Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education has faltered in handling the engineering admissions controversy in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. APSCHE admission notification that has been issued recently for engineering courses in the two states has come under scrutiny on many acts. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

First of all, admissions in AP engineering colleges take place under the GO 74 of the Capitation Fee Act and not according to the APSCHE Act. Secondly, it has to be issued in the name of the Convenor of the Admissions Committee (who is usually the Commissioner for Technical Education). Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

With Andhra Pradesh – Telangana split, there are two Commissioners of Technical Education – one for each state. Both of them act as the Convenors and any admission notification needs consent of both. Instead of seeking their acquiescence, APSCHE simply chose to issue the admission notification in its own name this year. Hence, Telangana government has every right to challenge it. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

Some officials think that since APSCHE is only an implementation wing, it should have sought government orders on such matters which can create political controversies. APSCCHE Chairman L. Venugopal Reddy, however, says that the certificate verification process was started as per the Supreme Court directive. When it ends, APSCHE will wait for the necessary GOs before starting the actual counselling process.

The Supreme Court is expected to give some direction on the entire process on August 4, which will take any objections raised by the Telangana government into account too.

Senior officials of the Admission Committee that the onus of completing the admission process by July-end, as per SC directive, should have been shifted to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments. Present admission notification will allow the AP engineering colleges to fill up their management quota seats using old norms – which may create a bigger mess in the time to come.

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