HYDERABAD:Tech-savvy Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who introduced the practice of holding Cabinet meetings in electronic format by doing away with paper work, has directed the officials concerned to hold Eamcet-2015 in the state this time online.
Eamcet date has been advanced to May 8 from May 10. AP HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao on Monday said the AP government had decided to hold Eamcet both online and offline from this year onwards.
“I have already asked officials to take steps to conduct Eamcet online. It is up to the students to take the exam either online or offline,” he added.
In what could come as a huge relief to students and parents, the state government advanced the date of the conduct of Eamcet from May 10 to 8 to avoid clash of date with that of Karnataka Engineering Entrance Test.
Eamcet notification would be issued on March 3. It would be conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Kakinada.
“It was brought to our notice that CET being conducted by private engineering colleges in Karnataka and DSC were falling on the same date. We observed that conducting both Eamcet and DSC on the same day could cause shortage of examination centres and invigilation staff. Keeping the interest of the students in view, we have decided to change the date of Eamcet,” he said. In as many as 250 test centres and 17 regional centres engineering examination would be conducted, while in 125 centres examination for medicine stream would be held.
Around 1.7 lakh students are likely to take engineering and 3,100 medical entrance examination. A committee will be formed to conduct Eamcet-2015 consisting of the vice-chancellor of JNTU-K, representatives from
three universities, directors of technical education and medical education, Secretary of Higher Education, a representative of the AP State Council of Higher Education and principal of a private engineering college as members, the minister said.
On more number of seats being available in engineering colleges than the number of applicants, the HRD minister said a committee was looking into the issue and it would decide for the next academic year whether to continue with admissions through Eamcet or based on the marks obtained in the Intermediate.
A total of 1,65,000 seats are available in the engineering colleges of the universities and under private management in the state and 1,16,732 of them will be filled up under Convener’s quota.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided to constitute a 36-member State knowledge advisory committee. The government would be announcing state’s “Knowledge Mission” on March 18 at Vijayawada.