Analysis of the first two rounds of the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission’s online counselling shows that students have been making the right choice when it comes to choosing an engineering college to pursue BE/B.Tech courses.
The premier College of Engineering (CEG), Guindy, a constituent college of the Anna University, remains the most preferred destination of students who have secured a cut-off of 200-190 marks. The Madras Institute of Technology, another constituent institution of the Anna University, and the PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore are the next preferred colleges.
The online counselling method has helped professors understand the pattern of choices both in terms of colleges and courses.
TNEA Selection Secretary V. Rhymend Uthariaraj observed that students had made good choices while selecting courses and colleges. “This means that they would be able to guide other students in making good choices. As many as 75% of the candidates have got a seat in a college/course from among their first three choices made online. It shows students are working hard to get the college of their choice,” he said.
There were many enquiries about the Computer Science and Engineering Course (CSE), leading college heads to believe that it was the most preferred course this year. Though CSE tops the list in CEG, Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) figures among the preferred course in affiliated engineering colleges.
P.S.S. Srinivasan, principal of Knowledge Institute of Technology, says, “ECE offers better scope as students can find placement in several areas unlike CSE.”
Sadagopan Rajkumar, head of biomedical engineering at Rajalakshmi Engineering College, feels: “Students and parents have not compromised on quality. Colleges that offer quality education have experienced faculties, offer better training and placements and more industrial collaborations. It proves that engineering colleges that really perform well in all these domains only will survive,” he says.
This year, the State government opened three new colleges — in Madurai, Tirunelveli and Coimbatore, which alone attracted 34 students in the first round of counselling with 20 of them opting for the CSE course.
However, the Anna University College of Engineering, Tirunelveli, received a lukewarm response with just five students opting for it. “This is because there is a better college nearby,” Mr. Rhymend says.
While only two students opted for the Annamalai University in the first round, in the second round (aggregate marks 190-175), 36 students opted for it. The university joined the TNEA this year for the first time.
Armed with information on vacancy position, opening and closing rank in every branch and the number of seats available in their choice of courses, the students have found it easy to exercise their options.