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Tackling Multiple Counselling for Engineering Colleges

Tackling Multiple Counselling for Engineering CollegesThe counselling process conducted by engineering colleges in India is the formal procedure for allocation of seats to candidates on the basis of their obtained scores in entrance examinations. The counselling-process-conducting body is generally a consortium of engineering colleges that appoint a board to manage the process. The counselling process makes sure that the seats for engineering are allocated rank-wise after the results of the entrance exam are declared. Candidates are segregated into batches on the basis of their rank and are given the ability to choose an engineering course and institute from a provided list. Candidates who have obtained high ranks are given first preference in choosing their engineering institute and branch.

The counselling process is more often than not a tense and anxious time for both students and their parents because they have to apply at more than one institute to have a fair chance of gaining admission into an engineering course and institute. To make the most of the counselling process, students should be well prepared.

Mentioned below are some of the key points to simplify the process of multiple counselling in Indian engineering colleges:

  • During the counselling process, conduct a thorough research about available colleges on the basis of your rank. If your obtained scores do not live up to your expectations, do not waste vital time lamenting over it. In this way, you should prepare keeping the next step in mind. Try searching an engineering course of your interest that could be offered according to your score. You should put your wholehearted efforts in trying to get admission to such a course.

  • Students and parents should choose a course and institute jointly during the counselling process. Students are given the ability to choose from as many as 10 colleges. Advice given by friends and relatives should be treated as supportive information. The predominant factors that need to be taken into account while selecting an institute include placement facilities, quality of faculty members, college infrastructure, and ratio of teachers to students. The tenure of the college principal is another major factor to keep in mind. Frequent changes of college principals indicate there is lack of healthy management at the institute.

  • Candidates should keep a check on a prospective college’s fee structure. Before gaining admission, you need to check if the fees are affordable and fit your budget. In the midst of the counselling process, if an institute asks for additional fees other than that mentioned in the booklet, you could register a complaint with the Directorate of Technical Education.

  •  A set percentage of seats are reserved for different segments of society. Admissions are carried out according to these quotas. The privilege of quota is also extended for students who excel in sports, children of former servicemen, and many more. Students seeking admission via sports quota need to be consistently good in sports for 4 years.

  • There is no age limit for students who wish to gain admission to engineering courses, marine engineering being an exception with an age limit of 25 years. In addition, girls cannot seek admission into mining courses.

  • With so many counselling processes to attend at different engineering colleges, students and parents can easily lose their cool. Therefore, maintaining a calm composure if of tremendous importance during multiple counselling. If you fail to receive a call letter, make it a point to reach your counselling center a couple of hours earlier. Institutes will issue duplicate call letters to candidates at the counselling center a few hours before commencement of the counselling process.

  • There exist both offline and online counselling processes in engineering colleges. Candidates need to spend more time researching in the case of offline counselling process.

  • According to the new admission guidelines, IITs and NITs (two of India’s most reputed engineering institutes) have prohibited candidates from holding seats simultaneously in both IITs and NITs at the time of admission. This policy has been implemented so that candidates who obtain lower ranks are given a fair chance of obtaining a seat in any one of the two institutes.

Attending multiple counselling processes to obtain an engineering seat can be a tiresome and stressful process in the life of an engineering aspirant. The decision made by the student will have a lasting impact on his or her career. The counselling process has been set up for ensuring that seats are allocated fairly and systematically. Because the counselling process witnesses the allotment of thousands of engineering seats, certain procedures are put in place for smooth and hassle-free execution. Students need to be well versed with rules and regulations before attempting multiple counselling sessions. Moreover, students need to spend time researching and preparing a list of institutes they would like to join on the basis of the rank obtained.