Amutha Kannan

COIMBATORE: With the Common Entrance Test getting scrapped and more students aspiring for medicine and engineering, one would have thought agriculture-related courses would not have takers.

But the five-day counselling for undergraduate courses, which got over at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University here, tells a different story.

“The demand this year has been very good, compared with the last few years. Nearly 3,500 candidates have applied for an undergraduate degree (12 disciplines). The university short-listed 1,374 candidates based on the cut-off marks in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the Plus Two examinations. The highest was 197 out of 200,” says K. Vanangamudi, Dean (Agriculture).

Those with cut-off marks of 197-180.75 were called for the counselling on the first day.

With such a high cut-off, candidates could have easily gone for medicine, but it is refreshing to see them opt for agriculture courses, both B.Sc. and B. Tech, says Dr. Vanangamudi.

The university plans to admit 1,084 students. In the first phase of counselling, nearly 870 candidates were admitted to the course and college (constituent college of the TNAU) of their choice.

“A single window system was followed for admission. Students were given a free hand to select the course and college. Those who have selected the course and wish to drop out can do so by July 5. The male-female ratio is 40-60,”says the Dean.

The main reason is the high demand for the courses and the competency of the university. The other is scrapping of the entrance test, he says.