Even as the third round of counselling and upgrading of seats for the candidates seeking admission to BTech courses at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) begins on Friday, there seems to be confusion galore among the students as to how to get the branch of their choice.
With the system of ranking already made complicated in the IIT-JEE examination with the then union HRD minister Kapil Sibal’s decision to push the students to shift their focus on board examinations too, the students who have cleared the JEE Main examination cannot now lock their choice of branch. Earlier, they had the facility.
As per the MANIT authorities, the student, till the previous year, had the facility to shift to some other institute if he/she could get the desired branch over there. But this facility has also been done away with.
“This year the system has been made complicated. The last date for upgrading of the branch is July 19 evening while that for the withdrawal is July 18 evening. There is no sufficient time in between. Further, the rounds of counselling have been minimised. What has made the students to sweat it out really is that unlike the previous years they cannot lock the branch of their choice,” a senior faculty told HT.
For instance, he added, if a candidate wanted to get admission to a specific branch and he got the branch too, he would not like to study in some other branch. But if the seats are vacant in other branches, the student would have no control over upgrading of his branch.
Rashmi Chaurasia, an aspirant said, “It’s really bad and annoying too. I am seeking admission in MANIT but nothing is clear. After the first and second round of counselling, I don’t know where I should inquire about my chance of getting admission. They have not mentioned the cut-off marks. Due to this confusion, I have chosen to go for admission in a private if college if the things don’t materialise here.”
Another candidate Daisy Rure is passing through same state of confusion.
“My future depends upon the admission in MANIT but the complicated counselling process has raised my heartbeat. Even after two rounds of counselling, I am waiting for my admission but nothing is clear. MANIT administration also doesn’t have any knowledge about vacant seat and cut-off,” Daisy said.
Meanwhile, MANIT admission cell is faced with numerous queries from candidates and their parents. An admission cell authority on the condition of anonymity said, “When we ourselves find it difficult to draw inferences clearly from the instructions given to us from Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB), what to say of the candidates.”
However, he, said, as far as the ranks of the candidates are concerned it’s settled that 60% of IIT JEE mains examination and 40% of the board examinations would be added to decide the ranks.
“On that count, there is resentment among the candidates but no confusion. The confusion has crept in the counselling system. May be, the next year the things will get clearer.”