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State to take decision on postponing E-Cet on May 24

Students to be allowed inside the centres 45 minutes before the examination

Students will be allowed to take home the question paper booklet

HYDERABAD: Over 3.8 lakh students will appear for the Engineering and Medical Common Entrance Test -2010 scheduled to be held all over the State on May 30.

While 3,28,906 students will appear for the engineering stream of the entrance test from 605 exam centres, 54,576 students will take the medical entrance test in 106 centres.

Technical Education Minister M. Venkata Ramana Rao who reviewed the arrangements for the EAMCET with chairman of AP State Council For Higher Education K. C. Reddy, Engineering and Medical Common Entrance Test convener N. V. Ramana Rao, and other officials, told the media on Wednesday that the address of the examination centre would be sent to the mobile phones of the students two or three days before the exam to avoid last minute confusion.

He also disclosed that this time students would be allowed into the centre 45 minutes before commencement of the examination. Besides, they would be allowed to take home the question paper booklet.

As the examination would be held on Sunday, traffic would not be a problem. Arrangements were also being made to ensure no power disruption during the exam.


The committee constituted with AP State Council For Higher Education Chairman, Technical Education Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Higher Education which visited States like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala to study admission process and fee structure there would submit its report on Thursday, the Minister disclosed.

Meanwhile in view of the cyclonic storm, a decision would be taken soon on postponing E-Cet scheduled for May 24 {+t} {+h}. The Minister who earlier had discussions with representatives of Federation of Engineering college managements association in his chambers on their demand to release pending amount of Rs.1,700 crore, said the issue was also discussed in the cabinet meeting. Admitting delay in disbursement of funds, he said the Government was doing its best to release the money in phases.

Fee reimbursement

It was, therefore, not proper on their part to threaten to close down colleges from May 25, he said.

He indicated that the Cabinet sub-committee constituted to study the fee-reimbursement issue would also consider proposals to improve the system.

CECMA unhappy

Meanwhile, the Consortium of Engineering Colleges Managements Association (CECMA) has expressed displeasure over the government's decision to constitute a committee on fee reimbursement and said it was only to buy time than to solve the issue.

“We are asking the government to release money after 10 months of academic year beginning and still the government wants to study the issue. This is not acceptable to us,” a member of CECMA said and reiterated the decision to go ahead with the closure from May 26 if money is not paid before May 25.