Hyderabad: Junior college seat crises

The pass percentage in SSC exams in Hyderabad was 76 per cent last year, it went up to 78 per cent this year. Nearly 1 lakh students passed the SSC exams in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts leading to increased demand for the seats in the junior college this years than ever.

To cater this demand, the BIE (Board of Intermediate Education) has invited applications for 208 new colleges this year, but has received only 90 proposals from private institutes to set up new junior colleges in the city.

The matter becomes serious when one takes into account that nearly 1 lakh students passed the SSC exams in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts alone and that the existing 500 junior colleges can cater to the needs of only about 50,000 students.

The poor response has shocked BIE officials, who fear that this may lead to severe shortage of seats in junior colleges this year.

The junior colleges not only cater to students of the twin cities, but also to students from neighbouring districts like Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Medak.

To make matters worse, the demand for MPC and BiPC courses in Intermediate is high as students join these courses with an eye on Eamcet for admissions into professional courses like engineering, medicine, pharmacy etc.

The reason given by the private institutions for being reluctant are the “impractical norms” stipulated by the Board like having a one-acre sports ground in the new colleges. They say it is impossible to find an acre area for sports ground in the city limits.“Even if land is available, who will spend crores just to set up a junior college?” asked Mr Ch. Sivaprasada Rao, an applicant.

BIE officials did not comment when asked about such “norms”. However, BIE officials are considering extending the deadline to submit proposals for applicants in the city.