An enriching experience for participants – The Hindu Education Plus Programme Kozhikode

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An enriching experience for participants – The Hindu Education Plus Programme Kozhikode


Experts provided some tips which will come handy while selecting the courses of study.

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Eager audience: At The Hindu-EducationPlus Pre-admission Guidance Programme in Kozhikode.

The talks by experts at the Pre-admission Guidance Programme organised by The Hindu-EducationPlus in Kozhikode on June 9 was an enriching experience for the participants. The programme was conducted in association with the State Bank of Travancore. The Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.) was the co-sponsor. A total of 320 participants attended the programme.

Lulu Mathews, Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Kozhikode spoke about the various things students should keep in mind while selecting the colleges and during the course of study.

•Opt for medical colleges which have well-established hospitals attached to them.

•Find out the last rank admitted to the college last year to know more about the students’ preference for colleges last year.

•During examinations, write the answers in legible handwriting and provide sufficient charts, pictures and so on.

•Do not buy all the books immediately after joining the MBBS course. Wait for sometime and then decide on which books to buy.

•The advantage of government colleges is that the hospitals attached to them attract a large number of patients.

•One should think of specialisation only during the last years of the MBBS course.

•Parents should give all support to their children studying the course.

B.S.Warrier, former joint director, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), spoke about the various courses available in the engineering stream and other streams in medicine.

•While opting for engineering, choose the options well.

•One should have a vision where one should be after a particular period of time, say five or 10 years.

•Develop communication skills. There is a general complaint that students of Kerala lack communication skills.

•The word ‘electronics’ in the name of courses confuses many students. The main stream and the ‘in-thing’ now is electronics and communication. There is also applied electronics and instrumentation, where the focus is on instruments, electrical and electronics engineering, a conventional branch, and electronics and instrumentation engineering.

•Civil engineering has emerged as an important stream of late.

•Biotechnology is research oriented not suitable for those who want a 10 to 5 job.

•B.Sc. nursing has got plenty of opportunities. Ajay Antony, director, T.I.M.E. on soft skills and leadership:

•Communication skills are important for any professional.

•Leadership skills are to be developed. You have to motivate all the members of your team to excel by setting an example.

S.N.Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Entrance Examinations, Thiruvanantha- puram, elaborated on the Centralised Allotment Process (CAP) and online submission of options.

•Online submission of options is a simple process.

•The students should remit the fee, when they get the first allotment. This will ensure the seat for them.

•The list of last rank admitted to various colleges and courses last year is available on the web site,

•If the candidates lose the admit card, they have to approach either the contact person in the Information Guidance and Option Facilitation Centre at the districts or go to the Commissionerate of Entrance Examinations in Thiruvananthapuram, with a demand draft of Rs.100 drawn in favour of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations. The list of the contact persons is given on the web site of the commissionerate.

•It is good to take a print out of the option work sheet and practice how to exercise the options.

•The candidates should not wait for registering of options till the last day.

• The candidates can mix options from different streams while making their selection. It is not compulsory that candidates exercise all the options available.

•No allotment letter will be issued from the Commissionerate of Entrance Examination to the candidates. (The allotment is done online.)

•No equivalency certificate needed for Indian School Certificate (ISC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Vocational Higher Secondary Education (VHSE) students.

•Migration certificate is not needed during the time of admission.