CHENNAI: Thousands of candidates from across the State, arriving in trains, buses and every other mode of transport conceivable, filled up Anna University campus on the opening day of the TNEA counselling.
Armed with travel bags on the one hand and certificates on the other, and accompanied by parents, hopeful faces awaited their turn at the counselling centre. Priyadarshini and her mother Hemalatha had reached Chennai on Sunday night by train from Erode. With not enough money to afford a lodging facility, they spent the night at the waiting room at Chennai Central. Yet, their faces didn’t have a hint of sleep deprivation. “We are tired but it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that my daughter gets a good college,” says Hemalatha.
Another candidate Manoj Prabhakar took a bus from Erode, along with his father Angappan. After reaching Koyambedu bus terminus in the wee hours of Monday, he arrived at the campus in the morning, although his name was to be called up in the last session of the day.
“It is going to be a long day. My counselling session is at 7 pm,” said Prabhakar.
With little rest after a seven-hour journey, the duo looked exhausted but were willing to put up with it, if it meant landing the stream of his choice at his preferred college.