Here's a word of caution for management aspirants preparing for the Common Entrance Test (CET) scheduled on February 25: choose your college seriously!
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has decided to conduct four admission rounds in contrast to just one round till 2006.
So, students will be debarred from the admission process if they get through the first few colleges of their choice — depending on the choice offered by DTE — but don't take admission.
"Moreover, if a student has got admission through any one of the rounds, then he cannot fill preference forms for the next round. This process will ensure that students cannot hold seats anymore and all seats will be occupied," said NB Pasalkar, DTE director. The DTE also wants to discourage the casual approach that students take by randomly ticking preferences.
This means that in the first round, an aspirant will have to fill 15 options of management institutes. If the student gets through to any of the first five college of his choice, he will have to "mandatorily" seek admission in one of the colleges. "If he doesn't, the student will be out of the admission process," said Pasalkar.
However, if he gets into any of the remaining ten colleges, then the student has a choice to seek admission or not. "But for instance, he takes admission into the seventh college, then the student will not be able to participate in the second round," he added.
Similarly, for the second round, aspirants will have to compulsorily seek admission in the first seven colleges out of an option of 20 colleges. In the third round however, aspirants can choose any of the 27 colleges that they have marked.
"The last round is counselling for students who have not got admission in any college. So based on merit and vacant seats, admission will be given," said Pasalkar.
For the convenience of students, DTE will also supply information brochures to 50 post offices in India from January 29 to February 10. While majority of the post offices are in Maharashtra, brochures will also be available in Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Kolkata and Delhi. Aspirants can fill forms online from February 1 to February 10.