The students are caught in crossfire between the two Telugu-speaking states as the row bitters in the issue of fee reimbursement.
The students who have passed EAMCET has been caught by anxiety as there is no clarity over fee reimbursement. The Supreme Court of India had earlier served an order to complete the admission process by Aug 31 in both the states.
The students were caught in a sticky situation as Telangana’s decision to scrap the existing fee reimbursement scheme and to extend financial assistance to only those students whose parents were residents of Telangana as on Nov 1, 1956.
The earlier government of Congress had introduced a scheme in 2008 to reimburse the fee of students belonging to economically weaker sections.
Describing the scheme as a ‘big scam’, the Telangana government scrapped it. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao said many colleges and students exist on papers to claim the money. He instead introduced a new scheme called Financial Assistance to Students of Telangana (FAST) and made it clear that the government will not pay the fee of the students of other state (read Andhra Pradesh) studying in Hyderabad or other parts of Telangana.