The Centralised Admissions Committee (CENTAC), which conducts the counselling for engineering and medical courses in Puducherry, has decided to split the counselling process and hold separate counselling sessions for the two streams from 2012 onwards.

Currently, the counselling for both the engineering and biology-based courses is being held under one convenor. According to CENTAC officials, the proposal was made to ensure speedy completion of the counselling process and also for other “administrative purposes.” The decision was taken at the first meeting of committee members for the academic year that was held recently.

The proposal to bifurcate the counselling would have to be sent to and approved by the Territorial Cabinet before it could be implemented.

Meanwhile, the committee has put up a tentative schedule for the counselling for the 2011-2012 academic year on its website, which would follow the same single-counselling procedure like the previous years.

As per the schedule, the issue of application is expected to commence on May 9. The merit list is likely to be released on June 22 whereas the counselling is expected to begin on July 1.