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GUIDANCE: Panelists addressing the pre-counselling guidance programme for professional courses organised by The Hindu EducationPlus in Kochi on Saturday.

GUIDANCE: Panelists addressing the pre-counselling guidance programme for professional courses organised by The Hindu EducationPlus in Kochi on Saturday.  

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Hundreds of students, accompanied by their parents, attended the pre-counselling guidance programme organised by The Hindu EducationPlus at the Toc-H School auditorium on Saturday to clear doubts about admission to various medical and engineering courses.

This is the second in the three pre-counselling guidance programmes organised by The Hindu EducationPlus. The first programme was organised in association with the State Bank of Travancore in Kozhikode on Thursday. The third programme will be held in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

Elaborating on the various procedures involved in the Centralised Allotment Process (CAP), the Joint Commissioner of Entrance Examinations, S. Rajoo Krishnan, who was in the expert panel, reminded the candidates that they should turn up at the venue of the CAP at the given time slot. "Our personnel will be there to assist you. Report 30 minutes before the allotted time," he said.

He said that candidates should produce original documents for getting admission. "If allotment is taken, fees will have to be paid immediately. No bank guarantee will be accepted. The fee has to be paid either in cash or as demand draft," Dr. Krishnan said. He told students to be careful while filling the OMR sheet for exercising various options. "Take sufficient time for listing various options. A candidate can first take a photocopy of the original sheet. This would help in avoiding mistakes while marking your final option. A judicious approach, keeping in mind the rank scored, should be made while exercising your options," he said.

He said that the 15 per cent regional reservation has been taken off from this year's admission process. This has been added to the State merit. With this increase, the percentage of seats under State merit would be 65.

Giving an overall view of various medical and engineering courses, M. Pramod Kumar, founder-director of TIME, said that students should do a lot of homework before selecting a branch of study. "Branches of study and colleges offering it should be looked together. Go around, talk to experts about the quality of each institution," he said. Urging the students to work hard, Jothydev Kesavadev, Managing Director of Living Longer Life Care Private Ltd, Thiruvananthapuram, said that candidates opting for medical courses should have a genuine interest for the profession. The Principal of SCMS Engineering College, Karukutty, M. Madhavan, told the students that they should be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses while taking up a branch of study. He said that students should also try to improve their communicative skills.

In his presentation on Agriculture, M. Mohandas, Associate Dean, College of Cooperation, Banking and Management, Kerala Agricultural University, said that the field of agriculture offers a wide range of opportunities to the students. "A student successfully completing the agricultural course can get jobs like junior agricultural officers, and marketing officers in the Government sector", he said.

The Assistant General Manager (AGM) of State Bank of Travancore, Abraham George, spoke about the loans offered by the bank for students opting for professional courses in the country and abroad.

The Regional Manager of The Hindu, Murali Krishnan, welcomed the gathering and the City Editor, T. Ramachandran, proposed a vote of thanks.

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