of Technical Education and University Grants Commission for medical teachers and non-teaching posts respectively, compensation for doctors not permitted to private practice, timely promotions, incentives for working in rural areas and service training for the doctors.

Govt to reimburse fees of SC/ST medical students

Sep 23, 2003: Hyderabad: The State Government will reimburse the entire tuition fee and other fee in respect of eligible SC and ST candidates seeking admissions to the medical and dental colleges. This applies to all the seats in the seats reserved for SC and ST candidates in all categories of the fee namely Rs 10,000/- for Government Colleges, Rs 55,000/- in competent authorities quota and Rs 2 lakh in respect of management quota and also other fee. The social welfare department will provide necessary undertaking for making the payment centrally to the NTR University on behalf of the eligible SC and ST candidates. This decision will benefit 382 SC and 152 ST candidates in securing admissions to medical colleges with a total financial assistance of Rs 3 crore.

Last day for issuance of MBBS/BDS forms

Sep 23, 2003: Hyderabad: The last date for issuing application forms for admission into MBBS/BDS courses in private non-minority medical and dental colleges for B Category Eamcet ranking based management seats has been extended till tomorrow. This has been done at the request of NTR University of Health Science (NTRUHS) and secretary Medical and Health, Govt of Andhra Pradesh and tomorrow the last date for submission of filled-in applications as noticed earlier, according to a press release.

Medical forms sold in private

Sep 23, 2003: Hyderabad: With the counselling date for private medical seats drawing closer, scheduled for September 27, prospective medics are facing a unique problem – dearth of application forms. The application forms are not available even at government medical colleges leave alone affiliated institutions. As the admission committee of the AP Private Medical and Dental Colleges Management Association (APPMDCA) has set September 27 deadline for counselling for private medical seats, there is a mad rush for application forms. To cash in on the demand application forms are reportedly being sold for a price. To prevent students from facing hardships, the directorate of medical education (DME) has stepped in and issued a notification making amendments in the MBBS/BDS counselling and admission process.

Many students complained of back-door sale of application forms and about the uphill task of applying for admission. “I have managed to get an application form. Applying for admission has become an unimaginable task as the private medical colleges have demanded to produce a bank guarantee for Rs 8.20 lakh for remaining four years of study or to produce a fixed deposit receipt (FDR)” an aspiring medic said. This despite the fact that there is no mention of the need for producing a bank guarantee or FDR in the government orders.

More students plump for BPC and CEC courses

Sep 23, 2003: Hyderabad: The craze for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry combination at the Intermediate level seems to be on the wane. The trend is slowly but surely changing over the years as demand for the Biology, Physics and Chemistry (BPC) and Commerce, Economics and Civics (CEC) streams has been steadily going up in the last few years. Till the year 2000, the number of students studying BPC and CEC streams together had never surpassed the number students studying MPC course in the state. But from 2001 onwards there has been a study increase in the number of students opting for BPC and CEC courses. The growth in some sectors like pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, genetics and particularly insurance, banking, finance, mutual funds, in addition to manufacturing sector has brought in its wake a significant change, both among the students and parents, in the perspectives on the courses. Further, there is plethora of opportunities for students with Biology background and who pursue masters and doctoral studies in biotechnology or genetics, or any other related branches.

Extra medical seats get SC axe

Sep 24, 2003: Hyderabad: Taking a serious view of the Union government granting permission to 11 medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh to increase their intake, the Supreme Court ordered an examination of their facilities. The court said the Centre has prima face bypassed the Medical Council of India (MCI) in allowing various state government medical colleges to increase their student strength and asked the colleges to inspect the colleges and submit a report in 4 weeks.

A bench comprising of judges M B Shah and Ashok Bhan also directed the centre not to grant fresh permission to any medical college to increase the students intake without complying with the mandatory procedure provided in the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956. Andhra Pradesh officials said the Supreme Court ruling would not have any impact on the on going counselling for medical college admissions in Andhra Pradesh. The government had already included the contentious 270 seats in the counselling and would go ahead with the process. An MCI team would inspect the facilities. Director-general of health Dr. Anji Reddy said the apex court has not given any specific direction to the state to halt the admission process and added that nothing would happen to the 270 seats added to these medical colleges.

