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‘Students at fault for non-allotment of seats’

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There is no problem with software or the allotment procedure, says APSCHE Secretary

HYDERABAD: Nearly 20,000 students who missed out on seat allotment in engineering and pharmacy courses gave fewer options and absence of seats in those colleges for their ranks led to denial of seats.

Overconfidence of students is said to be the prime reason apart from purely depending on last year’s seat matrix dashed their hopes. Fee reimbursement, increased seats in new colleges and changed preference of streams this year led to the miscalculation.

“We received nearly 400 complaints so far and enquiries revealed that none of them are valid. There is no problem with software or the allotment procedure,” maintained the APSCHE Secretary, M.D. Christopher.

For example 5,628 ranker was not allotted a seat because he gave just five options and seats in those colleges were already allotted to better rankers before his case came up for allotment. “Had he given more options he would have got a seat in a good college,” said Dr. Raghunath, camp officer.

Changed scenario

Majority complainants argued that allotments were not near to last year’s seat matrix based on which they decided on the options. But officials say that scenario has changed a lot this year with management quota increased to 30 per cent from 25 per cent last year.

Demand for core branches like mechanical and civil has increased with computer science engineering and IT relegated to background while several new colleges have also come up. So students who based their options on seat matrix did not get the desired result.

Some complaints were of lower rank students getting into good colleges. Officials clarified that students were comparing only ranks but they should also look into other factors like caste, regional, women and sports reservations which the software has taken into account while allotting seats.

Helpline centres

Dr. Christopher said that counters have been opened at all helpline centres and officials have been asked to respond positively to students coming with complaints.

He said students have to report to allotted college by September 11 or else such seats would be considered vacant and added for the second phase of counselling. He said all the students can give options in the second phase but they should be careful in choosing the options. If a vacant seat in the second phase is allotted, the existing seat would be automatically closed.

“So students need to choose only good colleges in anticipation of vacancies arising,” he said.


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