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Central counselling preparations reviewed

PREPARATIONS FOR online central counselling for admissions to NITs and IITs was today reviewed at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) by chairman of the Central Counselling Board (CCB) Prof P B Sharma.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 22:35 IST

PREPARATIONS FOR online central counselling for admissions to NITs and IITs was today reviewed at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) by chairman of the Central Counselling Board (CCB) Prof P B Sharma.

For admissions to academic session 2006-07,  counselling is tentatively scheduled between June 28 and July 9, Prof Sharma said while addressing a press conference today. An off-campus online counselling preparatory process would be held between June 19 and 24, he added.

MANIT is one of the 16 online counseling centres of the CCB from where the national-level counselling process for admissions into 20 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and four Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and some other central funded institutions like Delhi College of Engineering (excluding Delhi quota seats) and the NSIT are conducted. More than 11,000 engineering seats are filled up by the counselling process conducted by CCB.

The counselling process is based on the merit in All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) – 2006 that will be held on April 30. About 5.3 lakhs students will be appearing for this entrance examination.

Giving details of the central online counselling that was started in year 2002 by CCB and has been a major success, Prof Sharma said the system is driven by a highly secured IT network maintained by the National Informatics System.

The objective of starting this central counselling system was to save time and money of the students who can participate in the counselling in their home states for admissions to the national institutes. At MANIT, counselling for students of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will be held and basic preparations are already in place.

‘Challenges in technical education’
PROF SHARMA, who has been the vice-chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) here, said the technical education scenario in the country was passing through a transition phase where global pressure for quality teaching and learning had began to grow and institutes were facing acute staff shortage.

He said Government as well as private technical institutes had failed to attract quality faculty, the effect of which has started to tell on quality of education. He said while a long-term solution for attracting talented faculty has to be found through adopting of corporate culture in technical institutes – both private and government, maximum use of technology in the form of distance teaching (through EDUSAT) should be immediately taken up.

MANIT Director Prof K S Pandey who was present at the press conference mentioned that class-to-class transmission of lectures was already being introduced at the institute in keeping with technological changes and demands. MANIT Head of Counselling Board Dr N D Mittal, MANIT member of the Counselling Board of Gayatri Agnihotri and Smriti Netcom director, network manager for counselling, were present at the press conference.