ANDHRA PRADESH

YSR writes to CM on B.Ed students' plight

HYDERABAD Aug. 10. The Leader of the Opposition, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has taken up the cause of the students of 142 B.Ed colleges started in February/March this year and appealed to the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, to take steps to ensure that they don't lose an academic year.

In a letter to Mr. Naidu, which was released to the press on Sunday, Dr. Reddy said his appeal should be considered sympathetically in view of the State Government's decision to treat the students as supplementary batch.

``If such is the case they would be losing one precious academic year. It is stated that as per the university circular, the students of new colleges have to take examinations from February 25, 2004. It would be a great disappointment to the students as they are under the presumption that they would be clubbed with the students of old colleges for consideration of closure of academic year,'' the letter stated.

Dr. Reddy quoted the students as having requested the authorities to close their course on a par with the students of old colleges in December 2003 so that they would not forego the academic year. The letter said that "the students were in despair.