R. Ravikanth Reddy
EducationPlus Counselling becomes easy for EAMCET rankers
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 Kadapa 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.
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 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.