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TNPCEE begins today amidst anxiety of traffic snarls

Shastry V Mallady

Coincidence of Chithirai festival and examinations

MADURAI: : Amidst anxiety over traffic diversions for an important local festival, the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examinations (TNPCEE) begins on Saturday with 8,188 candidates taking the State-level entrance test in Madurai for admissions to engineering, medical and agricultural colleges.

With the Chithirai festival events and the entrance examinations coinciding in the temple city on both the days — Saturday and Sunday, the Anna University coordinators who were here to monitor arrangements for the examinations admitted that `they were indeed anxious about the traffic regulations and students reaching the centres in time on both the days'.

There are 16 centres for the TNPCEE in the city of which at least four are located on the direct route of the festival procession and its related events.

"We have visited all the centres and are satisfied with the arrangements. Since the traffic diversions may affect the students they have to start early and reach the examination centre in time. And, no latecomer would be allowed under any circumstance", the AU coordinator for Zone-2, E. Arumugham, told The Hindu here on Friday. He said parents and students must take extra precaution to reach well before the scheduled time of 9.30 a.m. on both the days to avoid tension during the examinations.

2 zones, 16 centres

In Madurai, there are two zones with a total of 16 centres. The zone-1 has 10 centres with 5,337 candidates and the zone-2 has six centres where 2,851 candidates would take the entrance test. According to N. Kempu Chetty, Dean, Agricultural College and Research Institute who is the zone-2 coordinator, the special buses to ply on the two days would reduce the hardships but starting early from home would solve problems, if any, for students. He said the centre coordinators' meeting was held on Thursday where the arrangements were reviewed.

The Zone-1 local coordinator from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, V. Mohan, said more students have applied for engineering admission with 4,720 candidates as against 3,464 for medical college seats. The same trend prevailed in zone-2 also where physics has larger number of applications indicating the rush for engineering seats. On Saturday, the candidates will appear for biology (in the morning) and physical sciences (afternoon). Biology vocational test also will be held in the morning session.

On Sunday, the schedule is mathematics, physics (vocational), chemistry (vocational) and economics (vocational).

The authorities said candidates who were allotted centres such as Meenakshi Women's College, MKU College and Lady Doak College must be the early birds on the two days as the traffic flow will be heavy in that route.

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