Staff Reporter

The Hindu-Educationplus pre-admission guidance programme concludes

  • Rank of the candidate, not level of their option, will determine their chances of admission
  • Homepage on their website will be active only after fee is remitted

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Joint Commissioner of Entrance Examinations S.N. Kumar has said that candidates who appear for online counselling for admission to various professional colleges in the State should accept the first seat allotted to them even though it may not be their first option.

    Speaking at a pre-admission guidance programme organised by The Hindu -Educationplus here on Sunday, he said they should accept the seat allotted to them on the basis of their rank and remit the fee for the course at the designated bank. The course or the college may not be their first option.

    ``Their homepage on the website set up for online seat allocation will be active only after they remit the fee. They may be out of the race for any course in the stream if they do not remit the fee,'' Mr. Kumar said.

    After remitting the fee, they could reprioritise their options depending on the availability of seats at the end of each stage of allocation. The fee will be transferred to respective colleges only after they make their final choice. If the candidates could secure a higher option in the next round of allocation, they will have to remit only the balance amount adjusted against the fee remitted earlier. The fee will be returned to them if they join a course out of the purview of the Common Entrance Examination conducted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations, provided they approach the commissionarate before the last date of admission.

    The Joint Commissioner said it was the rank of the candidates, and not the level of their option, that would determine their chances of admission for a particular course.

    The programme marked the finale of this year's entrance guidance sessions conducted by The Hindu for professional course aspirants in the State.

    Pointing out that the programme has entered the fourth consecutive year in the capital city of `India's socially most progressive State,' Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu N. Ram, in his message, said the initiative represented the newspaper's commitment to promoting excellence, equal opportunity and the broadest access to higher professional education. The message was read out by Chief of Bureau K.M. Tampi.

    Health activist C.R. Soman made a presentation on the medical stream, IT specialist G. Vijayaraghavan on `IT education scope and span,' and Ajay Antony of T.I.M.E on the engineering stream. G.P.C. Nayar, president of the association of the managements of self-financing engineering colleges, spoke on the proposed admission procedures in self-financing professional colleges. State Bank of Travancore (SBT) assistant manager Gregory Paul spoke about the various education loan schemes of the bank.

    Regional General Manager of The Hindu T.S. Lakshminarasimhan welcomed the gathering. Regional Manager (Advertisement) K.K. Joshi proposed vote of thanks. SBT was the presenting sponsor and T.I.M.E the cosponsor of the event.