Thousands of MBA, MCA seats in private arts and science and engineering colleges may remain unfilled, as there is a sharp dip in the number of applications received for the single window admission counselling for these courses to be held at Government College of Technology, Coimbatore.
Admission to these two PG courses were done based on marks obtained in the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) conducted by Anna University, Chennai.
As many as 16,000 seats in MBA course and 12,300 seats in MCA courses will be filled through the single window system. The last date for submitting the application forms to participate in this counselling ends on Saturday (June 30).
But as of Friday evening, only 7,134 filled-in forms for MBA courses were received by GCT. For MCA course, only 4,641 candidates have submitted their applications. This is way behind the number of application forms received for these courses last year and the number of seats available under the government quota.
Last year, GCT sold 12,590 forms for MBA and 11,345 forms for MCA. The authorities received 11,711 forms for MBA and 11,029 forms for MCA.
But, out of these only 6,986 candidates in MBA and 7,095 candidates in MCA courses participated during the counselling and received the allotment letter.
“This year there is a change in the admission norms for MCA course. Mathematics in Plus Two level has been made mandatory for MCA admission. This could be one of the reasons for the dip,” opined C Meiaraj, Coordinator of Tamil Nadu MBA and MCA Admissions.
“There is a 30 per cent dip in MBA and MCA admissions this year. The reason might be that due to economic slowdown, placement has also gone down,” said C Swaminathan, Vice Chancellor of the Bharathiar University.