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Telangana to take decision on tech college fee hike

Telangana CMThe uncertainty over Eamcet medical admissions is likely to end soon. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday held a meeting with the deputy CM Dr T. Rajaiah, who also holds the portfolio of medical education, other and senior officials, to discuss the demands being made by private medical colleges to hike either fees or management quota seats.

Though the Mr Rao is yet to take a final decision on this issue, sources said the he was not in favour of any increase in fees or management quota this year and offered to consider their demands next year. He asked officials to hold talks with college managements and convince them to accept the old fees and quota for this year and settle the issue in a day or two.

However, he advised them to consider a hike in management quota from 40 to 50 per cent as a “last step” to enable the counselling, if college managements remain adamant on their demands. The Andhra Pradesh government, too, is yet to take a decision on these demands and is awaiting the response from Telangana state. Both need to arrive at a consensus on this issue since common admissions have to be held.

The NTR Health University, Vijayawada, which conducts counselling, has already finalised the schedule but could not issue it due to lack of clarity over fees and seats. The Andhra Pradesh government made it clear that no fee or management quota hike would be possible this year, though, it will be considered next year. Though the issue was not taken up at the CM-level in AP, the ministers held talks with college managements and conveyed their decision. But the managements also made it clear that AP’s stand on this issue was “unacceptable”.

With this, the AP government has been waiting for Telangana state’s stand on this issue. Whatever decision the TS government takes, it wants to follow suit on the ground that common admissions are being held and there cannot be different fee structure and merit quota seats in the counselling for two states as it would invite legal problems in future.

Source: DC

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