Patna: A total of 1,300 candidates who cleared the combined BEd entrance written test conducted by the Nalanda Open University (NOU) were counselled on Day 1, Friday.
The counselling took place at Bapu Sabhaghar of Samrat Ashoka convention hall and will continue till August 8. The Nalanda Open University (NOU), which declared results of the combined BEd entrance test on July 15, had called students on the basis of their roll numbers.
Friday being the first day of counselling, candidates bearing roll numbers 100001 to 102101 were called in the first session, from 9am to 1pm.
Those bearing roll numbers 102107 to 104635 were called in the second session, from 2pm to 6pm. Those securing 60 or above marks, out of a total of 120 in the general category, were called. For backward caste candidates the cut-off mark is 54 and above while for SC category it is 36 and for ST category 47.
“Around 1,500 candidates were called on the first day of counselling and around 1,300 candidates turned up,” NOU registrar S.P. Sinha said.
“As the NOU administration had asked candidates to bring original matriculation, Intermediate and graduation certificates, those candidates who did not have the original certificates were given time to produce the original documents. However, those candidates who failed to appear in the test will not get another chance for counselling.”
The NOU registrar claimed different tables were set up and sitting arrangements were in place for smooth conduct of the counselling. The NOU administration deployed around 200 teachers and around 100 non-teaching staff for the counselling work.
After counselling, NOU will seek students’ preference for different colleges. On July 30, the university will release a list of institutions where admission can take place. On August 1, the university will ask candidates to give preference for the institutions. Candidates will be allotted seats on the basis of marks and category.
Many female candidates appeared for counselling on the first day. “We are happy with the state government and Raj Bhavan for this combined entrance test and counselling for BEd seats,” Suman Rai said. “The process will bring in transparency in the system.” However, there were others who said that as the counselling is for BEd colleges across the state, the NOU administration should have set up more counselling centres across the state.
Of 82,132 candidates who wrote the examination, around 61,000 candidates were declared successful for the around 33,700 BEd seats in 314 private and government BEd colleges.
Manish Kumar has secured 91 out of 120 marks among male candidates while Monika has secured 90 out of 120 marks among female candidates.
Courtesy: The Telegraph