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Pharmacy courses may have CETs

R. Ravikanth Reddy

Inordinate delay in admissions leading to students' migration to neighbouring States

HYDERABAD: In all likelihood, there would be a common entrance test for the Pharmacy courses this year.

The Andhra Pradesh Private Pharmacy Colleges Management Association has mooted the idea of a separate entrance test for pharmacy courses and it has claimed that 104 pharmacy colleges in the State have agreed to make admissions based on the test scores. If the proposal is accepted the test would be conducted by the managements of private pharmacy colleges.

The inordinate delay in admissions leading to students' migration to neighbouring States has irked the colleges and triggered the idea of a separate entrance test. "The admission schedule goes till December some times and State students are forced to go to colleges in the neighbouring State," says T. Jayapal Reddy, general secretary of the association. It is estimated that 15,000 to 20,000 students from the State go to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra to study pharmacy.

The delay in admissions and the academic schedule is leaving very less time for final year students to prepare for the GATE exams that give admission in the post graduate courses.

Another reason is that merit students from the State are missing job opportunities as students from other universities who graduate early are grabbing good jobs. "They are also losing out on admissions in foreign universities," contends Mr. Reddy.

Officials, however, are said to have responded cautiously. Since the Supreme Court judgement allows a group of private colleges to have their own entrance test, instead of rejecting the idea outright officials want to place it before the Judges Committee where the private colleges can argue their case.

The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) would lose revenues if the proposal is accepted since the entrance test fee would go to those conducting the test.

The colleges look flexible in the entire episode. They are arguing that if not the entrance test, at least admissions for pharmacy courses should be de-linked from the engineering and medical admissions and held separately.

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