30,000 Engineering Seats to Remain Vacant

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30,000 Engineering Seats to Remain Vacant

Supplementary counselling for admission to engineering colleges under Anna University will commence on 12th August, 2011, a day after completion of the ongoing counselling sessions. The general Engineering counselling will come to an end on 11th August, 2011, said Anna University Vice – Chancellor Mannar Jawahar.

He was delivering the valedictory address at the IT enabled soft skill enhancement training programme for master trainers organised by the Centre for Anna University – Industry Collaboration held at P.S.N.A. College of Engineering and Technology near here on 30th July, 2011.

Classes for first year engineering students will commence on 10th August, 2011. Of the total 2.2 lakhs seats in 503 engineering colleges, 1.47 lakh seats were being filled through engineering counselling. A total of 55,000 seats had been filled at the end of 22nd day of counselling.

Still, 92,000 seats were vacant. Even after completion of general counselling, 30,000 seats would remain vacant, he said. Around 25 to 30 per cent of students did not take part in the engineering counselling.

To fill these seats, the Anna University will conduct a supplementary engineering counselling session. Those who did not apply for general engineering counselling may apply for supplementary counselling session. Those who failed up to three subjects in plus 2 exams this year and passed in supplementary exam too may apply, he added.

Hot course

Much sought after course of this year was electronic and communication engineering followed by Computer Science and Mechanical engineering. A total of 46,000 seats were available for ECE. Many seats for Information Technology course were lying vacant in several colleges. But software companies were needed more hands as it recovered from recession.


To a question on merger of all Anna Universities, the vice – chancellor said the government would announce its decision in the assembly that will commence on 2nd August, 2011.

All first year students would know before commencement of classes.

Explaining the training programme, he said training to faculty members would help them enhance students’ employability in IT sector. The Centre has been conducting similar training programmes in 40 colleges free of cost with an aim of covering 5,000 faculty members in engineering colleges.

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