One lakh of the 3.99 lakh students qualified in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) have so far registered with the Central Counselling Board (CCB) that will conduct counselling and allot seats in 30 National Institutes of Technology (NIT), five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT), and 13 Centrally-funded institutions(CFI). The registration will go on till June 23.
The CCB is based at the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, near here.
The Ministry of the Human Resource Development asked the institution to hold counselling and allotment of seats for 2011-2012 academic year for the NITs, IIITs, CFIs and 23 self-financed Institutions.
According to Sandeep Sancheti, Director of NIT Surathkal and Chairman of the CCB-2011, 34,000 seats are on offer in the engineering stream while 930 seats are available under the architecture stream. The allotment of seats for the 23 SFIs will be done during the spot round, which will start from August 14, Mr. Sancheti said. The online registration on the website www.ccb.nic.in had been on since June 11.
Half of the seats in NITs are reserved for the candidates from the States where the NIT is located and this had been incorporated in the system while generating the unique all India ranking which would form the basis for selection, he said.
Mr. Sancheti said it was in the registration process that the candidate was asked to give the wish-list of the colleges he was seeking admission. Till Monday evening, about 27 lakh choices had been made that included 38,680 choices made by 2,127 candidates registered from Karnataka.
The registered candidates would be getting the status of the seats every evening. They would be asked to lock their choices between June 18 and June 23, he said. The board expected about 2.5 lakh registrations, he added.
G. Srinikethan, Professor in the NIT Surthkal and Coordinator of the CCB, said four NIT Surathkal faculty members had been answering questions made to the helpdesk (0824) 2474086. On an average, the helpdesk received 800 calls a day.
The common complaint had been about inability of candidates to login after registration. “In some cases, the coaching centre has filled the details during the registration and the candidates do not have the password.” In one case, a candidate from Kashmir called to inform about the loss of the AIEEE admit card. When he came back to register after getting a duplicate copy of the admit card, the candidate was shocked to see somebody being registered in his number, Mr. Srinikethan said.
He said the board had decided to freeze such registrations. “We have asked candidates to approach reporting centres with necessary documents to prove identity for re-initiation of registration,” Mr. Srinikethan said.
Mr. Srinikethan said a team from NIT-Trichy was leaving shortly to Andaman to train the staff of the Higher Education Secretariat for counselling and seat allotment. The Higher Education Secretariat of Andaman and Nicobar Administration in Port Blair was one of the 39 Reporting and Help Centre set up in the country.