Engineering Admissions delayed

The government’s plan to start engineering admissions in August may not be a reality and the admission procedure might stretch to last week of September, as in the past.

If delayed release of Intermediate examination results had created the first hurdle, the government’s failure to release fee reimbursement funds on time leading to delayed decision on fee structure for this year has further stretched the schedule.

New methods adopted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for sanction of new colleges and additional seats and branches in existing colleges have only added to the woes.

“Our plan was to complete the admission procedure by July-end and start classes in the first week of August as promised during last year’s admissions, but now it will take at least another month to finish the process,” a senior official admitted.

A final decision on the schedule is likely to be taken on Wednesday when officials are expected to meet with details of new colleges and seats.

Shocking Errors

The list given by the AICTE to a delegation of officials had shocking errors like engineering seats mentioned in pharmacy colleges list, addresses of colleges wrongly mentioned, seats reflecting more than sanctioned intake and change in the course name.

JNTUH Vice-Chancellor D.N. Reddy had to rush to AICTE again on Tuesday to get the corrected list. It might take at least another day to tabulate the information and arrive at correct figures.

Then a G.O. has to be issued for every new college and additional strength. Given this procedure, officials fear the admission process will be delayed to a great extent.

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