Vijayawada, January 5
Andhra Pradesh government is reportedly considering to scrap Eamcet, the qualifying exam to fill up engineering seats, and to follow the procedure of Tamil Nadu State in filling the seats.
The issue of scrapping Eamcet again came to the fore following Supreme Court’s directive to fill medical seats through NEET exam. It was rumoured that lack of clarity over Eamcet is delaying the announcement of schedules for various exams in the State.
Experts observed that Article 271-D may pose obstacle in cancelling Eamcet. Objections may arise over joint entrance quota if Eamcet is scrapped. Also the weightage marks problem also has to be solved.
If weightage marks are to be cancelled, then they have to be cancelled in Telangana State also. Though less number of Telangana students choose to get admission in Andhra Pradesh, more AP students are getting admissions in Hyderabad through open quota.
If the weightage marks are cancelled, then AP students will lose the chance of getting joint admissions. At the same time, if the government gives admissions based on intermediate marks as in Tamil Nadu State, then it was argued that rural students will be met with injustice.
Various student unions and educationists are raising objections against admissions based on intermediate marks. They said that students of government colleges will get less marks compared to those of corporate colleges, which may deprive the rural students of higher studies.
The AP government could not take up medical admissions based on JEE main ranks as in Gujarat, Madhra Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Odisha and other states where Eamcet was cancelled.
These states do not follow intermediate weightage marks system and hence the way is clear for admissions through JEE.
But in AP, the ranks were fixed with 75 per cent Eamcet marks and 25 per cent inter marks. So to scrap Eamcet, first the government has to deal with weightage marks issue.
If the admissions are made based on JEE ranks, it will do drastic injustice to rural students studying in government colleges and Telugu medium.