Phase I of academic counselling for engineering admissions ends on Tuesday in which students scoring 169 or above were given courses of their choice.

While the issue of students submitting fake mark sheets and nativity certificates is being investigated, the phase was marked by a decreased absentee rate with the government's tuition fee waiver scheme for first generation graduate candidates credited for the decrease.

As on Monday, only 18.27 per cent of the 42,586 students called did not attend the counselling compared to 21.45 per cent last year. Seats were allotted to 34,776 candidates, of which 15,820 were first generation graduates.

The Tamil medium courses saw a good response with 185 candidates [including nine under the quota for the physically challenged] choosing the Civil and Mechanical Engineering streams.

In all, 45,006 students have been called in Phase I and 65,411 will be called in Phase II, for whom call letters have been despatched.