SUMIT BHATTACHARJEE

The present counselling system gives the students and the parents who accompany them a one-stop experience

Writing EAMCET and securing a rank is just one part completed in the entire process of becoming an engineer or a medico. The biggest task lies in getting a seat in the college of preference and in the desired stream. The counselling process paves the way to reach the desired destination. The process has undergone a sea change, thanks to the info-highway one can witness the entire process and seek admission by just sitting in one of the counselling centres. Here is a brief of the process, requirements and how to go about it, with special focus on engineering aspirants.

Centres

This year two more centres have been added to the original six. They are as follows: Government Polytechnic College- Visakhapatnam, Government Polytechnic College for Women- Guntur, Sankethika Vidya Bhavan- Hyderabad, Government Polytechnic College- Vijayawada, Government Polytechnic College- Warangal, Government Polytechnic College for Women- Kadapa, S V Government Polytechnic College- Tirupati, and Institute of Printing Technology- Secunderabad. These centres will cater to engineering, pharmacy and biotechnology (MPC stream) aspirants.

According to the Principal of Government Polytechnic College, Visakhapatnam, K. Sandhya Rani, the process starts with the publishing of the counselling notification in all the major dailies. It will contain the date and time when the corresponding rank holders have to be present at the counselling centre. On the specified date, the candidates have to go to the centre with his or her EAMCET rank card, EAMCET hall ticket, SSC or equivalent certificate, Intermediate or equivalent pass certificate, Std. VI to Intermediate study certificate, residence certificate (for students who have studied privately), caste certificate and income certificate (for SC/ST and BC students). All the certificates have to be in the original format.

The present system gives the students and the parents who accompany them a one-stop experience. The rankers invited for the day will first be allowed into a waiting hall. From there, they will be called to the registration counter wherein they have to register their name, rank, caste and other details. The students then move to the verification counter where a counselling officer checks the documents attached. Along with the certificates, the candidates have to fill a form indicating the five options of the courses and colleges. After a final verification, the officer feeds the relevant details like rank, caste and hall-ticket number into the system that is linked to the central server.

Based on the choice, the complete information pertaining to the seats available in respective colleges and courses are displayed on the big screen for the students to take the final decision. The information fed from various centres across the state land in the main server and the software is so designed that the allotment takes place in the sequence of ranks. Past experience indicate that about 150 students were allotted seats in an hour in all the previous six centres.

Area allocation

The seats are divided into three regions or areas: Andhra University, Osmania University and Sri Venkateswara University. AU covers the region from Srikakulam to Prakasam. All of Telangana come under Osmania and all of Rayalseema feature under SVU. In each of the areas 85 per cent of the seats are reserved for local candidates and 15 are categorised under unreserved seats or non-local candidates.

Local and non-local

Candidates who have studied from Std. IX to intermediate or have four years of continuous study (till intermediate), without a break, in any one of the above-mentioned areas, they are considered to be local candidates for that area. In case there is a break like two years in OU area and two years in AU area, then the last seven years of study will be taken into consideration. In such cases the maximum period of study in any one of the areas will be taken into consideration.

For example a student has four years (sixth to ninth) in AU area and has done his Std.X in OU area and has completed his intermediate in SVU area, then he will be considered as local for the AU area since he has spent maximum number of years (4 years) in the last seven years in that area. If the period of study is equal in two or more local areas, the area of latest maximum period of study will be considered. Candidates who do not qualify these criteria are treated as non-locals.

Apart from that in case of students who have studied outside the state for part or whole of his or her academic career till intermediate, will be considered for the 15 per cent unreserved seats, if his or her parents (single for both) have resided in the state of AP for a minimum period of 10 years during some part of their life.

In case the father of the candidate hails from another state or has never resided in AP, then he or she will be considered as non-local, if the mother had resided in the state for a period of 10 years prior to her marriage.

Reservations

Out of the total seats available, 15 per cent are reserved for SCs, 6 per cent for STs and 25 per cent for BCs. The BCs are further categorised into BC (A) 7 per cent, BC (B) 10 per cent, BC (C) 1 per cent and BC (D) 7 per cent. The reservations for BC (E) 4 per cent and minorities 5 per cent are still pending in the court.

The camp officer at the Government Polytechnic College in Visakhapatnam Ch. Satyanarayana adds that in all categories, women enjoy a neat reservation of 33 per cent. Apart from these quotas, 3 per cent of the seats are reserved for physically handicapped, children of armed forces (2 per cent), NCC (1 per cent) and sports (0.5 per cent).

Each of the centres will be equipped with a sufficient number of terminals. The centres will also have bank counters to enable the students to pay the required fees in cash or by demand drafts.