Hyderabad: Following the Supreme Court’s verdict on state CET’s yesterday, the fate of many students who had appeared for the APEAMCET 2016 hangs in balance now. Their results have been held back (for students who appeared for medical college admissions), making the examination seem null and void at the moment.
However, the state government has just withheld the results in view of seeking further clarity and legal opinion regarding the matter. This development gives a ray of hope for students seeking admission in state medical colleges, who appeared for APEAMCET 2016 on April 29, 2016.
Prof T Papi Reddy, chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education, had earlier reported that though they welcome the SC’s decision to hold a single entrance exam, the NEET rule does not apply to Telangana and AP, as both are exempted under Article 371 (D).
At present, after various consultation between the HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao , health minister Kamineni Srinivas and other officials, it was decided to release the result of engineering colleges only
“The Attorney General is seeking legal opinion on the court orders. We will take a final decision after consulting the chief minister,” said Kamineni Srinivas told the Express.
Amidst all this legal confusion is the statement of T. Papi Reddy, Chairman of the Telangana State Council of Higher Education given to the Hindu that, “ The medical test of the EAMCET will be held on May 15 as per schedule.”
“The medical test of the EAMCET will be held on May 15 as per schedule,” said T. Papi Reddy, chairman of the Telangana State Council of Higher Education. So medical part of the test is must and we will go ahead with the test.”
The media report in addition implied that even though NEET should not be a challenge for the Telangana students, as they prepare for national competitive examinations like AIIMS or JIPMER, still majority of students prefer to appear for Veterinary Science and B.Sc (Agriculture) courses in place of medical course- especially if they are unlikely to clear the ranks.
The only real difference between the NEET format and EAMCET is the negative marking. There is no negative marking in EAMCET while NEET includes it.
However, rural students may continue to face challenge as they do not follow the CBSE syllabus.
“There is around 10 per cent variation between State and CBSE syllabus. Among medical applicants around 30 per cent are from rural areas and their interests cannot be compromised,” a teacher told the Hindu.