Telangana govt's new clause trips Andhra students HYDERABAD: A new clause introduced by the Telangana government has sealed the fate of 39,000 Andha-origin students who had done their schooling and college education in the new state. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's new parental education clause says Andhraite students who enjoy local status here will only be eligible for fee reimbursement if their parents have also studied in Telangana. Experts say this move effectively allows the state to wash off its hands from paying the fee for students whose origins can be traced back to Andhra Pradesh. Students whose had been studying in Telangana fall under the local category in the state and non-local category in Andhra Pradesh. This would mean that even if they were to migrate to AP for studies considering their parental origins, they will be eligible only to avail 15% of the non-local quota seats in the state. "Students from poor backgrounds will get affected by the parental origin clause. If the government could invite investment from businessmen and entrepreneurs from AP, why should they try to crack down on students from Andhra who fall under the local category by virtue of their long years of studies in Telangana," said P Madhusudan Reddy from the Government Junior College Lecturers' Association. The fee reimbursement scheme covers students from SC, ST. OBC and EBC communities with minimal parental income doing their intermediate, under graduate and post graduate studies in the state. Those in the know of things said that the crackdown on fee reimbursement scheme has come at a time when the state government is visibly encouraging Andhraite-owned colleges in the state by providing a friendlier environment to run business. Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao's new parental education clause says Andhraite students who enjoy local status will only be eligible for fee reimbursement if their parents have also studied in Telangana. About 70 out of 372 engineering colleges in Telangana are owned by people from Andhra Pradesh while two of the main intermediate college streams in the state are also owned by Andhraites. Representatives of professional college managements said that with Telangana being hostile they are expecting a 15% to 20% drop in admissions this year as students with AP roots might stay away from admissions here. "Already students with Andhra origins are migrating to other states like Tamil Nadu for admissions. The new policy will only drive more of them out of Telangana," said Ramesh Nimmatoori from Consortium of Private Professional College Managements' Association. Other than Hyderabad, other districts in Telangana, including Nizamabad and Ranga Reddy has a sizable Andhra student population. Engineering admissions are expected to commence in the first week of July. Telangana govt's new clause trips Andhra students - The Times of India ***************************************************************** What is going on? This is most ridiculous. Telengana has separated from the Union? if so, isolate landlocked Telengana and let us see how long it can survive. The Nizam and his razakaar could not!