The High Court on Tuesday sought higher education department’s explanation for the delay in conducting EAMCET counselling, and asked the principal secretary (higher education), commissioner of technical education, secretary to the AP State Council for Higher Education and convener of EAMCET-2012 to submit full details in the form of affidavits by August 17.
Dealing with a writ petition filed by K Arun, a student of Secunderabad area, justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy said he would issue orders after going through the affidavits to be filed by the respondents on August 17. Negligence on the part of officials was harming the interests of students, he said and noted that admissions had been completed in the neighbouring state of Karnataka.
Petitioner’s counsel S Niranjan Reddy submitted that the delay in counselling for engineering course would not only affect the completion of the course, but also the students’ prospects since entrance examinations for admissions to master’s courses would be conducted basing on the time schedule and a majority of states followed the same time schedule.
In fact, the process of counselling would take at least more than a month from the date of notifying the counselling dates, he added.
Dealing with another petition filed by G.Pooja Reddy, a student from Ramanthapur area of the city, the judge directed the principal secretary to higher education and member-secretary to AFRC (Admission & Fee Regulatory Committee) to file affidavits explaining the reasons for not finalising the fee structure for technical and engineering colleges till date. The affidavits should be placed before the court by Augusts 21, he said.