The Supreme Court (SC) of India has given its green signal to conduct the second round of engineering counseling for the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test 2014 (EAMCET 2014) in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (AP). EAMCET 2014 was held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 and the Results were declared on Monday, June 09, 2014. This examination is essential for admission into various engineering and medical colleges.
The SC had earlier denied permission to hold the second round of counseling for the examination as the Hyderabad based Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) had de-recognized 174 colleges in Telangana and AP which did not comply with the norms laid down by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and JNTU. AICTE is the statutory body of the technical education system throughout India and JNTU conducts the EAMCET.
The derecognized colleges later filed a petition in SC against JNTU. SC agreed to grant conditional permission to the second round of counseling. The state governments as well as the colleges were advised to inform the students that admissions will only be granted on adhoc basis and that final admissions will be based on the final Results of the AICTE inspection conducted on the de-recognized colleges.
Students were told to deposit their fees in a special account and not the college accounts until the inspections were over, so that the fee can be refunded in case of cancellation of recognition. Altogether 12,000 engineering seats in Telangana as well as 60,000 seats in AP were left vacant.
The SC directed both the states to prepare a counseling schedule, which should be concluded by Friday, November 14, 2014.
Around 3,95,600 candidates had registered for EAMCET 2014. According to reports, in engineering, AP students registered a pass rate of 72.59% compared to 68.86% of Telangana. The overall pass rate in engineering was 70.77%.