The commencement of academic year of engineering colleges may be delayed by a month or two as the Telangana government decided to appeal to the Supreme Court to give relief from its orders to begin the classes from August 1.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Telangana government on Saturday and the appeal may be filed on Monday.
Advocate General will approach SC on July 7 asking for postponement
The academicians are of the opinion that if the Supreme Court accepts the appeal, the commencement of academic year may be delayed. The Telangana government, reportedly, made this move to overcome the fee reimbursement problem. In a meeting on Saturday, the education department officials apprised Chief Minister of possible legal problems on account of eligibility criteria.
They advised that it would be better to take some time to overcome the issue. The development has left the parents a worried lot.However, the Chief Minister Office informed that shortage of All India Service officers was the reason behind the decision to approach the Supreme Court. According to the directions given by Supreme Court earlier, admissions into the engineering colleges must be completed by August 1 and classes should begin immediately after that.
A discussion was held in the meeting between education department officials and the Chief Minister on the completion of admission process. All the officials and Chief Minister opined that lack of higher officials and IAS officials was hindering the process of admissions. Chief Minister asked Advocate General to seek the postponement of admission process on the said ground. He asked AG to argue the case that out of 120 IAS officers required for smooth functioning of government only 70 are available in Telangana hence the admission process needs some more time.
With this, the students who have qualified EAMCET 2014 have to wait for two more months to be enrolled for admission into their desired institutions and courses. The statement released by the CMO said that in view of shortage of required officials, the counseling for the EAMCET 2014 should be postponed. Chief Minister has asked Advocate General to file a petition in SC asking for postponement of counseling till October last week. Advocate General will approach SC on Monday July 7 asking for postponement. Education Minister G Jagdeeshwar Reddy, Advocate General Rama Krishna Reddy, Commissioners of various educational bodies, chief secretary Rajiv Sharma and other senior officials attended the meeting held at Secretariat.