R. RAVIKANTH REDDY
Choosing the right course and college need not be the rough path it used to be for EAMCET rankers. Authorities are making all efforts to ensure that the counselling machinery is well-oiled and works smoothly
After EAMCET the toughest time for an engineering aspirant comes in the form of counselling for admission into colleges. Since they have to choose the course and college that would stay with them forever, students obviously are under tremendous pressure.Authorities, however, are making arrangements to ensure that the process is a smooth affair enabling students to pick course and college without encountering any problems. Counselling for engineering courses will begin on July 6 and students can look forward to precise information at the counselling centres. The addition of Cuddapah as the 6th centre from last year to the existing centres at Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Guntur, Tirupati and Warangal had helped students of Rayalaseema region cut down travel expenses and save time. Counselling would be held simultaneously at all the six centres. The Department of Technical Education (DTE) is also making efforts to drive out apprehensions about the counselling procedure through wide publicity. An official of the DTE said that a notification regarding counselling would be issued soon making clear the ranks to be called each day and the certificates to be brought to the counselling centres under various categories.
According to Dr. Raghunath, an officer involved with the counselling procedure, students need to bring their SSC and Intermediate memoranda of marks, study certificate from 6th class to Intermediate, caste certificate issued by the MRO or RDO, whichever is applicable and the income certificate. For non-local candidates, a document certifying 10 years of residence in the State has to be obtained. 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 the student will register name, hall-ticket number, rank, category and time of reporting and finally affix his signature on the form. Then they will move to the verification counter where a counselling officer will verify all the original certificates. If the documents are intact a sheet will be pinned on the certificates. Students have to go through a final certification of their documents once again. A similar procedure will be followed at all the centres in the State. Candidates will then move to the actual counselling counter. The counselling officer there will feed the rank and hall-ticket number into the computer, which will display the seats available in various courses in all the colleges for the students to decide. Counselling officers will also give information about the college, hostel facilities and faculty. The students need to fill in a form giving five options of the courses and colleges. Based on their choice, the complete information is displayed on the computer to them. The students need to take the final decision in consultation with one of the parents allowed to be present at the allotment counter. The moment candidates write their option, the counselling officer will feed the information into the system that would land in the main server. Options from all over the State will also land in the main server and the software has been designed in such a way that the allotment will be done in the sequence of ranks. The students will be given a chance to verify all the details such as the college chosen and course allotted before the allotment order is cleared.
Once the allotment order is cleared, the students will have to move to the bank counters of different banks located inside the counselling centres to pay the prescribed fee. Before leaving the premises, the candidates will be given the fee receipt and provisional allotment order. According to an official, more than 150 students are allotted seats in an hour in all the five centres.
Even as the students go through all this procedure, they can decide upon their choice of course and college from the huge screens that display the availability of the combination of seats, courses and colleges. "This would help students make up their mind about the stream and college based on the availability of seats even before they go to the allotment counter," Dr. Raghunath said. On the apprehensions about lower rank students getting admitted before the higher ranked students, officials explain that the computer would not accept the allotment if it is not done in the sequence of ranks. Suppose, a 100th ranker in Vishakapatnam moves to the counselling counter before a 50th ranker in Hyderabad, the computer would accept the 100th ranker's choice only after the 99th ranker's choice is cleared. The allotments are displayed on the huge screens giving all details such as the candidates name, hall-ticket number, course chosen, category they belong to and the college preferred. This year, the general category seats are likely to be filled in the first phase giving chance to every candidate to compete. The second phase is likely to be of special category student like the Children of Armed Personnel (CAP), NCC, sports and others, followed by counselling for reserved categories. Final phase of counselling will be held for the general category again. For details students can look for the notification to be issued soon. Local and non-localOfficials clarify that there is no reservation for non-locals, as many perceive. Non-local students can only compete for a maximum of 15 per cent of seats along with the local candidates. To put it simply, there cannot be more than 15 per cent of non-local students in any college even if they get the best ranks. It applies to all three regions -- Osmania University, Andhra University and Sri Venkateshwara University