February 20, 2014

Post division, Seemandhra students uncertain about education, job prospects! - TOI - 20/02/2014

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Seemandhra youth in Hyderabad are both hopeful and apprehensive about the repercussions of bifurcation on their education and job prospects. While some are worried about regional politics hampering their job prospects in Telangana, others are concerned about getting their degrees from a different state, still others are worried about an imminent relocation to the residuary state.

A 23-year-old postgraduate student from Osmania University, Amal Krishna, who fought his way to get admission in the university in the midst of T trouble, was anxious the day after the Lok Sabha passed the bifurcation Bill. "I was thinking of staying put in OU even as I appear for APPSC. Now staying in Hyderabad will only hamper my plans. I will have to discontinue studies here and go back to Vijayawada to take the state service examinations," Krishna, who has been in Hyderabad for the past 10 years, said.

"I have a job offer in hand and was thinking of staying in the city until I make it to a reputed US-based institute for my master's degree. But now the job market in the city is not encouraging, what with the current climate of regionalism," said Senthi Kumar, whose family settled in Dilsukhnagar three generations ago. His friends from Telangana region have been rather supportive, he added.

City students doing their undergraduate courses also seemed worried about the validity of their degree in the next three years. While Hyderabad would remain a joint capital, the universities affiliating their courses would belong to a different state. "If I have a degree from OU, I would have to get an equivalency certificate while applying for a job in Seemandhra state. I never anticipated something like this," said M Kanaka, a student who had taken admission in JNTU-H under the 15 per cent quota open to student from all regions. About 8 per cent of JNTU-H students hail from the other two regions. Even Osmania University and its affiliated colleges have students from other regions doing different courses.

However, some are hopeful about better job prospects in the residual state of Andhra Pradesh. "I think this would bring about more opportunities for those looking for a job in their own home towns. We expect large scale development in the newly formed state. There would be better job opportunities," Varun Seshagiri, a software professional from the city said. "We hope for the best. But we are prepared for the worst," said Anand Nirmal, a city student.


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