Three candidates opt for engineering over medicine

Three candidates, who got medical seats, have surrendered them in favour of engineering in the first round of the online counselling by the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission. The students have chosen the PSG, the MIT and the SSN College of Engineering.

Of the 7,136 candidates who had been tentatively allotted seats, only 6,768 had been provisionally allocated seats.

“We asked 14 students why they had not responded. Nine of them said they had joined agriculture and the rest said they were not interested,” said TNEA selection committee secretary Rhymend Uthariaraj.

“As a result, 400 students got an upward movement.”

Mr. Uthariaraj said 600 candidates in the 200-190 cut-off range had matching scores for medical seats. But by delaying the counselling, the Anna University had managed to save 300 seats from going vacant.

A total of 101 seats under the management category in self-financing medical colleges were allotted on Monday as against 432 seats available in the State. Of the 2,607 candidates who were called, only 422 attended the counselling and 321 were wait listed.

Counselling for CMC

Counselling for the rest of the seats would be done on Tuesday. After 2 p.m., counselling would be held for the management category seats in the Christian Medical College, Vellore. An aspirant under the minority category in the college said the easier part was clearing NEET, which is the qualifier for admission to the CMC from this year. “I have a church sponsorship but the competition is tough. From this year the admission is only through NEET but I am hopeful,” said the student who had scored over 470.

On the reason for choosing the CMC, he said, “Competition is tough in Kerala for government colleges. The minimum cut off there is over 600.” All open category seats in the CMC were filled. In the PSG Medical College, 30 seats had been filled. The fee structure in the CMC is lower than in the other self-financing colleges.

Bank puts up stall

The Indian Bank had put up a stall at the counselling venue. Officials said students could avail themselves of loan of up to Rs. 7.5 lakh without collateral and up to a maximum of Rs. 15 lakh with collateral. The annual fee under the management category in a college could be upward of Rs. 12 lakh, according to officials.

The remaining seats would be filled in the next round to be held by the end of this week, said selection committee secretary G. Selvarajan. “It is not the second round but extension of the first round. We had called candidates with higher marks and knew that seats could fall vacant,” he added.

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