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Dreary twist for Engineering Seats

Dreary twist for Engineering Seats

The first day of the much - awaited engineering admission process witnessed a poor turnout; the attendance rate averaged around 48 per cent. Only 769 of the first 1,600 rank holders turned up to select seats at the counselling process organised by the Karnataka Examinations Authority here on Wednesday.

In fact, out of the top 30 rankers, only seven students attended the session. Empty seats punctuated the hall as many students, slotted for the morning session, chose to give the counselling session a miss. "We were also surprised with the low turnout. The counselling sessions started and ended on schedule. But we hope that successive days will see a better response," a key KEA official said.

Officials also attributed the small numbers to the delay by the All India Council for Technical Education in granting approvals. Many students may have opted for other deemed universities or even admissions through the All India Engineering Entrance Examination.

Popular trends

While Electronics and Communication Engineering emerged as the most sought after branch with 374 students opting for it, core branches such as Civil and Mechanical had only 53 and 80 takers, respectively. ECE was followed by Computer Science Engineering which had 157 students opting for it. As usual, the top three colleges where seats in top branches were all filled on Day One were the R.V. College of Engineering, P.E.S. College of Engineering, B.M.S. College of Engineering and M.S. Ramaiah College of Engineering. Seats in these colleges, particularly in the ECE branch, were filled by the end of the second session.

M.R. Chandrika, an engineering seat aspirant from Mysore said: "I opted for electronics and communication in National College of Engineering in Mysore and I got it." A. Vikram Nag from Bangalore, who got a seat in Information Sciences in MSRIT was ecstatic. "There were some minor problems in the display of general categories list, but process of counselling was well organised," he said.

Dreary twist for Engineering Seats

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