TAMIL NADU

Self-financing engg. colleges may not opt out of SWS: VC

CHENNAI Jan. 25 . The Anna University, which conducts the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examinations and coordinates the single window system for engineering admissions, is hopeful that about 80 per cent of the self-financing colleges will continue to participate in the SWS this year also. There may not be any change following the Supreme Court order allowing self-financing institutions to admit students on their own.

At the same time, the university will not allow any college to whittle down eligibility standards if they admit students on their own, the Vice-Chancellor, E. Balagurusamy, has asserted.

Addressing mediapersons here today, he said the number of colleges covered under the unified SWS and counselling would be known after the Government announced its policy on fees to be charged and the number of seats each participating college would "surrender" to the coordinating authority. The Advocate-General was perusing the legal implications of a proposed policy. "There is an overwhelming response from the self-financing colleges to the SWS. We are hopeful that 80 per cent of the colleges, say about 200 institutions, will come... Many colleges are conveying formally and informally their willingness to remain in the SWS. Otherwise, they would have to conduct a separate entrance examination and selection process. From the viewpoint of parents and students also, the SWS continues to be beneficial because they need not go in search of the colleges," said Prof. Balagurusamy. Under the SWS, the colleges could get good candidates. The university would also publicise facilities and infrastructure available in each college. If still some institutions did not wish to participate in the SWS, "we will have nothing to say and we cannot prevent them as per the Supreme Court order".

TNPCEE as scheduled

Reiterating the commitment of the university and the Government to conduct the TNPCEE as scheduled on April 12-13, the Vice-Chancellor said the examinations would be held in over 250 centres in 36 cities/towns. As was done last year, candidates could register for the TNCPEE 2003 for admissions to medicine, agriculture, veterinary and engineering (including B.Arch and B.Tech (Industrial Biotechnology) courses on the Internet, by post and through selected centres at engineering colleges for online registration. The application fee would be Rs. 400 for two subjects and 450 for three subjects.

The registration on Internet and by post would begin on February 24, it was planned. Online registration would be done from March 7 in 60 centres.

Those seeking admission to B.Arch should appear only for the TNPCEE and no separate aptitude test would be held.

Also counselling would be held along with the procedure for admission to other courses. Similarly, candidates seeking admission to B.Tech industrial biotechnology in the Anna University and other colleges should take in the TNCPEE.

Vocational stream candidates would have to appear for the entrance examination, along with academic stream students, for mathematics or biology at all centres.