Computer science, information technology and electronics and communication engineering are the most popular choices this year for engineering aspirants in Delhi.
This has been reflected in the trends emerging after two rounds of common counselling at four prominent engineering institutions in the Capital –Delhi Technological University (DTU), Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT Delhi), Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT).
In June 2014, for the first time ever, admissions to the BTech programme were conducted through a common counselling process in three of these institutions. Recently NSIT also joined the process.
The common counselling is on the lines of the selection process for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology and the National Institutes of Technology. During counselling, the choices submitted by candidates are processed centrally and seats allotted in the order of merit on the basis of the locked choices.
According to Professor Rakesh Kumar Singh, member, joint admissions committee for these institutions, “Since 2014, the admission to BE/BTech programme is being conducted through joint admission counselling. Students are required to fill the common application form for admission to the four premier engineering universities/institutions of the Delhi government. The rank list for all the four is generated together.”
Unique aspects of 2016 common counselling
“The admission to the BArchitecture programme at IGDTUW was offered in offline mode in 2015. This year, it has been integrated in the joint admission counselling (JAC) portal. The number of courses and the number of seats have been increased in the various participating universities/institutes. DTU has increased 250 seats in various courses, IGDTUW has increased 60 seats in computer science engineering and IIITD has also increased 70 seats. The total number of seats offered by four participating institutions in 2016 is 3,328, which was 2,928 in 2015 in BE/BTech programmes. The number of seats for BArch in IGDTUW remains 40 in the 2016 counselling. Computer science engineering is the first preference of the students followed by IT based on the round 1 cut-off. The BArch programme of the IGDTUW has also gained popularity with high cut-off in round 1,” says Professor Singh.
The total number of registrations of students seeking admission in the undergraduate courses is also increasing. “Another advantage is that due to common counselling, the total duration of admission process has reduced. This time the counselling process is completing on July 31, 2016, and the session will start with full strength of the students from August 1, 2016,” he says.
Manoj Kumar, vice chairman, BTech admissions, DTU, says, “This time, DTU has increased seats in computer engineering from 140 to 360 and in information technology from 90 to 120. But the most popular branch is still computer engineering. For outside Delhi candidates, computer engineering and mechanical engineering are popular. Our branch, mathematics and computing started in 2012 is also gaining popularity because of its curriculum design and good placements.”
Boon for applicants
The common counselling process, says Professor Singh, has helped the students immensely as a common application form is required to be filled for the four institutions and the admission process is also conducted jointly. “After the implementation of common counselling, prospective candidates now don’t have to deposit the fee separately in the participating institution while waiting for the branch of their choice. The verification of documents is also done once, and if the candidate is upgraded to another participating institution, he/she is not required to go for document verification again. With the centralised merit list, the admission process has been made smoother. The candidate is required to report to the final allocated institute at the end of the counselling process,” he says. Says Kumar, “Earlier, each institute was conducting its own counselling and the students were applying separately, paying `1,000 to `1,200 in each and blocking seats in multiple institutes. They ended up spending thousands of rupees. Now, with common counselling, a candidate gets his best choice and pays fee only once.”
With the advent of JAC for four participating institutes, each candidate is allotted only one seat. Earlier, candidates used to block various seats in different institutions in Delhi. Interestingly, no seat has remained vacant during counselling through JAC in 2014 and 2015.