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Addressing a press conference, he advised the students and their parents to find out for themselves if the college had taken only the stipulated number of students into the courses and shift to some other college if their admission was beyond the sanctioned strength as on August 5.
A three-member team, constituted by the BIE, along with the college principal concerned, would begin physical checking of admission registers of all junior colleges from Friday and those students found admitted in excess of the 88 students per section would be disqualified to write the examination by declaring their admission null and void, he said.
All the colleges would be asked to provide information on all their students in ICR format and their attendance registers sealed and taken to the RI's Office for verification. The examination application forms would be cross-checked with the ICR forms and only those matching with the original information would be allowed to take the final examination, he pointed out.
The information regarding the staff of the college with their photographs and certificates would be collected and entire information on infrastructure and number of seats sanctioned about the colleges put on the Internet for the benefit of students and parents. The checking process by the teams would be completed in 10 days.
From next academic year (2003-2004) the colleges would be asked to submit applications for sanction of additional sections by November and sanction given by January. Additional sections would not be sanctioned to colleges which indulged in giving advertisements in the media in excess of the stipulated norm to attract additional number of students, he said, and added that if the practice continued for three years, affiliation would also be cancelled.
The Government, he said, was planning to make the education system student-oriented and provide a participatory role for managements and parents in it. The amendments in the board rules was to give access to Intermediate education to every student in the State.
Mr. Krupanandam revealed that of the 10 lakh students passing out of the secondary schools, only 6.5 lakhs were seeking admission to Intermediate; hence the board had taken steps to create 10.5 lakh seats. About 95 mandals in the State still did not have a junior college and most of the colleges were concentrated in the urban pockets.
The affiliation of colleges which did not function from the premises (address given in the application form) originally allowed would be summarily cancelled.
A group of educational institutions would not be allowed to have branches and they would have to use a different brand name for a second college set up by the trust or society at a different address to end the `corporate culture.' Also the board was contemplating whether 50 per cent weightage should be given to Intermediate examination marks at the time of admission to professional courses through EAMCET. "This step will end the charm for securing ranks in the EAMCET and publicising them to gain advantage by unscrupulous managements,'' he said.
An `Academic Organiser'---a 9 a.m to 5 p.m. time-table---for junior colleges would be released by the board on Friday, which would have to be strictly adhered to, to be recognised as a regular college. Otherwise, it would be a tutorial college.
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