Computer science, IT top choices for engineering aspirants in Delhi
SIMPLIFIED Common counselling in four prominent Delhi engineering institutions is proving to be a boon for applicants as they can now opt for their preferred specialisation in one go
Computer science, information technology and electronics and communication engineering are the most popular choices this year for engineering aspirants in Delhi.
This has been reflected in the trends emerging after two rounds of common counselling at four prominent engineering institutions in the Capital – Delhi Technological University (DTU), Indraprastha Institute of Infor mation Technology ( IIIT Delhi), Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT).
In June 2014, for the first time ever, admissions to the BTech programme were conducted through a common counselling process in three of these institutions. Recently NSIT also joined the process.
The common counselling is on the lines of the selection process for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology and the National Institutes of Technology. During counselling, the choices submitted by candidates are processed centrally and seats allotted in the order of merit on the basis of the locked choices.
According t o Professor Rakesh Kumar Singh, member, joint admissions committee for these institutions, “Since 2014, the admission to BE/ BTech programme is being conducted through joint admission coun- selling. Students are required to fill the common application form for admission to the four premier engineering universities/institutions of the Delhi gover nment. The rank l i st for all the four is generated together.” UNIQUE ASPECTS OF 2016 COMMON COUNSELLING “The admission to the BArchitecture programme at IGDTUW was offered in offline mode in 2015. This year, it has been integrated in the joint admission counselling (JAC) portal. The number of courses and the number of seats have been increased in the various participating universities/ institutes. DTU has increased 250 seats in various courses, IGDTUW has increased 60 seats in computer science engineering and IIITD has also increased 70 seats. The total number of seats offered by four participating institutions in 2016 is 3,328, which was 2,928 in 2015 in BE/BTech programmes. The number of seats for BArch in IGDTUW remains 40 in the 2016 counselling. Computer science engineering is the first preference of the students followed by IT based on the round 1 cutoff. The BArch programme of the IGDTUW has also gained popularity with high cut-off in round 1,” says Professor Singh.
The total number of registrations of students seeking admission in the undergraduate courses is also increasing. “Another advantage is that due to common counselling, the total duration of admission process has reduced. This time the counselling process is completing on July 31, 2016, and the session will start with full strength of the students from August 1, 2016,” he says.
Manoj Kumar, vice chairman, BTech admissions, DTU, says, “This t i me, DTU has increased seats in computer engineering from 140 to 360 and in information technology from 90 to 120. But the most popular branch is still computer engineering. For outside Delhi candidates, computer engineering and mechanical engineering are popular. Our branch, mathematics and computing started in 2012 is also gaining popularity because of its curriculum design and good placements.” BOON FOR APPLICANTS The common counselling process, says Professor Singh, has helped the students immensely as a common application form is required to be filled for the four institutions and the admission process is also conducted jointly. “After the implementation of common counselling, prospective candidates now don’t have to deposit the fee separately in the participating institution while waiting for the branch of their choice. The verification of documents is also done once, and if the candidate is upgraded to another participating institution, he/ she is not required to go for document verification again. With the centralised merit list, the admission process has been made smoother. The candidate is required to report to the final allocated institute at the end of the counselling process,” he says. Says Kumar, “Earlier, each institute was conducting its own counselling and the students were applying separately, paying ₹ 1,000 to ₹ 1,200 i n each and blocking seats in multiple institutes. They ended up spending thousands of rupees. Now, with common counselling, a candidate gets his best choice and pays fee only once.”
With the advent of JAC for four participating institutes, each candidate is allotted only one seat. Earlier, candidates used to block various seats in dif f erent institutions in Delhi. Interestingly, no seat has remained vacant during counselling through JAC in 2014 and 2015. The third round of common counselling will be conducted on July 15, 2016. Admission to the participating institution will be based on the All India Rank prepared by CBSE giving 40% weightage (suitably normalised) to Class 12 ( or equivalent other qualifying examination) marks and 60% to the performance in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2016. For admission to BArch, Paper-2 of JEE (Main) 2016 will be considered. For IIITD, there are bonus marks.
For admission t o Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women and Delhi Technological University, no separate merit list is prepared. The provisional seat allotment will be based solely on the all- India Rank ( AIR) of the candidate in the JEE (Main) 2016 exam as given by the Central Board of Secondary Education.
No fresh registrations will be allowed in the third round. An eligible candidate needs to know which specialisation has been allotted to him and whether his seat has been upgraded in this round. If a candidate has already used his option of securing an allotted seat in the first round, he will not be considered for the third round of counselling.
All registered candidates who were not allotted any seats in the first round of seat allotment are eligible for the third round of counselling. Upto10 bonus marks will be given to candidates , if they have been selected for the summer training camp for selection of the final team for an international olympiad.
A candidate who has secured 80% or more marks i n t he aggregate of best of five subjects including physics, chemistry and mathematics and 80% or more in mathematics in the qualifying examination is eligible for the BTech course at IIIT-Delhi. Explaining the process of how common counselling works to screen candidates for admission to engineering colleges in Delhi, Professor Rakesh Kumar Singh, member, Joint Admissions Committee for these institutions, says, “First, JEE (Main) ranks are declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Next, registrations open f or a specific period through which a candidate submits his/her personal and academic details, and preferences among institutions and branches. This is followed by locking of choices/preferences. Later, documents for sub-categories are verified and seats are allocated through a software developed by National Informatics Centre as per candidates’ choices and availability of seats. Candidates then have to report to the allotted institute and admission letters are issued.”
This system also helps deal with complexities in terms of data. Manoj Kumar, vice chairman, BTech admissions, DTU, says, “The seat allotment sys- tem is very complex as merit order is different for the BArch programme at IGDTUW. Also, the allotment system for IIITD is based on JEE (Main) marks only and not JEE (Main) rank. For other institutions, it is based on JEE (Main) rank. It also deals with issues such as different institutions having different eligibility criteria like minimum percentage for different categories and minimum age limit.”
So, how is it different from the common counselling for IITs? The common counselling for IITs is done through JEE (Advanced) rank, whereas the common counselling for JAC is done through JEE (Main) rank.
In the JAC, 85% seats are reserved for candidates passing their Class 12 exams from Delhi and 15% seats are allocated to students outside Delhi.
The IITs follow the reservations policies of the Centre whereas the JAC follows the reservation policy of the Delhi government. The JAC participating institutions are attracting candidates with very high ranks of JEE (Main). “This time, the admission in IITs is being done through JoSAA in six rounds of counselling whereas JAC is completing its counselling in three rounds followed by spot round from July 29 to 31, 2016,” adds Professor Singh.
This time, Delhi Technological University has increased seats in computer engineering from 140 to 360 and in information technology from 90 to 120.
As of now, scores of NMAT by GMAC are accepted by 18 institutes.