CHENNAI: State Higher Education Minister K Ponmudy on Friday said that the engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu will be opened for first-year students by this October end.
"Due to delay in NEET results, the counselling was postponed and the reopening of colleges were delayed,” he said.
Stating that the Tamil Nadu government continues to oppose NEET, Ponmudy said that if the medical entrance exam was scrapped there won't be any delay in opening colleges for first-year students in the future.
With regard to ongoing Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA-2022) and B.Arch enrollment, the minister said the provisional allotment of engineering seats for the students, who participated in the second round of counselling has ended.
Stating that a total of 10,351 students, who participated in the first round had paid the fees and joined the colleges of their choice, Ponmudy said as many as 14,153 students from the second round were allocated seats to join their respective colleges. "The last date to pay the fees was on October 10 for the applicants of the second round,” he said adding that the third and penultimate round will begin from October 13.
The minister also said that the registration for B.Arch admissions was over and the rank list will be released on October 5. Stating that there are 44 colleges, which offer B.Arch courses across the State, the counselling for students will begin on October 8.
Ruling out the reports that Anna University was least preferred by the students, the Higher Education Minister said that all the engineering seats in Anna University have been filled. He said there might be vacant seats in Anna University's department colleges.