Govt to release Rs 10 crore more for fee reimbursement

Sep 24, 2003: Hyderabad: The State Government has decided to release Rs 10 crore additional budgets for reimbursement of tuition fees of BC students admitted to medical and engineering colleges, an official press release said. If a student gets admission to a government medical college, the government will reimburse the tuition fees of Rs 10,000. In respect of private or minority college, 50% of 68,000 for the first 50% of seats would be reimbursed while the remaining amount would be extended as loan by the Andhra Pradesh Backward Classes Cooperative Finance Corporation. For engineering, a BC student would get Rs 10,000 if he gets admission to a private college and Rs 8,000/- in case of government. For this purpose a parental income limit of Rs 44,500/- per annum had been fixed.

Private medical colleges may clear admissions impasse

Sep 24, 2003: Mumbai: Students seeking admission to medical colleges have found an unlikely ally in the managements of private unaided medical colleges as they wait anxiously for a quick end to the admission crisis. The managements, whose proposed high fees had angered students early this month before a compromise was struck, want a quick solution to the dispute, preferably before September 30.

The reason: An apex court ruling early this year ordering all admissions to private medical college to close by September 30 or else pay a heavy fine. That deadline is less than a week away. The worry for much management is that they could be pulled up for contempt of court if they admit students after that date. Not to mention the fine that will be imposed upon them by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the status quo order was given on September 15 following the fracas over admissions in the state over the alleged high fees being charged by private unaided colleges. After that, the state and college managements agreed on a formula, which now goes by the name of the ‘Karnataka formula’, though it varies slightly from the southern state’s model. It has 25% reservation for the management quota (at Rs 7.50 lakh), 25% reservation for weaker sections of society (at Rs 25,000) and 50% for the open category (at Rs 1.50 lakh).

16 Govt. degree colleges identified for NAAC accreditation

Sep 25, 2003: Hyderabad: The Department of Collegiate Education has identified 16 government degree colleges in the State to apply for accreditation from the National assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) during this academic year. As part of this, Nellore based DK Government College for Women is given ‘B’ grade (four star) by NAAC. The rest 15 colleges will go for assessment in three phases. The Department plans for similar NAAC assessment of all colleges in the State by 2005 a press release said.

Aptech launches hi-tech college

Sep 25, 2003: New Delhi: In line with its plans to move up the education rung, Aptech has launched its first hi-tech college -- The Atrium College. "The college is modelled on foundation of technology driven mentoring, exhaustive industry interface and global internships," an Aptech release said. The Atrium College would offer graduate and post graduate degrees in IT and management to students, providing career options backed with domestic and international qualifications to students in the full-time mode, it said. The college would also offer degrees in collaboration with other Indian and foreign universities, it added.

Centre bypassed MCI in granting relief to colleges

Sep 25, 2003: New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Centre has prima facie bypassed the Medical Council of India in allowing state medical colleges to increase student strength and directed the council to conduct fresh inspection of these institutions in four weeks. This was ordered by a bench comprising Justices MB Shah and Ashok Bhan, which expressed concern over charges of the adhoc committee, appointed by the apex court to oversee functioning of MCI, that the Centre bypassed it in allowing additional seats for colleges in Maharashtra, AP, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

IT firms recruit more engineering grads

Sep 25, 2003: Bangalore: In a sign of continuing large-scale outsourcing to India by global corporations, a host of local IT firms are rushing to pick up larger than usual number of students from engineering colleges this year. After the spectre of selective hiring in the IT industry last year as firms grappled with the shock of a demand slowdown in the global tech market and backlash against outsourcing, it is recruitment time again for software makers.Placement officials at top engineering colleges here in India’s tech capital are quoting double the usual number of campus placements in the third week of recruitment and a “lot more companies, including multinationals, are yet to come in”, as one of them put it. The officials are keeping tight schedules as companies led by the likes of Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Technologies, Wipro, Cognisant, Satyam Computer, Talisma and MindTree, along with multinationals like Huawei Technologies, IBM and Oracle, line up to offer letters for the batch passing out in 2004.

