General counselling for engineering admission to begin on June 21

With the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) general counselling set to begin from June 21, the Anna University is yet to publish the pass percentage statistics of its affiliated institutions for 2011-12 on its website, as directed by the Madras High Court.

The court ordered the university on June 14 to publish the information before the commencement of general counselling. Counselling for sports quota began on June 17.

The order, in response to a petition filed in public interest by D. Bhoobalasamy of Tirupur, was to facilitate students to choose their colleges.

Vice-Chancellor of Anna University M. Rajaram told The Hindu on June 17 that the university would publish the list on receipt of the court order after consultation with its Law Secretary. The lists, under various heads, were ready, he added.

However, the statistics were not available on the website even till Wednesday evening. The Vice-Chancellor could not be contacted on Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to E. Balagurusamy, former vice-chancellor of Anna University and former member of Union Public Service Commission, the university should have published the data on June 17 itself.

“The Vice-Chancellor has the absolute authority to publish the list as per the court order. He need not seek any legal opinion or go to the government. Since the data is ready, its publication should not be delayed,” he said.

Some representatives of engineering colleges said many prospective students and their parents were keen on seeing the list before they attended the general counselling from June 21. This was because the information would bear the stamp of the university and hence be authentic.

R. Rajaram, Director of Sri Eshwar College of Engineering, said students this year were keen on making informed choices and not merely based on hearsay. They, along with parents, were visiting colleges that they had short listed based on their cut-off marks to see for themselves whether all that the college had claimed in its website was true.

“Recently, a boy from Virudhunagar, who had applied for counselling, had come to the college with his father. He went around checking the infrastructure, interacted with the faculty and even went through the placement records,” the college director said.