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ECE, IT, Computer Science courses rule the roost

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Vani Doraisamy

Civil and Mechanical Engineering courses also sought after by engineering aspirants

85,000 candidates competing for 62,500 seats

14 new institutions have been added to list

CHENNAI: He travelled all the way to Chennai from Dindigul and waited patiently for the last two days, but lathe factory owner S. Viswanathan is determined not to go back home without a prized Information Technology seat for his son, whose cut-off marks would probably get him only one of the less preferred branches. “Only an IT or computer science seat will get my son a coveted job. It doesn’t really matter what the college is.”

His case, perhaps, exemplifies the trend in this year’s engineering counselling, which began on July 23. Around 85,000 candidates are competing for some 62,500 seats.

The number of seats is likely to go up as self-financing colleges surrender more seats to the single window pool and more colleges are granted recognition by the AICTE and Anna University. Fourteen new institutions have been added.

With 11 days having gone by, Electronics and Communication Engineering, IT and Computer Science courses are the clear winners, though Civil and Mechanical engineering have done fairly well too.

Intense competition

“The competition has been so intense that even with a cut-off of 189/200 (94.5 per cent), students belonging to OC and BC categories have been unable to get seats in circuit branches in top five government and government-aided colleges, such as the College of Engineering, Guindy; Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet; PSG College of Technology and Government College of Technology, both in Coimbatore, and Thyagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai.

“The Government College of Engineering, Bargur, and Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology, Vellore, were the least preferred,” points out analyst Jayaprakash Gandhi.

Among self-financing colleges, Tier-I institutions have not been languishing for takers, even in less preferred branches.

The SSN College of Engineering, Chennai; Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore; Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur; Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, and St. Joseph Engineering College and Velammal College of Engineering both in Chennai, are clear favourites.

Even a crackdown by the Directorate of Technical Education officials on the Sriperumbudur college and St. Joseph’s College, based on complaints of capitation fee collection, and a warning by the Higher Education Minister that DOTE would write to the AICTE seeking cancellation of recognition to these institutions from next year, has not applied the brakes.

Slack admissions

Courses such as Material Science, Geoinformatics, Electrochemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Petroleum Refining Engineering, Biotechnology, Biomedical engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation and Control Engineering have had slack admissions, even in prestigious Anna University colleges such as CEG and A.C. College of Technology.

The prestigious Central Electro Chemical Engineering Research Institute, Karaikkudi, did not find many takers either for B. Tech in Electrochemical Engineering.

Students’ choice

When it came to a choice between colleges and courses, students have clearly voted in favour of colleges. All the seats under the OC, BC and MBC categories in top government and government-aided colleges and self-financing institutions were filled in the first few days of counselling itself.

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