Staff Reporter

KOCHI:Joint Commissioner for Entrance Examinations K. Reghunadhan Pillai has said that several open facilitation centres will be opened across the State to help students and parents clear their doubts on the online option registration for professional courses in the new academic year.

Presenting an overview of Centralised Allotment Process (CAP) at the “Courses and Choices — Sessions on the Professional Streams and More,” a pre-counselling guidance-cum-orientation programme organised by The Hindu-EducationPlus at A.J. Hall here on Saturday, Dr. Pillai said that a few centres would provide an additional utility of resetting the password. Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara, would be the open facilitation centre in Ernakulam. Help desks would also be set up at various centres, he said.

Notification

Urging the students and parents to read very carefully the notification regarding CAP to be issued, the Joint Commissioner said that all their fears and anxieties related to the allotment process will get alleviated, with the publishing of the notification.

Clearing the doubts of nearly 400 students and their parents, who participated in the seventh edition of the off-the-page initiative by Kerala's largest-selling English language newspaper, Dr. Pillai said that online option registration was a “very simple, flawless and error-free transparent system.”

He said the link on information on professional colleges provided on www.cee-kerala.org will provide a detailed view of the academic and other facilities available in each college.

Self-evaluation

Presenting the details on course-college selection in the engineering stream, A. Krishna Swamy, biomedical engineer and alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, said that students should do a self-evaluation on which course and college they would like to choose for their B.Tech. programme. He told them to check the statistics of the college, including the quality of teachers and the kind of companies visiting the campus for placements.

Pointing out that self-study ahead of classroom lecture by teachers would help the students immensely, B.S. Warrier, career consultant, told the participants to initiate long-range planning for job search. Encouraging the students to develop their communication skills, Mr. Warrier said that students should select a course based on his or her aptitude. He also advised the parents to check the facilities available in each professional college besides verifying the quality of teachers on the campus.

Employment scene

Ganesh S. Padmanabhan, area business manager (Kerala) of Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd., who spoke on the employment scene and soft skills, said that aspiring youngsters should develop general skills, including those in problem-solving, IT and computer literacy and networking, to succeed in their career. He said that the challenge ahead is to provide skills training to the graduates and make them employable.

Achuthananda Panda, AGM, State Bank of Travancore (SBT), Zonal Office, Ernakulam, and Ranjith Thomas, Chief Manager (Marketing), Ernakulam zonal office, participated.

K.P. Sunil, Deputy Manager (Marketing) of the zonal office, who spoke on education loans provided by the bank, said it had distributed 94,963 education loans (total outlay of Rs.1,682 crore) as on March 2010.

P. Narayanan, Regional General Manager, The Hindu, Kochi, welcomed the gathering. Jose Jacob, Regional Manager (Advertisement), proposed a vote of thanks. The SBT was the presenting sponsor of the event. The associate sponsors were the Cooperative Academy of Professional Education and ShadWell'S. Kairali Channel was the TV partner and Club FM the radio partner.

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