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100 more, but 100 less MBBS seats this year

Approval for Tuticorin college withheld

K. Ramachandran and Ramya Kannan

K. Ramachandran and

Ramya Kannan

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has 100 more MBBS seats this academic year. But it also has 100 seats less.

The Medical Council of India has granted recognition to the State Government's new medical college at Vellore with an intake of 100 seats, bringing cheer to aspirants in an otherwise tough year for admissions to professional courses.

Hence, despite the opening of a new college, the seat matrix under the single window admissions will remain the same at 1,246.

Official sources said the Government was trying to regain the 100 seats of the Thoothukudi college, started in 2000.

Authorities here say that they are expecting an inspection by the MCI team so that the Council could review its decision this year.

The single window pool for engineering courses may also be smallerthis year compared to 2004.

About 40,000 government quota seats were available last year as many private colleges surrendered over 50 per cent of their sanctioned seats to the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions authorities. This time it might not be more than 35,000, as colleges have retained all the management quota seats. The last date for colleges to surrender seats was June 24.

The AICTE had reduced the intake for some colleges, which have appealed to the council for a review of the decision.

Enquiries with colleges across the State show that they have retained their quota as there is a surge in demand for B.E/B. Tech courses.

One main factor is the upswing in campus recruitment for the electronics, the computer sciences and the IT branches.

Notification awaited

Students await a government notification releasing the rank list for medical and engineering courses.

With the Supreme Court directing the Government to go ahead with the professional courses admissions, the next move would be the release of the rank lists. Anna University awaits the Government's go ahead.

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