Engineering, pharmacy counselling begins across State

1, 60,277 engineering seats, 15,032 pharmacy seats available this year

161 new engineering colleges, 27 pharmacy colleges get permission

HYDERABAD: Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) was the hot favourite of students on the first day of the engineering and pharmacy counselling that began on Wednesday in eight centres across the State.

The top ranker to appear for counselling was Mohd. Ali Mirza at the Warangal centre and he chose ECE stream in Osmania University College of Engineering (OUCE).

At the Hyderabad centre where Minister for Technical Education R. Chenga Reddy inaugurated the counselling, the 9th ranker Aamani was the first to attend and she chose ECE stream in JNTU Hyderabad campus. The first one to deviate from ECE was 44th ranker Divya Bharadwaj who preferred Computer Science Engineering in OUCE.

Mr. Reddy said 1, 60,277 engineering seats and 15,032 pharmacy seats were available this year in 497 engineering colleges and 250 pharmacy colleges. However, the Convenor’s quota will offer 1, 20,207 engineering and 11,274 pharmacy seats. This year 161 new engineering colleges and 27 pharmacy colleges got permission. This year 140 engineering colleges and 50 pharmacy colleges opted for fee waiver scheme.

Scratch cards

All the students admitted would be given scratch cards containing a password using which they can log onto the website (to be announced later) and change their options of colleges and courses as per the availability. More than 100 options would be given to students if they wish to change their earlier preferred choice. This year CSE seats increased by 10,770 taking the total to 42,214 while the ECE seats increased by 10,560 taking the total to 42,344 seats. Similarly, EEE seats increased by 7,230 seats taking the total to 25,909 while seats in IT stream increased by 10,575 taking the total to 31,345 seats. There was a drop in Mechanical Engineering seats by 210 and now 8,590 seats were available while Chemical Engineering also saw reduction of 15 seats with the total now being 950 seats. However, seats in Civil Engineering increased by 660 taking the total to 3,470 seats. There was an increase of 180 seats in the Aeronautical Engineering stream with the total now being 690 seats. Pharmacy seats also increased by 1,737 seats.

Seats available

The number of seats available in each category were: - 65,740 (Open), 9,203 (BC-A), 13,148 (BC-B), 1,314 (BC-C), 9,203 (BC-D), 5,269 (BC-E), 19,723 (SC) and 7,889 (ST). Officials said the ratio of candidates in BC (B) and BC (D) was 1:2 while it was 1:1 for all other categories.