Gulbarga pre-counselling session, a big draw

For the parents and students of the educationally backward Hyderabad-Karnataka, the pre-counselling session for engineering, medical and allied streams organised by The Hindu EducationPlus at the Doddappa Appa Sabha Mantap in the Sharanabasaveshwar Educational Institutions complex in the city was a rewarding experience.It is for the first time that such a event was being held in the region for the anxious students who were seeking entry into professional courses after appearing in the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the State Government and the test conducted by the COMED-K. The students and parents from as far as Raichur and Bidar along with the different taluks of Gulbarga district participated in the counselling session inaugurated by the Chairman of the Sharanabasaveshwar Vidya Vardak Sangh and Mahadasoha Peetadhipathi of the Sharanabasaveshwar Samsthan, Poojya Sharanabasavappa Appa.It was also for the first time a wide panel of experts from the field of medicine and engineering were involved in the session. The response was overwhelming and the spacious Doddappa Appa Sabha Mantap was overflowing with students and parents.The panel of experts included P.S. Shankar, eminent medical teacher, winner of the B. C. Roy Award, member of the National Board of Examinations and Principal of the Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College; V.D. Mytri, Member of the Academic Senate and the Executive Council of the Visvesvaraya Technical University and Principal of PDA College of Engineering, one of the oldest engineering colleges in the State; B. Kagesan, Special Officer of the Visvesvaraya Technical University; G.K. Purohit, Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department in the PDA College of Engineering; and Anilkumar Bidve, Principal of the Appa Institute of Engineering.

`Doubts cleared'

Shreya Kinikar, who had passed her PUC from the Aditya Birla Public School at Malkhed, said: "I gained a lot from the pre-counselling and my doubts about CET, COMED-K and the course which I shouldopt for have been cleared." Chief Librarian of the Gulbarga University, Ravi Gaddagimath, who was among the large number of parents who participated in the event, said that he was impressed by the clarity with which the experts provided the information on the courses available. The speakers and students praised The Hindu for holding the counselling session for the first time in the region.T.V. SIVANANDAN