“Companies are also going to the campus because they are getting a good crop. Campus recruitment helps in grooming people. Campus brings in energy and culture into a company. We want them to grow along with the company. And it cuts the cost of recruitment,” said T G C Prasad of MindTree Consulting.

NRIs, locals lock horns over medicine seats

Sep 25, 2003: The Eamcet (medical) counselling for admission to 40 self-financing or college development seats has resulted in a tussle between the NRIs and locals on the selection process of candidates. The confrontation began when the locals alleged that the selection committee headed by Prof Kakarla Subba Rao failed to display the list of those selected and thereby meant to favour the NRI candidates.

However, Prof Subba Rao refuted this allegation and clarified that the list was on display and the selection was based on merit. The eligibility norm is Intermediate or equivalent examination with physics, chemistry, botany, zoology and English. The seats were open for local candidates who could pay $12,000. These 40 seats have been distributed among Government Medical College-Anantapur, SV Medical College-Tirupati, Rangaraya Medical College-Kakinada, Kakatiya Medical College-Warangal, Kurnool Medical College, Andhra Medical College-Visakhapatnam, Guntur Medical College, Siddhartha Medical College-Vijayawada, Osmania Medical College-Hyderabad, Gandhi Medical College and Government Dental College at Hyderabad and Vijayawada.

Private medical colleges may clear admissions impasse in Maharashtra

Sep 25, 2003: Mumbai: Students seeking admission to medical colleges have found an unlikely ally in the managements of private unaided medical colleges as they wait anxiously for a quick end to the admission crisis. The managements, whose proposed high fees had angered students early this month before a compromise was struck, want a quick solution to the dispute, preferably before September 30.

The reason: An apex court ruling early this year ordering all admissions to private medical college to close by September 30 or else pay a heavy fine. That deadline is less than a week away. The worry for many managements is that they could be pulled up for contempt of court if they admit students after that date. Not to mention the fine that will be imposed upon them by the Medical Council of India (MCI). “The college may have to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh per candidate admitted after September 30. If all the seats are not filled, then the financial burden from the vacant seats might fall upon the remaining students who are admitted,” said an official from the management camp.

College teachers stage dharna

Sep 26, 2003: Hyderabad: About 5,000 degree and junior college teachers staged dharna in front of the offices of the Directorates of College and Intermediate Education here on Thursday resenting the Government’s delay in addressing their problems. The teachers belonging to the Government and private degree and junior colleges, in response to the call given by the Federation of College Teachers Association, also staged dharna in front of regional centres like Warangal, Rajahmundry, Guntur and Cuddapah, according to FCTA leaders. They said the Government had agreed to their demands six months ago but has not yet issued orders for their implementation.

The teachers’ demands include issue of orders for applying 50 % of service rendered as junior lecturer under the Career Advancement Scheme after their promotion as lecturers in degree colleges and transfer of lecturers and junior lecturers through counselling alone.

Expertise of IITs, IIMs may smarten vocational courses

Sep 26, 2003: Hyderabad: The expertise of Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs), Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) and other premier technical academies across the country may soon be enlisted to spruce up various vocational courses so that they meet the requirements of the fast-changing market. A working group on ‘Vocational Training Programme and Related Issues’, constituted with a view to provide youth more employment opportunities in the emerging global scenario, will interact with faculty members of these institutions and seek suggestions and feedback about the changes needed in the existing academic curriculum in various vocational courses.

