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AICTE site glitches upsets engineering colleges

Due to some technical glitches the engineering colleges in Karnataka are facing problems while attempting to upload details to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to get approval for courses and intake of undergraduate engineering students in the academic year 2011-12.

From 2010, AICTE made it mandatory for all technical institutions to submit applications online. Till 2010, institutions used to submit a hard copy of the filled applications.Though this is the second year for online processing of the forms, AICTE's website has been unable to handle the load and 31 March 2011 is the last date for submission of filled applications.

Last year, because of problems faced by AICTE's website, the counselling process of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to allot engineering seats for 2010 got delayed.This problem is indicating that similar problem may be repeat this year.

Although in the brochure itself the counselling dates are mentioned as tentative.With this, not just the counselling process, even the beginning of the academic year might get delayed if problems persist. AICTE is aware of the problem and had extended the last date for submission of applications twice. Earlier, the last date for submission was February 28. It was then extended to 15 March and later to 31 March.

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