More Engineering Seats under Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC)

Students aspiring to study engineering have reason to cheer as more number of seats in self financing colleges would be available to students through Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC).

The number of engineering seats under Centac (including two government colleges) this year has gone up to 1,705 from last year’s 1,539. This is expected to go up further with another two new self financing colleges are all set to start this year and some existing colleges in the process of increasing their seats.

If the AICTE and university approvals come through, there would be another 360 additional seats this year, under Centac, taking the total to 2,065 seats. At present, there are five self financing colleges with 2,340 seats. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College has 552 seats, Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Technology 480, Bharathiar College of Engineering, Karaikal 528, Regency Institute of Technology (RIT) 540, Yanam and Christ College of Engineering and Technology, Moolakulam 240.

Manakula Vinayagar College of Technology (240 seats) and RVS engineering college (240), Karaikal, are also are awaiting approval. Christ College of Engineering and Technology is awaiting the AICTE approval for increasing 120 seats in the current year.

Since the seat sharing talks with the managements of self financing college on Monday concluding positively with the colleges agreeing to surrender 50 per cent seats to the government pool as last year, it would mean that 1,170 seats are available now from five self financing colleges.

In addition, another 240 seats from the two new colleges and 120 seats from the enhanced capacity in some disciplines would mean 360 additional seats. This would take the total seats in self financing colleges to 1,530.

With 535 seats in the two government colleges, including 382 seats in Punducherry Engineering College and 153 seats in Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Technology (PKIT) for the students of the Union Territory, the total engineering seats would well be up to 2,065.

While this would make students happy, they would have to consider the fact that the financial scheme through which tuition fees is borne by the government would not be available for the students of current academic year.

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