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Meritorious students in MP may miss good engg seats

Sravani Sarkar , Hindustan Times  Bhopal, May 23, 2013
First Published: 10:30 IST(23/5/2013) | Last Updated: 10:31 IST(23/5/2013)

Would the most meritorious engineering aspirants in Madhya Pradesh lose out on the opportunity to get best of seats?

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The apprehension is looming large since the results of Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced 2013 for engineering courses in Indian Institutes of Technology will be announced well after the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) conducts the first phase of admissions in state colleges.

The DTE is planning to start the first phase of admissions by May 27 and the first set of allotments would be most likely released on June 20. In the first phase, the best of the seats in the state would be offered to the registered candidates on the basis of merit.

However, about 8,000 meritorious students of the state have been selected for the JEE advanced and would be looking forward to admissions to IITs and National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

But the JEE advanced examination would be held on June 2, the result would be announced on June 23 and the rank cards for candidates would be available only on July 7, after which the admissions to IITs and NITs would begin.

The students who fail to make it to either IITs or NITs during this admission process, would have to fall back on the state colleges for admissions. But by then, the best of the seats would already have been grabbed by students of lesser merit, thus, forcing the meritorious students to settle for the available seats, sources added.

However, the DTE could not have delayed the admission process in state engineering colleges because of a guideline of the All India Council of Technical Education. It says that all admissions in engineering colleges in different states should be completed by July 30, so that uniformity of academic session could be maintained. This guideline is based on a Supreme Court order and, thus, the DTE is bound to follow it.

Sources, however, said that the state government could have considered the above possibility of meritorious students losing out on good seats and sought a relief from the court. But no such steps have been taken yet. Director of DTE Arun Nahar could not be contacted for comments.

The private engineering college managements in the state are, however, sort of confident that most of the students appearing for the JEE advanced would also register themselves for the first phase of counselling for admissions in state colleges and secure good seats. "The students who actually make it to the IITs and NITs could easily get their admissions cancelled later," general secretary of Association of Technical Professional Institutes Suresh Chouksey told HT.

Yet, the possibility still looms that some of the meritorious candidates might have to compromise with quality of colleges and branches in case they fail to register for the first phase of counselling and could not make it in JEE advanced.


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