Last week, my cousin had her engineering admission counselling and I went with her. Though I don’t remember much about my counselling (Thinking about the fact that it happened six long years back makes me feel old. 😛 ), all I can tell you is it was well-organized. This year too, it was very well-organized. In fact, I would say that in the recent times, I don’t remember seeing anything that was as well-organized as this.
Clear instructions were given to the candidates at each point of time and any questions that the candidates/those accompanying the candidates had, were answered patiently. And surprises of surprises, the counselling started before time! They had given clear instructions in the counselling call letter that the candidates have to be there at the venue (Anna University) an hour before the scheduled time. The candidates were asked to enter the counselling hall some 45 minutes before the scheduled time and after giving all the necessary instructions, the counselling started 20 minutes before the scheduled time! Being someone who always ends up waiting everywhere, I felt so happy that for once, something started before time! 😉
While all the candidates and those accompanying them listened to all the instructions with full attention, yet nobody seemed to care about one particular instruction – switch off your mobile phones. These days, irrespective of the place where this instruction is given or who says it, this has to be the one instruction that not many follow. Despite the announcement, a lot of them were busy talking on their mobiles or letting their mobiles ring loudly, while waiting for their turn for counselling to arrive. I wish they had at least put their mobiles on silent mode.
The only thing that I wish had been there was air-conditioned rooms for the candidates to wait (only the final counselling hall had a/c). It was too hot and sultry! Besides, two years of working in a fully air-conditioned place has got me spoilt. 😛