Chennai: Reservation in government jobs and the campus of the prestigious College of Engineering, Guindy are attracting students towards BE Tamil medium courses.
As many as 22 students had chosen engineering courses in Tamil by the end of the fourth day of the engineering counselling on Thursday. Students with cut-off marks as high as 193.75 have chosen Tamil medium courses in Anna University.
P. Akil from Kizhnemmakottai village in Pudukottai district scored 1,127 out of 1,200 in his plus two exams and his cut-off marks are 193.25. He is the first graduate from his family. His father S.Pasupathi is working as a casual labourer in a mill.
“It is my dream to study at Anna University since my eighth standard. I did not have any other options when I was attending the counselling. By the time I entered the hall, all the seats in the English medium were taken. So, I chose the Tamil medium civil engineering course,” he said.
He still had many doubts like whether the books and material will be available in Tamil and in what language the exam will be conducted for Tamil medium students.
J.R. Jose Monford from Nagercoil chose B.E. mechanical (Tamil) in Anna University’s CEG campus.
“I want to study aeronautical engineering in MIT campus. But all the seats were taken the previous day. Only Tamil mediums seats were available. So, I chose it,” he said.
He also said there was not much difference between the English and Tamil medium courses. He got 193.75 cut-off marks. His father Jesu Sekar Raja is an accountant in Nagercoil.
S.Balakumaran, who finished B.E. civil engineering (Tamil) in 2015, got selected as an assistant engineer in the Highways department. He said the 20% reservation for Tamil medium students in government jobs had helped him to get the job.
“Out of 60 students, 11 had got selected in my batch for the Highways department,” he said. P. Narayanasamy, Dean, College of Engineering, Guindy said the study material for the students was available in Tamil.
In the semester exams, students will be given options to write either in English or Tamil....