Engineering aspirants have doubts on counselling clarified

“When is the counselling to engineering admission for students from vocational stream?”, “Are students from National Institute of Open Schooling eligible for admission?”, “Can documents not furnished with the application form be presented later?” – these were a few questions anxious engineering aspirants and their parents asked at a counselling programme held here on Sunday.

They posed these and a few more questions to a panel comprising faculty associated with the engineering admission and senior academics at the ‘How to face the Tamil Nadu Engineering Counselling’ orientation programme the Computer Society of India, Coimbatore, conducted.

P. Narayanaswamy, HoD, IT, Anna University, Chennai, made a detailed presentation on the counselling process and took most of the questions.

The counselling management team, as per State Government’s instructions, aggregated each candidate’s maths, physics and chemistry mark for 200. If students had the same mark, their score in maths was taken into account for arriving at the rank list. If the score in maths too was the same, then it was physics.

If the mark in physics too was the same, the fourth subject (computer science or biology) was considered and in the event of the marks in subjects being the same, the team referred to the date of birth to place the older one higher on the list. And in the event of a tie, the team generated random numbers, he explained.

The counselling would start at 7.30 a.m. and continue till 6 p.m. On an average 2,000 applicants would be attended to a day and the number might to go up to 4,000 students on a few days.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said it was advisable for applicants to be present in Chennai at least a day earlier so that they did not get delayed or missed the counselling. “A minute’s delay will cost you a session and also about few hundred seats.”

At the time of appearing for the counselling, applicants shall do well to have their Plus Two mark sheet in original, Class X mark sheet as well, Plus-Two hall ticket, transfer certificate, community/nativity certificate, if applicable, and details regarding re-totalling, if applicable.

Letter

If they had already obtained admission elsewhere, a ‘bona fide’ letter from the head of the institution concerned would be accepted.

He said the first thing the engineering aspirants should do at the start of the counselling session was pay money to collect demand draft at the bank counters at the Anna University campus, sign the attendance at the ‘briefing hall’, a must because unless they registered their presence, they would not be called for counselling, and then wait for their turn.

At the waiting hall, they could keep track of the seats filled and their chances, institution-wise. Caste-wise split up of the seats too would be available, he said and added that the same thing could be checked online at the end of every session.

He asked them to come prepared with at least three choices – college and course, so that if they did not get the first choice, they would be ready with the second. He cautioned them on colleges with similar sounding names and suggested that they check with the college code, given in the admission handbook, to avoid confusion.

Mahendra Kumar, Chairman, Computer Society of India, Coimbatore Chapter, welcomed the gathering. R. Rudramoorthy, Principal, PSG College of Technology, S. Subramanian, Principal, Sri Krishna College of Engineering, R. Nadarajan, HoD, Computer Applications, PSG College of Technology, and J.V. Ramasamy, HoD, Civil Engineering, PSG College of Technology, also handled students’ questions.

CSI gave each of the participants a booklet on counselling. It had also roped in students from Palani through video conferencing facility.

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