ANDHRA PRADESH

Change in admission pattern to professional courses likely from 2007

20 p.c. weightage for Inter marks recommended

R. Ravikanth Reddy

HYDERABAD: Intermediate first year students better start concentrating on course subjects along with EAMCET-focussed preparation as EAMCET score will not alone be sufficient for entry into professional courses from 2007.

The Government is said to have decided to finally bring in the much-awaited changes in the admission mode for the engineering and medical streams from EAMCET-2007 introducing 20 per cent weightage to Intermediate marks.

Sources in the Education Department said a decision had been taken in this regard and the final clearance likely to be given after the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, returns from Israel on July 12. "Changes are going to be brought in certainly from 2007," admitted a senior official of the Education department. "We have suggested 20 per cent weightage but the picture would be clear once the Chief Minister signs the file," he said, adding that changes in the last minute could not be ruled out.

Mounting criticism

The decision was apparently taken to contain the growing criticism on the present admission mode and the negative influence of EAMCET coaching on the core subjects of the Intermediate course. Interestingly, the Dayarathnam Committee, constituted by the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education had also suggested that EAMCET be done away with in a phased manner giving more importance to marks scored in the Intermediate examination.

The recommendations of the Dayarathnam Committee were discussed threadbare at seminars and workshops and a consensus emerged in favour of making changes to the present pattern. One argument suggested scrapping of EAMCET right away while another favoured continuation of EAMCET stating that the valuation of Intermediate scripts was not objective and only a common entrance test was the fair method.

Officials feel the decision will force colleges to concentrate on Intermediate teaching that was neglected to accommodate EAMCET coaching. Rural students without access to EAMCET coaching unlike their urban peers would stand to gain from the changes. An official recalled that the Government had earlier promised to declare its policy at the beginning of the academic year to clear the confusion among students.

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