Long wait for PG course counselling

Serpentine queues and endless wait marked postgraduate seat counselling of Bangalore University that got underway on Friday. 

The university had arranged for fee payment in administrative block on Jnanabharathi campus. 

After seat allotment at the counselling venue, students had to go to the administrative block for paying fees. The counselling for faculty of science courses will continue till Saturday. There are 27 subjects the university offers under the faculty of science.

Though parents were happy with the counselling procedure, their grouse was with fee process as it entailed endless wait to pay the fees. K L Chakrasali, whose daughter was seeking admission for Home Science, told Deccan Herald that they stood for nearly four and half hours in the queue. “We went to pay the fee at 11 am and returned only at 3.30 pm,” he said.

Coming from Haveri, his concern was to return home the same day. “Else, I would have to shell out money for overnight accommodation in the City. The fees is Rs 8,000 and the travel cost Rs 2,000.”

The university could open counters at the counselling venue itself for paying fees, Chakrasali said, adding that students could be asked to get the DD while coming for counselling or given two or three days’ time to get the DD from different branches to avoid crowding in one place.

Bharani and her father, in order to dodge the serpentine queue, decided to go to the Nagarabhavi branch and get the challan. 

“To reduce time consumed for the process, the university should set up more counters,” father Govindaraju said, adding they were otherwise happy with the procedures. 

Stating that such hiccups were confined to initial admissions, and things moved faster during the latter half of the day, Vice Chancellor Prof B Thimme Gowda said, “We have 8 counters. In addition, there are counters for Internet banking as well.”

The parents have the option of going to other branches, he said, observing that since counselling is spread across and admissions will be held only for two or three subjects per day, there would be no problems during rest of the period. 

Out of the 3,100 seats available, 1,400 were filled on the first day.

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