Students were forced to register afresh each time they logged in for the online admission process

The second round of allotment of seats at the National Institutes of Technology is all set to take place on Monday and students are hoping the technical glitches they faced during the first round of online admissions do not recur.

This year, CBSE conducted JEE (Main) examination and published the merit list, while CSAB (Common Seat Allotment Board) in NIT Rourkela was responsible for the allotment of seats. Candidates eligible for NIT counselling had to register online by July 9 at the website of CSAB, and key in their preferences.

However, what should have been a simple procedure caused students great hardship. They had about a week’s time to change, reorder, delete and add to their choices of branches/institutes. However, each time they logged in, they were asked to register afresh. “I was asked to re-register at least four times. Also, my preferred choices would never be saved and I would have to enter all the information again. It was very tedious and confusing,” Ramya Krishnan, a student, said. Students also found errors in the details of colleges and branches.

“I selected over 200 permutations in various institutes. Not only did I have to enter the information repeatedly, I also got to see only my top four preferences when I took a printout of the final form,” said Madhan Rajan, another student.

On July 10, when the first allotment of seats was announced, many students found their names missing from the list.

Other were allotted seats but had no clue which institution they would be studying in.

Students such as Madhan, who did not get their preferred allotments in the first round, are waiting with bated breath for the second round on Monday. “I hope the system shows all my preferences in the online form,” he added.

Many students had complained to the reporting cells of CSAB.

On Saturday, Sunil Sarangi, director of CSAB issued an apology note to all students, admitting the glitches. The errors occurred, he said, because of mismatch between the data used by CBSE and CSAB over the name of Odisha. The former had used Orissa. He said errors were reported from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

These have been rectified and the second allocation would come out on Monday, he said.

Over 75 institutes across the country that include National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT and IITDM), Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) and State Funded Technical Institutes are part of the admission process.

“Such glitches are totally unacceptable, especially because the future of many students is at stake. The NITs should have evolved a better form of online admission, like the IITs which is quite transparent,” said D. Nedunchezhian, consultant, Technocrats India College Finder.

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