AP protests: Students seek refuge in neighbouring states

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Hyderabad, Aug 21: Prolonged agitations in Andhra Pradesh (AP) since 2009 for and against the division of the state have hit the student community hard with many of them migrating to other states for pursuing professional courses.

Frequent bandhs, rallies, road blockades and strikes have been a regular phenomenon ever since the issue of division of the state took the centre stage in 2009. The disruption of counselling (involving verification of certificates and other aspects) in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions for admission to engineering and other professional courses since August 19 is only the latest in a series of protests that put the students in AP at the receiving end.

AP: Protests and rallies affect students
"The agitations only damage the interests of students in their own regions. At the end of the day, it is the ordinary middle class students who are hit hard. The son of a rich man can go to other state or even abroad," K Nageshwar, a member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, who is himself a professor.

The disruptions result in delay of academic calendar, thus adversely affecting students, who appear for national-level competitive examinations, like CAT and various other recruitment tests, he said.

The young job seekers expected a recruitment spree by the government in a pre- election period, but that was not to be due to the continuing agitations, he said. "The agitators should question the political parties and the politicians. Instead of questioning them, they are damaging the interests of the students," Nageshwar said.

The political uncertainty and the agitations have resulted in large-scale migration of students of professional courses like engineering to other states, N Ramesh, president of consortium of private professional engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh, said.

PTI

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