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.