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PENSIVE MOMS: Students wait with their mothers for a call at the single window counselling of the EAMCET for minorities, organised at the Institute of Engineers, by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Minority Educational Institutions on Wednesday. PHOTO: P.V.Sivakumar.
PENSIVE MOMS: Students wait with their mothers for a call at the single window counselling of the EAMCET for minorities, organised at the Institute of Engineers, by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Minority Educational Institutions on Wednesday. PHOTO: P.V.Sivakumar.

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6,800 seats available in 23 engineering colleges

Colleges come under Federation of Andhra Pradesh Minority Educational InstitutionsSimultaneous online counselling commenced in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and KadapaMinority colleges should collect fee of Rs. 26,000 only, says Minister for Information and Energy

Hyderabad: Admissions to Muslim minority professional colleges gained a semblance of order with counselling commencing on Wednesday for engineering and pharmacy courses at the Institution of Engineers, Khairatabad. For the first time under the banner of Federation of Andhra Pradesh Minority Educational Institutions, 23 engineering colleges with an intake of 6,800 seats have come together.

Besides Hyderabad, simultaneous online counselling commenced at Vishakapatnam and Kadapa.

Shameed Khan, who holds Eamcet rank of 827, was the first candidate to get admission into the M.J. College of Engineering. Minister for Information and Energy, Mohd. Ali Shabbir, handed him the admission card.

Up to August 2

Counselling will continue up to August 2. On the first day candidates with Eamcet ranks of 1 to 15,000 were invited for counselling.

As many as 15 counselling counters were set up in Hyderabad, 10 at Vishakapatnam and five at Kadapa. A bank counter was also set up at the counselling centre for students to pay fee and seek admission. With the Kadpa server developing a snag, the admission process was held up and by 4 p.m. only 60 admissions could be made. "We are trying to rectify the problem," said Zafar Javeed, general secretary, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Minority Educational Institutions.

Mr. Shabbir, who went round the counselling centre, expressed satisfaction with the arrangements. As per the Supreme Court order, the State Government had issued GO 54 and 59 to ensure that the admission process was transparent, merit based and non exploitive in respect of fee.

Fixed fee

Mr. Shabbir said the minority institutions should charge fee of only Rs. 26,000 as decided by the Fee Fixation Committee. Any violation would be viewed seriously.

K.C. Reddy, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education, said opening of one more window of admission was advantageous for students.

Sliding was allowed and they could go from one college to another.

Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Ashutosh Misra, was also present.


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