City-based NGO, Friends Union for Energising Lives (FUEL), has launched a project ‘Cut-off Helpline’ for engineering aspirants (standard XII students) to help them find colleges where they are eligible for admission through the centralised admission process.
The helpline, which is meant for all the students in Maharashtra, helps them to procure admission in their dream colleges based on the marks in the forthcoming entrance tests.
To secure admissions in professional courses like engineering, exams like Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) or All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) are conducted after board exams.
After the marks of the entrance tests are declared, students have to apply for admission to these courses through the centralised admission processes.
Founder chairman of FUEL, Ketan Deshpande, said, “To claim admission through the centralised process, students have to specify up to 30 colleges of their choice in the option form. The computer-aided system allots them one college out of these preferences, but only if the student has secured more marks than the cut-off marks of that college.”
However, the cut-off marks of colleges are not openly available, complained Deshpande. “Students have no idea as to which colleges they can be sure of getting an admission to and apply randomly based on their perception. Many students lose out on good colleges and land up in colleges that are not their first choice.”
Keeping this in mind, Deshpande said they have developed the cut-off software to help students identify which colleges will suit them best and accordingly fill the option form.
“Using the software tool, students can be reasonably assured of which colleges they stand a chance of getting through. The student has to enter the marks and other details and retrieve a printout of all the colleges. The helpline can be accessed without having an email ID, which is a special feature keeping the rural students in mind. It provides cut-off marks of last three years and minute details of engineering colleges of Maharashtra,” said Deshpande. To know more, log onto www.fuelhelpline.org.