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India News > Engineering admissions' panel reconstituted

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) :

A government panel that oversees admissions to state-run engineering,
pharmacy and architecture courses has been reconstituted and shifted to
the capital to streamline its functioning.

The reconstituted Central Counselling Board (CCB) under the chairmanship
of Delhi College of Engineering principal P.B. Sharma would function
from New Delhi with a new secretariat, an official release said Sunday.

"With the reshuffling of the CCB, a new secretariat for the board has
been established in Delhi College of Engineering and a control room set
up to facilitate day-to-day work," the statement said.

The secretariat was earlier functioning from Allahabad though most of
the work was being done in the capital.

"With the new board having taken charge, we have completed the first
phase of counselling to familiarise prospective students with the
courses," Sharma told IANS.

On the basis of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination, the
board grants admission to colleges under its care.

These include 18 national institutes of technologies, 15 deemed
universities, three Indian institutes of information technology, the
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) at Pilani and Goa, the
Thapar Institute of Technology at Patiala and the Delhi School of
Planning and Architecture.

Of the 46,000 candidates clearing the written examination in 2004, about
26,000 have registered through the online off-campus familiarisation
phase held from June 26-July 3, Sharma said.

"From July 7, we will hold the second phase of counselling on the
courses and colleges. We have fixed 16 centres for students to register
their choice," he added.