Hyderabad, December 1
To put a check to private educational institutions, which have been collecting lakhs of rupees fee, the Telangana government is considering scrapping Eamcet exam from the next academic year, 2017-18.
After Supreme Court direction to take NEET exam marks for medical admissions, students, who want to pursue medicine, need not appear for Eamcet. Only engineering students will take the test.
Of the 1.20 lakh engineering seats, including convener and management quota, only 70 per cent seats were filled in 2016 academic year. The increasing number of engineering seats and fall in students since four years made the education ministry to rethink about Eamcet.
The government is planning alternate selection process for engineering admission. If intermediate marks are made the criteria, then the government college students will be at loss since private college students get maximum marks in practicals.
Educationists observed scrapping of Eamcet as a welcoming decision but the government should ensure justice to poor students. Whether the TS government will take up engineering admissions based on inter marks, like in several other states, or introduce any new system, is yet to be clarified.