The second phase of counselling for medical colleges will begin on August 5 with 356 seats in government medical colleges and 714 seats in private medical colleges across the State.

Under the first round of counselling, 1,823 seats were allotted. Since not all seats were made available then, officials expect the second round of counselling to fill in the remaining vacancies. As per data released by the Directorate of Medical Education, 10 government medical colleges and 10 private ones have seats available.

This year, six government medical colleges got a total of 410 extra seats – 15 per cent of these have been surrendered for the all-India quota, and the rest are available for the second round.

In addition, seven seats that turned empty after students who had been allotted them did not join will also be available.

Madras Medical College, which has 85 extra seats this year, has 73 available for the second round. At Stanley Medical College there are 86 available from the 100 extra seats it got.

Similarly, Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem got 25 extra seats this year, of which 21 are available and Tiruvannamalai Medical College has 85 vacancies in its 100 extra seats.

At private medical colleges, there are a total of 714 empty seats including 65 at the ESIC Medical College, K.K. Nagar.

For dental aspirants, 84 seats are up for grabs at the Government Dental College, while self-financing dental colleges have 937 seats free.

On August 6, counselling will take place for beneficiaries identified under the 50 per cent rule of reservation as per the orders of the Supreme Court in government medical colleges.

The second round of counselling is expected to go on until August 16.

A tentative seat matrix and the counselling schedule are available on www.tnhealth.org and www.tn.gov.in

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