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Looking for the NIT advantage

The counselling process for admissions to the National Institutes of Technology has begun. J.S. BABLU presents the broad picture in relation to admissions, with a special emphasis on NIT-C.


The All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) counselling process, which is the gateway for admissions to 40 institutes including 20 NITs, will be held from July 2 to 13. (The off-campus online counselling is already under way from June 16.) NIT-C is the only counselling centre in Kerala.


The National Institute of Technology (NIT) brand is not one that students can ignore. Especially for Kerala students who will not only get access to excellent infrastructure, quality teaching and job opportunities, but also know how their counterparts in different parts of the country think and live.

The All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) counselling process, which is the gateway for admissions to 40 institutes including 20 NITs, will be held from July 2 to 13. (The off-campus online counselling is already under way from June 16.) NIT-C is the only counselling centre in Kerala.

Students of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Kandive and those who have studied abroad and have their passport with permanent address in Kerala are eligible for counselling at NIT-C.

Seats

The National Institute of Technology-Calicut (NIT-C), located at Chathamangalam near Kozhikode, has 570 seats on offer out of which 285 are available for those who have passed their Plus Two in Kerala and Lakshadweep and qualified in the AIEEE. Last year, though 570 seats were sanctioned, the NIT-C only filled up 440 seats (with permission from Ministry of Human Resource Development) due to lack of facilities. But they are filling the full quota this year. So this counselling session, 130 seats are up for grabs. Of these 130 seats, 65 will be available to Kerala students.

Out of the total number of 285 seats for Kerala students, 222 seats are in the open category, including six seats for the open physically handicapped category. A total of 44 seats, including one reserved for an SC physically handicapped student is reserved for the SC category. A total of 19 seats, including one reserved for an ST physically handicapped student will be available for ST category students. The number of seats for students who have passed their Plus Two in Kerala and Lakshadweep and have qualified in the AIEEE in 19 NITs (other than NIT-C) is between 200 and 250. Altogether students across the country will vie for the nearly 12,000 seats in the 40 participating institutes in the counselling process. There will not be any State quota for Keralites in institutes other than NITs. But students can compete with students from all other States for seats in these institutes.

Nearly 15 per cent seats at NIT-C are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC), 7.5 per cent for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 3 per cent for Physically Handicapped (PH).

The branch-wise seats for courses in NIT-C this year would be: Civil Engineering –90 seats (45 seats for Kerala students); Computer Science and Engineering – 90 seats (45 seats for Kerala students); Electronics and Communication Engineering – 90 seats (45 seats for Kerala students); Electrical and Electronics Engineering – 90 seats (45 seats for Kerala students); Mechanical Engineering – 90 seats (45 seats for Kerala students); Production Engineering – 30 seats (15 seats for Kerala students); Chemical Engineering – 60 seats (30 seats for Kerala students) and B.Arch. –30 seats (15 seats for Kerala students).

Last year, all the 353 seats reserved for Kerala students in institutions across the country were allotted when the AIEEE counselling for ranks up to 35,000 was completed.

New courses

NIT-Bhopal has new six undergraduate courses from this academic year. They are B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering (one seat for a Kerala student in the open category), Energy Engineering (no seats for Kerala students), Metallurgy and Material Science Engineering (one seat for a Kerala student in the open category), Production and Industrial Engineering (no seats for Kerala students), Bioinformatics (one seat for a Kerala student in the open category) and a five-year B.Planning (one seat for a Kerala student in the open category).

Students’ preference

Last year, NIT-C attracted better ranking students than the year before that. The closing All India Rank (AIR) when the counselling ended last year on July 7 last year was 14,054 as against 22,482 the year before.

The branch preference of Kerala students who chose to join NIT-C remained almost the same for the last two years.

The students’ first choice was Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE). The second choice was Computer Science Engineering, while Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) was the next in line. Mechanical Engineering was favoured next and almost equal preference was shown for Chemical (the new course at NIT-C started last year) and Production Engineering.

The topper from the State in AIEEE 2006 examinations was the candidate with 55 All India Rank (AIR). This candidate and next three candidates – AIR 61, 94 and 123 – did not appear for counselling at NIT-C. The candidate with AIR 229 attended the counselling and opted for Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) at NIT, Suratkal. Among the candidates from Kerala who joined NIT-C, the topper was the candidate with 280 All India Rank. He opted for ECE at NIT-C.

Most of the students from Kerala first preferred for NITs in the South. They tried for NITs in other parts of the country only after seats in the South were filled up. The least preferred NITs by Kerala students were NIT Patna, Srinagar, Silchar, Jalandar and Jamshedpur last year.

Counselling

After the off-campus online counselling, Phase II of the counselling “On Campus Online Counselling” will be held at NIT-C from July 2 to 13. The candidates must report at NIT, Calicut, at 8 a.m. on the date as per their All India Rank (AIR) and the CCB Counselling schedule (visit www.ccb.nic.in for the schedule). The ‘On Campus On-Line Schedule’ is tentative, the candidates are advised to visit CCB website www.ccb.nic.in on or after June 11 for final schedule.

For further details, procedure and other information on counselling, candidates are advised to visit www.ccb.nic.in or contact 0495-2286118, Dr. Jessy John C., chairperson, UG Admissions, NIT-C said.

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