HYDERABAD: There may be no jumbling system in Intermediate practical examination this year.
As many private and government colleges do not have proper equipment, and with Telangana private college managements also demanding postponement of the jumbling system by a year, the state government appears to be left with no option but to put it off for the fourth consecutive year.
The state government had proposed to introduce the jumbling system from 2008- 09 academic year, but did not implement it as no colleges had the necessary infrastructure.
Minister for secondary education Kolusu Parthasarathi will be conducting a meeting with officials on Tuesday where the decision is likely to go in favour of deferring the jumbling system.
Speaking to Express, Telangana Private College Managements Association general secretary V Narendar Reddy said of the 2,000 private colleges in the Telangana region, as many as 1,500 had no lab equipment.
In the remaining 500 colleges, the labs are equipped with only 50 percent of the required instruments.
Concerning lab equipment, government colleges are better than private colleges across the state.
The state government had released `2 lakh to each government colleges that do not have proper lab equipment to procure them this year.
As practical examinations are scheduled to begin on February 3, the colleges are without proper equipment now.
According to schedule, the Board of Intermediate Educations has to send hall tickets to students from January 25.
That means the government is left with only one day to take a decision, which might force the minister to defer the proposal of introducing jumbling system this year.
Meanwhile, students are in a state of confusion.
Speaking to Express, K Sangeetha, a senior MPC student, said her teachers did not tell her anything about the way the practical exams are going to be held this year.
She and her classmates did not know whether they are going to take the exam in jumbling system or not.