Staff Reporter

KOCHI: “What is the difference between mechanical engineering and automobile engineering?”

“What should I do, if I am not getting admission in the first allotment?”

“Is it mandatory to cancel the higher options?”

These were a few of the questions churning the anxiety stricken minds of the 400-odd participants who turned up to attend “Courses and choices – sessions on professional streams and more”, a pre-admission guidance programme organised by The Hindu-EducationPlus here on Saturday.

Tension was writ large over several faces of the students who walked into the packed A. J. Hall at Kaloor.

But they returned home, feeling relieved at the end, having found answers to most of their questions.

Answering the first query, B.S. Warrier, career consultant, said: “Mechanical engineering is like the mother. Automobile engineering is the child. But you need not worry, as both the programmes are good”.

First allotment

Mr. Warrier advised a youngster, who wanted to know what he should do once he fails to make it in the first allotment, that he should at least enrol for a B.Sc programme in such a situation.

K. Reghunadhan Pillai, Joint Commissioner of Entrance Examinations, went one step ahead and told him to wait for the second allotment.

An anxious parent wanted to know whether he would lose the fees remitted in a college, if his child gets admission in another college by exercising the higher order option.

Dr. Pillai said that there would be no change in the fee, if the candidate opts for the same course in another college.

He also said the additional fee, if any remitted by the candidate, will be refunded later.

Reacting to a query on the lack of adequate information about engineering colleges, A. Krishna Swamy, who spoke on the course-college selection in the engineering stream, said that there would be nothing worthy of publication for a college, if information is lacking about it. But there would be ample information about good colleges, he said.