The question that is haunting Council of Higher Education is: Will the candidates accept the seats that were allotted to them by the web-based counseling? But `to allot’ and `to fill’ are two different words for the college managements. However, it is the managements of engineering colleges located in the rural areas that are getting frightened over a large number of seats remaining vacant.
Most of the colleges that were given permission this year are located in and around urban centers. But there are scores of colleges which are established in rural areas of the State. It is these colleges that are facing the problem of vacant seats says a member of the Consortium of Engineering College. About 20 per cent of 589 colleges might face this problem according to the Consortium of Engineering College.
Higher education officials say that they would get to know about the number of vacant seats after September 11, which is the last date for the candidates to report at the colleges where they have been allotted seats. After the first and second counseling the `dropout’ vacancies and the vacant seats of the first phase and new engineering colleges and also the seats set aside under sports quota would be filled.
Allotment of engineering seats has been on Sunday and students who had given their mobile numbers would have got an SMS alert on the allotted course and college. Officials said the information would be available on the Official website and students can download the allotment order. The Counseling sources of EAMCET said that out of 1.6 lakh, 1.47 lakh students had registered. Candidates have to log onto the website, enter their hall-ticket number, registration number, date of birth and password after which the allotment order would be displayed. The bank challan for paying the fee can also be downloaded from the website. After paying the fee at any branch of Indian Bank or Andhra Bank in the State, candidates have to report to the allotted college before September 11. Those who have secured seats can also attend the second phase of counseling along with candidates who failed to get a seat in the first phase.