Hyderabad, Aug 5: Supreme Court has ordered to conduct the EAMCET 2014 counselling for admission to professional courses like engineering and medical in the colleges of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The Supreme Court said the counselling process will go on till August 31.
On a petition by the state government seeking time till October end to complete the process of admissions, the apex court, in its interim orders, said the classes should start from first week of September.
A division bench observed that the bifurcation should not be allowed to affect the students, and advised both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh not to play politics with the future of students.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu welcomed the order and said efforts have to be made for smooth conduct of admission process, according to an official release.
Talking to reporters, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Social Welfare Ravela Kishore Babu and Communications Advisor to the government Parakala Prabhakar said the Telangana government is also expected to respect the Supreme Court's decision.
Telangana has sought more time for counselling on the ground that it lacks the requisite number of staff to verify the antecedents of students, including nativity.
The government should make changes, if any, in the admission system only next academic year, he said in a release.
Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) has issued notification for admission to engineering colleges in both the states and announced verification of certificates from August 7.
However, Telangana government has asked students from the state to ignore the same. As per the AP Reorganisation Act (which led to formation of Telangana), the common admission test would continue for ten years.
Inputs from PTI