Anxiety as AU Puts Off Engg Counselling

Forced to defer after SC order, since AICTE is yet to take call on all tech institutions

Published: 27th June 2014 07:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th June 2014 07:46 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Anna University has postponed the general counselling of the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) that was scheduled to begin on Friday. Around 2,000 candidates were called for the counselling on day one before it was postponed following a Supreme Court order on Thursday.

The University decided to postpone the counselling till a decision on the new date is made by the TN Engineering Admissions Coordination Committee.

“Around 2,000 students were called for the counselling. Out of this, only around 1,000 were expected to attend since many of the toppers would have chosen medicine during the MBBS/BDS counselling held earlier. All the candidates who were called for counselling on Friday have been informed through an SMS,” said the secretary of the TNEA, Rhymend Uthariaraj.

The Coordination Committee of the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions is likely to meet on Friday to decide on further action and the next date for the counselling.

In a statement,  the TNEA said that the counselling was being postponed  in the context of the SC order giving the AICTE more time to decide on the fate of all the applications from technical institutions pending before it for grant of approval and in view of the court’s opinion that it would not be appropriate to adhere to the present schedule of counselling published by the TNEA.

The university said that a revised date of counselling will be informed shortly. Meanwhile, the uncertainty over the counselling has left  thousands of students and parents who arrived in the city from various parts of the state in the lurch.

As per the norms set under an earlier order of SC the whole process of admission was to be completed by July 30 and the classes were to begin by August 1. As per this schedule, the Anna University had already begun the counselling process this Monday for the Sports and Differently abled quota candidates.

The general counselling, as per the original schedule, was supposed to continue till July 28.


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