Hyderabad, August 1:-
The Eamcet web-based counselling that began second day on Saturday in 50 centres across the state was plagued by technical glitches.
Students and parents had to spend more than an hour to give their options after logging onto the website and there was a flood of complaints about the given options not getting saved forcing them to start afresh.
Officials attributed it to server problems and hurriedly made arrangements for adding another server to take the load.
The process that is likely to reduce the cumbersome counselling procedure created more problems for students rather than making them comfortable.
Meanwhile, the State Council for Higher Education Council Chairman K C Reddy convened an emergency meeting with officials concerned to review the process on Saturday.
Emerging from the meeting, Reddy said that the counselling would be extended from August 3 to August 25 to ensure that all students got enough time to give options. About 2.7 lakh options were given on the first day.
He said that more helpline centres would be set up to cope with the huge rush of students. He said that seats would be allotted to students on August 30. Though there was no harm in giving priority to top colleges and courses, he advised students to give maximum options.
“The NIC has promised to install additional servers and things would be smooth from Monday,” assured the APSCHE Chairman.
Prof K C Reddy said double payment seats are not being offered this year due to reluctance from colleges. Colleges had been complaining that free seats created were being taken, but double payment seats offered in lieu of them were not being filled causing financial losses to them.