The sudden postponing of the exam, for which nearly 5 lakh candidates have reportedly applied, has taken students by surprise

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news EAMCET Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:18

The Telangana Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) which had been scheduled for May 2, 2016 has been rescheduled to the 3rd week of May. The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), to be conducted on May 1 has also been postponed.

The decision to reschedule the exam was taken by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday evening following a strike announced by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Private Colleges. The JAC is calling a strike because of raids and inspections by the police and vigilance departments on private colleges.

Raids were conducted in various private schools and colleges following a circular issued by the Education Department of Telangana on April 8 ordering that the infrastructural and other facilities of institutions be reviewed. On Friday, the inspection process also received judicial sanction from the High Court.

In protest, the JAC for private colleges decided to boycott the EAMCET and TET exams, and also not to conduct these exams in their premises, forcing the government to postpone the exams.

However, along with postponing the exam, the Telangana CM also announced that the entrance examinations will be conducted only in government-run educational institutions under the supervision of government teachers.

The sudden postponing of the exam, for which nearly 5 lakh candidates have reportedly applied, has taken students by surprise. K Arjun, a student of Sri Chaitanya College told The News Minute, “It is very disheartening for us. We were preparing so hard, and suddenly now we get the news that the exam has been postponed. When students have been preparing for the exam, to cancel it like this gives a big shock for aspirants like us.”

However, the decision of the state government has received praise in many quarters. For instance, Ashish Naredi, a businessman from Hyderabad and a parent of a student appearing for EAMCET, said, “Kudos to CM KCR for standing up to the bullying tactics of the private institutions. It is unfortunate that the EAMCET had to be postponed due to the non-cooperation of the private institutions. It will put a lot of students and parents in difficulty. However, with the possibility that there will be only one exam, the National Eligilibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), soon, hopefully, such problems will be taken care of’’.

‘’We welcome the decision of our CM to conduct the EAMCET and TET exams in government institutions, and we will co-operate with the government. It’s high time private institutions were brought under control’’, said V Raja Mahender Reddy, President of the Telangana Aided Colleges Staff Association.

The exact date of the rescheduled EAMCET examination will be announced by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad(JNTU-H).

 

 

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