The uniqueness of the AIEEE 2011 counselling that is now in progress is the endeavour by the Central Counselling Board (CCB) to make the process candidate-friendly, reducing students' anxiety arising from procedural difficulties.
The process that began with online registration, filling up of choices and choice locking from June 11 to 23, is scheduled to end with the last activity of ‘admission to allotted institute against spot round allotment' from August 16 to 20. The classes will begin on July 21 in the participating institutions, after the third of the five rounds of seat allotment. Internal sliding of seats will take place on August 9, and the vacancies will be displayed on the CCB website www.ccb.nic.in on August 10. Internal sliding within an institute will be carried out centrally through the CCB based on all-India rank and on the basis of the branch choices given at the time of admission to the institute. The CCB brochure states that more admission rounds will be conducted depending on the number of vacant seats after spot round allotments.
The online counselling process initiated a couple of years ago has been modified and improved this time by the CCB. The important changes this year constitute special provision to correct erroneous entries made by candidates with regard to his/her State of eligibility and category; improved process (entry/exit) of counselling and choice filling; inclusion of spot round after five rounds of allotment; addition of reporting/ help centres; electronic fee repayment/refund; video/ power point-based training and demonstration for online registration and choice filling; distribution of the brochure detailing the entire process to all 11.5 lakh applicants.
So far there have been over one lakh hits for the video and audio training modules for the benefit of candidates with rural background on the online procedure to fill forms, locking choices, and reporting to reporting/help centres, hosted in the servers of CCB and YouTube since June 6. The message from the CCB Chairman could attract 28,000 hits.
Improvements have also been made in score card presentation, and SMS alerts will be given to candidates as and when allotments are made, the CCB Chairman and Director of National Institute of Technology-Suratkal, Sandeep Sancheti, said during an interaction session at National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi, where he holds additional charge as Director.
Reduction in paper work owing to the e-challan payment system, provision in the spot round for candidates who have already been admitted into IITs but wish to pursue a better programme in NITs; and removal of the possibility for vacancies to arise in the 71 participating colleges (30 National Institutes of Technology, five Indian Institutes of Information Technology, 13 Central/State funded institutions; and 23 self-financed institutions), totally accounting for 34,011 seats, figure among the main advantages accruing from the improved process.
In the spot round, which will be a physical round, students will be able to fill choices from seats available, Dr. Sancheti said.
Seat allotment is done based on the candidate's all-India rank. The number of seats has increased by about 5,000 this year, and the number of participating institutions by eight. Over four lakh candidates out of 10.5 lakh students who sat for AIEEE, have qualified, and 2,09744 out of the qualified candidates have registered for the counselling.
In Tamil Nadu, 9,600 out of 24,490 candidates who appeared for the AIEEE have qualified, and 5,600 have registered, Dr. Sanchetti said.