The working group will suggest the strategy and outline of programme to link school education, vocational training and employment. It will suggest modalities to strengthen vocational training and employment at the state and district level, particularly for the youth, women and weaker sections in the rural areas. It will also assess the available capacity and likely demand for vocational training in the state. The committee will also identify new vocations and employments opportunities in the emerging scenario and look into the sectoral and policy issues having a bearing on employment generation and self employment. The group head will invite specialists to participate in the meetings. It is likely that some secretaries in the education departments of the states will be associated with the exercise. The group will submit interim report by the end of Oct. 30 and a final report by December, it is said.

Health varsity fills medical seats

Sep 26, 2003: Vijayawada: NTR University of Health Sciences has filled seats in MBBS/BDS courses in all categories till now. The university has also filled seats under sports quota today and will fill seats under NCC and physically handicapped quotas tomorrow. It will then help private managements fill their 25 % seats on EAMCET based ranking on September 27 and 28 and wind up counselling programme on September 30 as per Supreme Court order.

The medical college at Eluru, Sangareddy, Kuppam, Karimnagar and Katturu have not been able to get renewal till now. These colleges would not be permitted to take students if the Central Government does not give them permission in the next few days. They may have to lose one academic year and the colleges nearly 600 seats. Counselling for admissions into 25 % college management seats based on EAMCET ranking would be conducted under the supervision of the Health University from September 27. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) has offered private colleges use of its computer facilities.

Medical colleges extend deadline for fee payment

Sep 26, 2003: Hyderabad: Private medical and dental college managements have extended the last date for selected candidates to submit the bank guarantee/FDR for fees till October 6. The students have been selected based on the Eamcet ranking. The MBBS and BDS selection for Eamcet rank-based management seats will be conducted on September 27 and 28. So far, 2,690 applications have been received till the last date for submission of forms. The final merit list has been prepared as per the guidelines issued by the NTR University for Health Sciences, according to a release.

Medical seats rules twisted

Sep 26, 2003: Hyderabad: The selection for the 40 self-financing or college development seats in the government medical and dental colleges has run into rough weather as the medical and dental students’ unions alleged that the rules have been violated to help rich and politically influential students. The students’ unions asked the government to probe the matter with a sitting High Court judge. The unions alleged that the GO 486 on the selection process was carefully drafted for the back door admissions into Osmania, Gandhi and other medical colleges for the students who are rich and have political influence. The candidates who failed to get ranks in Eamcet got admission under the self-financing category seats.

Influential American NRIs’ children had been allotted disproportionate high ranks in the selection and changed the original ranking list by the officials at the behest of some political leaders students’ union representative Y Srinivas Rao said. Top 10 candidates who managed seats in Osmania, Gandhi, Visakhapatnam and Guntur medical colleges had failed to get ranks in Eamcet, he charged. Counselling members had forced and shifted a student to Anantapur medical college to accommodate an NRI student in Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada despite strong protests from the guardian of the shifted student. Meanwhile, a senior official of the medical and health department denied the allegations and categorically stated that the selection process was as per the rules.

Bits plans entrance test

Sep 27, 2003: Hyderabad: Birla Institute of Technology Science (Bits), Pilani, is planning to introduce an entrance examination for admissions, a move that could affect hundreds of students from state hoping to secure a seat in the prestigious institution. At present about 70% of seats are being bagged by the students in Andhra Pradesh. Currently Bits Pilani admits students based on the marks they secure in the Intermediate or equivalent examinations. The institute now reportedly wants to change its current admission mode, and is likely to hold entrance examinations on the lines of the IIT-JEE and Andhra Pradesh Eamcet tests. According to informed sources, the entrance test might have both subjective and objective type of questions, as it would test the students’ conceptual clarity and application ability. It will also scrutinise the aspirant’s depth of synthesis and analysis. The institute wants to change the present admission process to clear the misconception that the current selection process had been benefiting students from Andhra Pradesh.

