Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today sought Governor E S L Narasimhan's intervention to prevail upon the Telangana Government to immediately commence the counselling process for admission into professional courses for the 2014-15 academic year.
Naidu, along with Human Resources Development Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, met the Governor at Raj Bhavan tonight and brought to his notice the stalemate in the admission process into engineering and other professional courses.
Fate of over two lakh students was hanging in balance because of the stalemate, Naidu said after the meeting, adding that most of them (from AP and Telangana) have started migrating to colleges in other states.
The CM pointed out that a Supreme Court verdict has mandated that admission process be completed by July 31 so as to commence the classes from August. Naidu reportedly informed the Governor that he had written a letter to his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao four days ago stating his Government was ready to start the counselling process.
“But there has been no response from the Telangana Government,” he reportedly said. Section 95 of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 (which led to creation of Telangana) stipulated that the “existing admission quotas in all Government, private, aided and un-aided institutions of higher, technical and medical education shall continue as such for a period of ten years and the existing common admission process shall continue.”
“The admission process into professional courses is yet to take place in both the successor states and more than two lakh students are anxiously waiting for counselling. “Students of both the states have started migrating to colleges in other states because of the delay in counselling here, causing financial and psychological burden to parents. It is also adversely affecting the colleges in the two states,” Naidu pointed out in his letter to Rao.
The AP Chief Minister also took up the controversy related to reimbursement of tuition fee for students pursuing professional courses.
The Telangana Government has refused to reimburse fee for “Andhra” students studying in the new state. The AP Government, however, asserted that it would not discriminate against Telangana students and said it would take the matter to the court if the TRS Government remained adamant.