COIMBATORE: Now that the rank list for engineering applicants is published, the next step for them is to prepare for counselling. But, why at all prepare for counselling? It is not an interview. For those who have such thoughts, the orientation at the Government College of Technology organised by the Coimbatore Chapter of Computer Society of India on Sunday, would have been an eye opener.
A complicated process could not have been explained in a simpler manner, as was done by P. Narayanaswamy, Professor and Head of the Department, Computer Science, Anna University, Chennai. Students and parents were in rapt attention when he spoke for over an hour on “How to Face the Engineering Counselling of Anna University”
With counselling to begin on July 3 (for sports quota), the orientation could not have been timed better. Mr. Narayanaswamy started off with what candidates should do from the time they received the call letter. “Remember to carry originals of all relevant certificates. Do keep at least three sets of photocopies at home. The call letter, Plus Two and X standard mark sheets, transfer certificate and community certificate (not required for Other Castes) should be kept handy,” he said.
Details should match
He insisted that the details in all the certificates should the same. “If your name is spelt differently in any one of the certificates, you will not be allowed to attend the counselling,” he cautioned. Since there was time for the counselling, he urged candidates and parents to make necessary corrections with the authorities concerned regarding change in spelling, etc. Those who had begun UG courses in arts and science colleges were told to get bonafide certificate from the respective colleges that the original certificates were in their keep to be produced in place of originals at the counselling centre.
Outstation candidates were asked to reach Chennai a day earlier in order to avoid delays caused in travel. “Never go late. Reach the university an hour earlier.
They will not entertain you if you reach even late by a few minutes,” he said.
Make your choice
Then he went on to give step-by-step instructions to the candidates once they reached the centre (see box). He advised them to be well prepared on the college and course options before the day of the counselling.
“There need be no cause for panic if you are well prepared. There is no time limit for selecting your course.
You can take your time and decide without any confusion. Vacancy will be based on community reservation (OC – 31, BC – 23, BCC – 3.5, BCM – 3.5, MBC – 20, SC – 18 and ST – 1).” Each candidate is permitted to take along a parent into the counselling hall. He warned of touts who promised seats. “Do not believe anybody. Nobody can get you a seat.. Everything is as per the computer generated information and nobody can meddle with any information. You will get what you have to,” he said.