Amid confusion over the delay in declaration of results and issuing of certificates, Anna University has declared that the M. Tech counselling for nearly 12,000 seats will begin on August 25. This year, 20, 000 candidates have applied for the M. Tech programmes, at least 6,000 more than last year. The university is offering 20 specialisations in civil engineering, 34 in mechanical, 28 in Information and Communication.

There are 20 courses being offered by the Faculty of Technology and six by the School of Architecture that include specialisations in  real estate, digital architecture, landscape and environment architecture. This year, there are a 2,000 more seats for M. Tech programmes , said Rhymend Uthariaraj in-charge of the single window counselling for TANCA (Tamil Nadu Common Admissions) 2012.The increase in number of candidates is also because of more research- oriented jobs available in the market now, said Mr. Uthariaraj. Those who have passed all the subjects in the recognised Bachelor’s degree or equivalent field and  obtained at least 50 per cent (45 per cent in the case of candidates belonging to reserved categories) in the qualifying degree examination with TANCET 2012 score  or valid GATE scores are eligible to apply for the M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch. / M.Plan. degree programmes.

The counselling schedule and the format containing details have been published on the website of Anna University and will be updated frequently, said officials. The counselling for candidates who have their GATE scores will be on August 25. The next day will be for students with physical disability and then we will have the phase one admission for students with non-Gate scores on August 31. “We have split the counselling into two parts and we might extend it by another two days if there are vacancies, Mr. Uthiariaraj said.

Though some candidates have complained the rank enquiry webpage is not working, Anna University officials said, the website is up and running. Candidates are advised to check the TANCET College wise Seats Allotment for GATE and Non GATE Candidates, said officials. Eligible candidates may appear for counselling according to their cut-off mark, two hours before the counselling session, irrespective of receipt of individual communication. Candidates who do not attend the counselling may have to forego the claim of admission.  

Owing to administrative problems and the alleged leak of one paper, the results of final-year students with arrears have been delayed. “We have asked them to apply based on their TANCET and GATE scores. Results will anyway be out by August 25. If a candidate is found to have arrears at the time of his counselling, he will not be eligible,” Mr. Uthiariaraj said.

The students had to apply for M. Tech before July 30.  Selecting an average course in a better college is superior than selecting a better course in an average college, says R. Balakrishnan, a senior professor. “It is better to look at how a particular department of the college is and whether it will give you the necessary research  ambience.” Have at least three choices based on your rank, he adds

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