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Counselling for Medicine, Dental admissions begin

Hyderabad:  Counselling for admissions into medical and dental colleges began across the Telangana State on Wednesday.

Counselling was held at four Centres including two in Hyderabad, one in Warangal and another at NTR University of Health in Vijayawada.

The first day of counselling was marred by strong protest by the ABVP and SFI students. Hundreds of activists held demonstration at the JNTU Counselling Centre in protest against the increase in medical fee. They demanded that the State Government reduce the fee with immediate effect. Several activists were taken into custody by the police when they tried to barge into the counselling centre.

NTR University of Health Vice-Chancellor Ravi Raju supervised the counselling from the JNTU Centre. Speaking to media persons, he informed that candidates from 1 to 500 ranked were counselled in the morning while those from 501-1000 ranks appeared for counselling in the afternoon session. He said that the counselling went on smoothly despite bifurcation of the State. He said 15% quota, in unreserved category, has been provided to students of Andhra Pradesh, who wish to get admission in Telangana’s medical colleges. Similarly, 15% quota has been provided to Telangana students in AP’s colleges.

Raju said that the protest conducted by some students’ organisation was not related to the counselling as today’s sessions were meant for admissions into government medical and dental colleges. The students’ organisations were protesting against the increase in fee of management seats in private colleges from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 9-11 lakh. (INN)