Professional courses counselling begins today in Puducherry
SERENA JOSEPHINE. M
Engineering counselling is all set to begin today and this year round, private engineering colleges have adhered to 50 per cent reservation of seats, giving some respite to the government.
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More seats: The counselling for admission to engineering and medical courses commenced on July 28.
After much uncertainty regarding seat-sharing basis, the process of counselling for admission to medical courses in the six private medical colleges in Puducherry began last week, with a total of 233 MBBS seats reserved for the government quota. Adhering to 50 per cent reservation of seats, private engineering colleges provided some respite for the government this year, with the counselling scheduled for August 4.
The Union Territory has a total of seven private medical colleges and six private engineering colleges and two government engineering colleges. The two-month long counselling process for students who had applied through the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) started on July 28.
The merit list published by CENTAC for 2008-2009 had a total of 3,924 candidates for engineering courses and 2,616 candidates for medicine. CENTAC officials said the whole counselling process would go on till September 30, including the second and third phase of counselling for the courses.
This year, six out of the seven private medical colleges had allotted 233 seats for the government quota. Last year, a total of 311 medical seats were available in the government quota.
This included 33 seats at Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, 50 seats from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, 55 from Manakula Vinayagar Medical College, 55 from Venkateswara Medical College, and 20 each from Aarupadai Veedu Medical College and Vinayaka Missions Medical College.
Official sources, however, said Sri Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, which was now a deemed university, had agreed to reserve 20 seats. But this would be included only in the second phase of the medical counselling.
“The Adi Dravidar Department has informed that they would provide financial assistance for Schedule Caste students this year. This year, almost all medical seats would be filled,” said officials. Calicut Medical College, Kozhikode, had two medical seats under the Puducherry quota. Apart from MBBS, about 10 seats were available for the Indian System of Medicine in colleges at Warangal, Madurai and Chennai.
Meanwhile, the number of seats available for biology-based courses is as follows: BDS-29, BVSc-30, Mother Theresa Institute of Health Sciences-B.Sc Nursing-80, B. Pharm-60, BPT-14 and MLT-12.
It was indeed a smooth-run for the government to arrive at a seat-sharing agreement with private engineering colleges. All six colleges had agreed to allocate 50 per cent of their seats totalling to 1,725 seats. Last year, 1,530 engineering seats were reserved under the government quota.
The government-run Pondicherry Engineering College had 450 seats and Perunathalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Engineering and Technology at Karaikal has 180 seats.
The number of seats allotted by private engineering colleges were: Sri Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology-180 seats, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College-210, Regency Institute of Technology, Yanam-210, Bharathiar Engineering College, Karaikal-255, Christ College of Engineering and Technology-120 and Manakula Vinayakar Institute of Technology-120 seats.
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