Engineering, pharmacy admission: second allotment delayed

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Thiruvananthapuram: The second allotment list for admission to engineering, architecture and pharmacy courses may not be published on Tuesday as was expected. It is likely to be released on Wednesday, October 20.

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE), Kerala, had earlier announced that it would be published on October 19.

Admission process likely to be extended
The duration of the admission process of the engineering courses may be extended. This was indicated by the officials of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex body.

The closing time for fee payment for the candidates who got admission in the first allotment and to submit the option confirmation for the second allotment was extended until 3 pm on Monday. The first allotment too was published a day later than the already announced date.

Predicament of candidates
AICTE order that the engineering admissions should be wrapped up before October 25 is likely to create headache for not just the students but for the colleges authorities too.

Many students who had secured admissions in the national institutes, including the IITs, are likely to take a call on their choices with the closure of the second allotment. Seats would then become vacant in many government engineering colleges. These seats should ideally go to the candidates who comes next in the rank list. However, deserving candidates may lose these seats if the admission process is closed now.

Worries of self-financing colleges
Meanwhile, the management of the self-financing colleges are worried that the swift admission process may leave thousands of engineering seats vacant in these colleges. The number of vacant seats is likely to go up than last year. If the vacancies that arise after the JEE rank-holders relinquish their allotments are not filled, lots of BTech seats, even in the government colleges, may be wasted. This would lead to a miserable situation as thousands of deserving candidates would be denied admission.

Even the best self-financing colleges would have several vacant seats if a third allotment isn’t allowed. 

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