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Clash of ICET, NIMCET dates worries students

K. Srinivas Reddy


NIT Bhopal has requested the APSCHE to conduct ICET on any other day than May 15


HYDERABAD: Thousands of students planning to join MCA course are left in a quandary with both — the ICET for admission to the colleges in the State and NIMCET for getting into National Institutes of Technology (NITs) — are slated to be held on the same day (May 15).

The Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, which is conducting NIMCET-2011, has already written to the A.P. State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) drawing its attention to the clash of the exam dates. But so far the issue has not been thrashed out, dampening the aspirations of thousands of students from A.P.

Many students from the State appear for NIMCET every year competing for their share in 11 NITs in the country which have 826 seats. But the clash of the exam dates has dashed their hopes now.

NIT Bhopal, on January 28, requested the APSCHE to conduct ICET on any other day than May 15 to avoid the clash in the interest of students.

“We have sought the opinion of Andhra University on the issue. If it's possible, we will postpone the date. Anyhow, the council has to take a decision on this issue,” M.D. Christopher, Secretary of the Council told The Hindu.

The ICET to be conducted by AU this year is being taken by nearly two lakh students who seek admissions to MBA and MCA in the State. There are nearly 500 colleges which offer MBA and an equal number offering MCA. Last year, 1.8 lakh students attempted the test. The Maulana Azad NIT, Bhopal, maintained that the test schedule was announced in October 2010. It is to conduct the test in 22 test centres, including all NITs across the country.

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