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Time to choose: A candidate being helped by a counsellor regarding courses and colleges on the first day of engineering counselling in Vijayawada on Wednesday. —
Time to choose: A candidate being helped by a counsellor regarding courses and colleges on the first day of engineering counselling in Vijayawada on Wednesday. —

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Student unions demand rollback of fee hike

Counselling being held for the first time in Vijayawada

54 students register their names in Guntur

VIJAYAWADA: Counselling for admissions into engineering colleges based on EAMCET ranks began amidst protests by the activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI), the Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) at the Government Polytechnic here on Wednesday. Counselling centre for engineering admissions was opened in the city for the first time this year, doing away with the need for students of this region to go to Guntur for the purpose.

The activists staged a dharna in front of the college, demanding a roll back of the hiked tuition fees in engineering colleges. Though the counselling began at the scheduled time of 10 a.m., the LCD display boards arranged in the counselling hall did not begin functioning till 10.50 a.m. because of a technical snag.

The scenario was laid back at the new counselling centre. The officials said not many students turned at the centre because counselling was being held here for the first time.

Narayana College student M. Mohan Sairam, who secured 20th rank, was the first to undergo counselling at the centre. The student opted for a seat in ECE at the JNTU College of Engineering, Kukatpalli.

Government Polytechnic principal and regional coordinator of EAMCET counselling Subhakar Raju told The Hindu that students had to first register themselves by submitting all the required certificates. Registration would be followed by verification of the certificates and then the candidate would be allowed into the counselling hall. One parent was also allowed into the counselling hall along with the student.

Mr. Raju said counselling was done for 77 students, who registered themselves at this Centre, and they were given allotment letters for the branch and college they selected.

The seats of only those students who paid the fee at the special counter arranged by the Indian Bank counter were confirmed, he said.

GUNTUR: On-line counselling for admissions into the engineering courses commenced at the Government Polytechnic for Women here on Wednesday amid protests from various student activists over the steep hike in the fees.

Of the 54 students registered at the centre, 52 secured admissions and two students opted out, according to coordinator and College principal K.S. Vara Prasad. M. Aneesh Kumar, ranked 20 and H. Satish Babu, ranked 23, opted for the ECE course in the J.N.T.U College of Engineering. Andhra Bank DGM Y. Prabhakara Rao and Indian Bank AGM M. Sambasiva handed over the allotment letters to students. Both the banks opened their on-line counters at the centre to enable the students pay the fees.


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