Last year, approximately 80,000 engineering seats remained vacant in the state of Tamil Nadu and this year too, the state is all set to witness a similar trend. Over a lakh engineering seats are likely to remain unfilled at the end of the single window Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) counselling for the session 2014-15. The private college associations alleged that the counselling system was favorable only to about 100 elite institutions while the other 450 colleges suffered.
Anna University was responsible for conducting the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission for the academic year 2014-15 to fill up approximately 2.1 lakh government quota seats in several engineering colleges across the state. Till Friday, 69,595 seats were filled up during the counselling process, thus leaving at least 1, 34,250 seats vacant. Interestingly, out of the total of 99,735 candidates called for counseling, 29,851 candidates did not attend.
With only a week left for the completion of the entire process and 60,000 students still remaining to be called, another 30, 00 0 seats are likely to be filled up. Also, the number of students who abstain is likely to shoot is the latter half of the counselling as seats in leading colleges would be filled.
Sources reveal that about 1.1 lakh engineering seats are likely to fall vacant at the end of this year. This year, TNEA also witnessed a decline of around 10 per cent in the number of applicants. “There is a dip in the number of students taking to the TNEA. We do not know the reason for the decline”, said a TNEA official.
TD Eswaramoorthy, Joint Secretary of the Association of Management of Coimbatore Anna University Affiliated College said that the trend is becoming a major issue for the survival of engineering institutions in the state. He also raised questions on the necessity of a single window counselling system of admission.
However, according to E Balaguruswamy, former Vice Chancellor of Anna University, the counseling process gives students the opportunity to opt for the colleges of their choice. Students not favoring certain institutions can be attributed to their poor standards.