While private engineering colleges in the city are struggling to fill their seats, some of the popular colleges have managed to fill over 60% of them so far.
As reported, colleges in tier-1 cities have not filled their seats in the first round of counselling this year while admission was slow for colleges in tier-2 cities like Trichy. Meanwhile, government colleges continue to attract admissions irrespective of the trend. Government college of engineering at Srirangam has filled 94.85% of its seats. This was followed by University College of Engineering, Bharathidasan Institute of Technology (BIT) campus which filled 85% seats. Among the private colleges, Saranathan College of Engineering managed to fill 65.12% seats followed by K Ramakrishnan College of Engineering at Samayapuram .While none of the other colleges filled seats over 60%, they hope the fourth and final round will make up for it. D Valavan, principal of Saranathan College of Engineering, said that unlike in previous years, the state board cut-off marks were less than those of CBSE students this year.
Less than 10,000 students who had a cut-off of over 178 marks had applied for counselling, but 3,000 of them didn’t turn up. This was why colleges in tier -1 cities could not fill the seats in the first round. Maluk Mohamed, director and correspondent, MAM College of Engineering and Technology, said there was no change in the scenario from last year in terms of patronage for engineering seats except for the priority of the courses as computer science and information technology seats are dearer this year than other streams.
While some colleges felt that the online counselling process was tedious, affecting admissions, Maluk said that the state has adopted a system in practice for admissions to IITs and NITs. Here, candidates had the option of doing their homework prior to the counselling and getting their chosen seats in desired college for their cut off marks, he said. Many private colleges in tier–2 cities which are struggling to fill seats are found to be admitting students through management quota over and above the allotted seats. They say that filling vacant seats after the counselling process is over is difficult as most of the students get settled in some college or the other.