Medical colleges to question the government

Sep 27, 2003: Hyderabad: None of the government orders relating to admissions in medical and dental colleges requires candidates to furnish a bank guarantee for Rs 8.2 lakh. But the admission notification for the Eamcet based management quota seats in the private unaided non-minority medical and dental colleges blatantly does just that. The notification issued states that counselling for admission in this category of seats shall be in exercise of powers conferred under GO No. 488 dated Sept.5. However, the order only specifies a fee of Rs 2 lakh for an MBBS seat and Rs 1.2 lakh for a BDS admission. The admission notification states that in view of requests from parents and students, the last date for receipt of bank guarantee or fixed deposit receipts has been extended till Oct.6. This violates the government order. It says the proforma and amount of the FDR could be produced as per the instructions in the application form and submitted to the principals of the respective colleges.

Lecturers seek exemption from NET and SLET

Sep 29, 2003: Hyderabad: The AP Aided Degree College Lecturers Association has demanded exemption from National Eligibility Test (NET) and State-level Eligibility Test (SLET) for aided lecturers of degree colleges to quality for UGC payscales. They said that there were about 900 inservice aided lecturers in the State who were required to take the NET and SLET to qualify for UGC scales. The State Government should extend the exemption to them like it was done in the case of lecturers of Government colleges who were earlier drawing State scales. Of the 7,000 aided lecturers of degree colleges in the State, the rule did not apply to 6,100 as they were appointed prior to 1991 when the GO making NET and SLET for UGC scales was made compulsory, they added. The association also demanded regularisation of service of part-time lecturers who completed five years, a rule fixed by the High Court.

Nod for medical college may trigger row

Sep 29, 2003: Vijayawada: The last minute permission given by the Central Government to a private medical college at Eluru is going to be a bonanza for private medical colleges to make a quick buck at the cost of students leading to a controversy. It threatens to vitiate the current medical admission being done by the NTR University of Health Sciences for the last one week. As the government have permission for admitting 100 students into the medical college at Eluru, the university has filled up 25% of its seats on the Eamcet rank based management seats quota.

The university wants to fill up 50% merit seats of the college giving an opportunity to as many as 50 students who had earlier availed payment seats in other private medical colleges. The sliding would thus leave 50 seats vacant in different private medical colleges. Though the NTRUHS wants to fill up these seats too on EAMCET –based ranking on September 30, the last date of counseling. But private managements are doing their best to take away the seats on some sly and fill them up these by collecting Rs 20 lakhs each. But students have been demanding the university to fill up these 50 seats also on Eamcet based ranking and allot them for a tuition fee of Rs 2 lakh per year. But the management wants to take them away under their own quota and fill and fill them up with students who are willing to pay Rs. 20 lakh each.

Now, get an international masters at local prices

Sep 30, 2003: This is the global Indian, trained here, at Indian rates, with globally accepted degrees. This professional will provide services in areas as diverse as IT, nursing, hospital administration or even air-conditioner maintenance. By offering post-graduate courses to class X or XII pass, there is something for everyone.

Getting this Indian ready are some institutes in Pune while others are looking at multiple centres, in Pune and Bangalore. The most successful of these is the 3-year-old Indian Institute of Information Technology (I2IT) run by Finolex Group’s Hope Foundation. I2IT has signed a MoU with the University of South Florida offering a masters programme in public health informatics. In the pipeline are a host of such MoUs with European institutes and even extending the existing one with USF.

Training top management difficult

Sep 30, 2003: Pune: It began as an ambitious programme to train top management of cooperative sugar factories to face the challenges of working in a competitive and global regime. So the Sugar Commissioner in association with the VSI devised a course, which would be conducted at the IIM, Bangalore. The first batch of 24 MDs from the state’s sugar cooperatives (sahakari sakhar karkhanas, SSKs), which attended that course, highlighted the challenges facing the sector. The authorities were forced to realise the content needed dilution since the beneficiaries of the course were not able to grasp the content. Nor were they able to interact with the faculty. So, for that course, the content was diluted. Since this cannot be a long-term solution, the cooperative sugar sector is set to witness this radical reform, leading to the creation of a cadre to manage it. The next batch of MDs will go to IIM-B after the crushing season 03-04 is over.