30,000 seats added
The officials expected less than 10,000 seats to be added this year, but to their shock, nearly 30,000 more seats were sanctioned by the AICTE giving permission to new colleges as well as increasing the intake in the existing institutions.
Officials say the process of giving affiliations to the new colleges and inspection of infrastructure in the existing colleges will take a longer time than expected and that will force them to shift Eamcet counselling to August. But they are not sure whether even that deadline will be sufficient as the government is yet to decide on the convener and management quota as well as the fee structure for this year.
Moreover, there is no clarity on the dynamics involved in the web counselling process. Though the officials say the web counselling will stay, they are not sure whether to conduct the verification of certificates much before the web counselling, as planned earlier, or along with the counselling process.
In fact, officials are yet to go on record on web counselling and whether they plan to infuse some changes to make the process easier for the rural students. Students and parents are demanding that mock web counselling be allowed for them to have a feel of the process so that they will have more faith in the system and allotment process.
Officials feel there are no issues with Ed.CET counselling and that can be cleared smoothly.
The infrastructure is ready and pressure of B.Ed. counselling is not as much as engineering and medical counselling.
EAMCET, ICET Counselling probably in August