ANDHRA PRADESH

Scrap G.O. 56: AISF

CUDDAPAH, MARCH 11. The G.O. 56 limiting vocational course fee reimbursement to SC/ST students to Rs. 20,000 should be scrapped, the All India Students Federation (AISF) activists demanded on Friday

At a dharna before the Collectorate, the AISF district president, N. Narasimhulu, and the leaders -- Mallikarjuna Reddy and Venkatasiva -- lamented the steep fee hike in self-financing degree, post-graduate, engineering and medicine courses. The fee structure should be streamlined to bring the courses within reach of poorer sections and middle classes, they demanded.

KURNOOL: Supporters of the AISF also staged a dharna at the collectorate here on Friday seeking withdrawal of the G.O. The leaders, Lenin Babu, Muralidhar and others said the organisation would take up the issue in a big way until the Government restored the support.

Complaint against DEO

Mr. Lenin Babu said they would complain to the Government against the District Educational Officer for failing to take action against corporate schools, which had started admissions, much before the start of the academic year. They said corporate schools were trying to entice parents by conducting talent tests. The unhealthy competition among schools led to an open war between school owners. They said private schools should stop the admissions immediately.