Students at the pre-counselling session went home a relieved lot
DHARWAD: They came from varied backgrounds but had similar doubts, apprehensions and misconceptions. At the end of the day, they returned home relieved after most of their questions had been answered.
The pre-counselling guidance session organised by The Hindu EducationPlus at Dr. Mallikarjun Kalabhavan here on Sunday was a revealing experience for the 600-odd students aspiring to get into professional courses.
The students had come from Gadag, Haveri, Hospet, Bellary, Davangere, Harihar and Dandeli, with a majority of them from the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad. They got "a lot of information regarding professional courses" as one student put it.
While C. Bhasker Rao, Principal, SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dhavalnagar, Dharwad, and Vice-President of the Dental Council of India, briefed the students about the drastic changes that had taken place in the field of dentistry, Alka Kulkarni, Special Officer (Academics), Visvesaraya Technological University, Belgaum, made a presentation on the CET admission process and the various engineering courses.
Niranjan Kumar, Medical Director, SDM College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Sattur, Dharwad, explained who should chose medicine and Ashok Shettar, Principal, B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Vidyanagar, Hubli, traced the history of engineering and elaborated on the various on branches of engineering.
The essence of the advice given by all the speakers was the same: along with studies, develop soft skills, such as communication skills and analytical skills.
Students were advised to select the profession of their choice and not opt for a course just because it was in great demand.
Although during the lectures, the experts cleared several doubts and misconceptions, the interaction session went on for more than an hour and proved that the students and parents were still a confused lot with regard to the admission process.
On the occasion, cash prizes to toppers of the Mock CET conducted in Hubli by The Hindu were distributed. Dr. Niranjankumar and Dr. Ashok Shettar gave away the prizes.
M. Baba Prasad, Deputy Editor, The Hindu , who explained the objectives of the programme, elaborated on the newspaper's commitment to promoting excellence in education.
K.V.V. Prasad, Head, Department of Community Dentistry, answered a few questions regarding dental sciences during the interactive session. T. Ravi, Senior Regional Manager, The Hindu , Mangalore, proposed a vote of thanks. R. Sunil, Regional General Manager (Advertisement), The Hindu , Bangalore, was present.