The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will start the scrutiny process for those who have applied for setting up new technical institutions in the State, which may result in 12,000 additional engineering seats, from Tuesday.

P. Mannar Jawahar, AICTE southern regional chairman, said 50 applications had been received for starting new engineering colleges, apart from 44 others for other institutions.

“Four committees will scrutinise the Form A submitted by these institutions at the College of Engineering, Guindy, campus.

After this scrutiny, Form B will be scrutinised in three to four days' time and then site inspections will be taken up within the next 10 days,” he said. The entire process was likely to be completed by the time counselling for engineering admissions starts on June 28.

Meanwhile, the process of scrutiny of application forms for engineering admissions is progressing, with the information of all those candidates whose forms were received already put up on the website The rank list is scheduled to be published by the end of next week.

V. Rhymend Uthariaraj, secretary, Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions 2010, said counselling would start according to the government-announced schedule.