Counselling for admission to seven meritorious schools in Punjab will start on Wednesday.
On the first day, 225 boys and 300 girls will attend the admission session at various places. It will be a weeklong session where 2,100 girls and 1,363 boys will get admission in different meritorious schools.
There are 22 counselling centres in the state for this and the maximum turnout will be witnessed at MSD Public Senior Secondary School, Bathinda, with 322 girls and 211 boys attending the weeklong counselling session.
On the first day at Bathinda, 30 boys and 53 girls will attend the counselling.
This year, Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, Bathinda, has been the most opted centre by students; a large number have opted for counselling at MSD Public Senior Secondary School.
Project director (Meritorious Schools, Punjab) Maj Gen KAS Bhullar (retd) said, "A lot of students having opted for Bathinda may be due to lack of knowledge; maybe they feel if they have got this centre for counselling, they will also get the school. But they may not get the same centre as that of counselling."
"Also, in Bathinda district, there are a large number of government schools, so the number of those opting for the Bathinda centre is high. It does not mean that all those opting for Bathinda belong to the place as these also include those from nearby areas. The total number of students who will attend the counselling session is large, but we assure a transparent and fair counselling session," he said.
The second highest turnout will be seen at Patiala with 208 girls and 158 boys attending a weeklong session. On the first day, there will be 32 boys and 29 girls for the online counselling session at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Patiala.
While the next in demand is Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, Ludhiana, where 129 boys and 144 girls will attend the counselling session at Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Government Senior Secondary School (Girls), Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana. There will be 24 boys and 27 girls for counseling on the first day.
The counselling for girls will go on till June 30, whereas for boys it will be till June 29.