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Updated: June 25, 2012 06:22 IST

It is all about making right choice as D-day draws near

Amutha Kannan
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With the D-day drawing near for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) counselling under the unified single window admission system of Anna University, Chennai, prospective students and their parents were given effective pointers to get through it with ease.

P. Narayanasamy, Additional Controller of Examinations, University Departments, Anna University, Chennai, and former TNEA secretary, assured the parents and students that counselling was all about making the right choice without the worry that someone could take away the seat due to them. Everyone had a fair chance to get a seat, he said.

Step by step process

Taking them through a step by step process (see graphics) using slides, he explained the dos and don’ts the candidates and the parent/guardian accompanying them had to remember on the day of counselling, at a session on “How to Face the Anna University Engineering Counselling” at PSG College of Technology here on Sunday. The Hindu was the media partner for the event.

If the candidate had done his homework right about the choice of course and college based on the rank and aggregate mark (cut-off) before the counselling day, he would be able to make the right decision with a clear mind, Mr. Narayanasamy said.

The programme was organised by the Coimbatore chapter of the Computer Society of India.

Rank list on June 30

The random numbers are expected to be released on June 25 and the rank list is expected on June 30.

After counselling for special quota, the general counselling would begin on July 13. So, students had ample time to work out the options before the actual counselling date, he said.

They had the options to choose from: departments of Anna University campuses, university colleges of Anna University, government engineering colleges, aided courses in government-aided engineering colleges, self-supporting courses in government-aided engineering colleges, and seats surrendered by the self-financing engineering colleges.

Merit list was not only based on the percentile of marks in mathematics, physics and chemistry, but also in the fourth optional subject, date of birth and random number assigned.

Any correction after the publication of rank list, which modified the rank, should be sent to the Secretary, TNEA, after receipt of call letter for counselling.

Explaining the general trends in engineering education, R. Rudramoorthy, Principal of PSG College of Technology, said education should be seen as a process of differentiating between the right and the wrong and not as a means to make money.

Entrepreneurship was one option vis-a-vis getting a good job.

“It is a positive sign that parents are willing to invest in higher education. Students should appreciate this and should also give back to parents and society at large on completion of their education,” he said.

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