TAMIL NADU

Govt. taking steps to get nod for Tiruchi, Tuticorin colleges

CHENNAI JUNE 26. Counselling for admissions to the K.A.P. Viswanatham Medical College, Tiruchi, and the Tuticorin Medical College is likely be held in July after Medical Council of India recognition is obtained for the institutions, the Minister for Health, N. Thalavai Sundaram, said today.

``The Government is taking all efforts to get recognition for these colleges''.

A second phase of counselling would be held after July 15 for admissions there, besides for state quota seats in the IRT Perundurai Medical College, the self-financing PSG Medical College, Coimbatore, and the Vinayaka Mission Medical College, Salem.

The recently-approved Meenakshi Ammal Medical College at Kancheepuram and any additional seats the MCI might approve were also likely to figure in the next phase.

(The government proposal to add 350 seats in state-run medical colleges is pending clearance with the Centre.) Mr. Sundaram was handing over allotment orders to the first five rank holders at the inaugural medical counselling session here.

The current session is being held for 841 of the total State quota of 1,097 seats, while the sanctioned strength in government colleges in Tamil Nadu, including the all-India quota, is 1,255. Fiftysix seats in the special category are not included pending a court case.

`Why split sessions?'

Meanwhile, the decision to split the counselling session has drawn criticism from a section of parents, which fears that the wards will have fewer and poorer options.

``For instance, the State is conducting counselling only for about 250 of the 320 seats in the backward class category. Had counselling been held in one session, the left-out candidates would have been included and they could have picked colleges of their choice. Now, they have to now wait for the second phase by when, lower-ranking students from categories below them would have selected the prime colleges, leaving these left-out candidates with second-grade options,'' complained a parent calling from Dindigul.

``The Government should have ensured recognition for the Tiruchi and Tuticorin colleges earlier. Why should our wards suffer for delay or negligence?'' he asked.

In today's session, the top ranker in the merit list, R. Balaji of Chennai, as also three others in the top five, opted for the Madras Medical College. The third rank holder, U. Sri Dhurga of Sattur, however, chose the Madurai Medical College.

Dental admissions

Officials of the Directorate of Medical Education said an announcement would soon be made on counselling for admissions to dental and para-medical courses. The Government was awaiting permission for an additional intake of 100 students in the Government Dental College in Chennai.

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