The state government on Thursday said that the new physics marks obtained in the advance supplementary exam being held on May 16 for the 1.8 lakh Intermediate students who failed in it would not figure in the Eamcet merit list. Secondary education minister K Parthasarathy said that Eamcet rank list was scheduled to be out on May 24 and the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) was in no position to declare its results before that. Eamcet officials have made it clear that the rank list announcement would not be postponed.
Furious students and parents, whose protest had forced the government to agree to advance the exam date from May 24 to 16, held a protest in front of BIE office on Thursday. “If the government is not willing to consider the new marks while calculating Eamcet ranks, why did they advance the date? They raised false hopes,” said N Nagaraju, a parent. Ironically, the government had advanced the dates to allow the students to be eligible for competitive examinations, including Eamcet, BITSAT (for BITS, Pilani), IIT-JEE and AIEEE.
Higher education minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha has reportedly called for a state-level meeting of all stakeholders, including AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University ( JNTU) and Board of Intermediate Education on Friday to discuss the issue.
Till last year, students taking advance supplementary examinations were considered for the Eamcet rank list. But this year, the higher education department issued a GO in the second week of April – before the Inter results – saying that these students would not be considered for Eamcet as hardly a few hundred appeared for it.
However, in an unusual development this year, a huge number (1.8 lakh or 31% of total Inter students) failed in the physics paper. Protests finally forced the state government to advance the advance
supplementary exam date to May 16. Of the total 5.6 lakh students who appeared for the physics paper, 4.8 lakh are appearing for the advance supplementary, including the 1.8 lakh who failed.