Chennai: Confusion over Neet results and the delay in deciding MBBS admission schedule may prompt the postponement of engineering counselling scheduled to start on June 27.
The Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions Committee has received 1.4 lakh applications for the engineering counselling. TNEA will generate the random number for applicants on Tuesday (June 20) and release rank list on Thursday (June 22).
Neet results are expected on June 26. So far, applications for MBBS and BDS courses have not been issued. The delay in issuing MBBS applications has caused confusion among TNEA authorities as they cannot finalise engineering counselling schedule without knowing the MBBS counselling details.
Sources said higher education secretary Sunil Paliwal has held several rounds of discussions with officials with regards to the counselling schedule.
“TNEA committee has no choice but to postpone counselling as there would be many vacancies if it is held before MBBS counselling. These engineering seats cannot be filled and will fall vacant,” a professor said.
Usually, engineering counselling commences after the first phase of MBBS first phase counselling is over. “By conducting engineering counselling after medical counselling, the university prevents engineering seats in top colleges like College of Engineering, Guindy, from going vacant,” he said.
“Many students admitted to CEG and other colleges quit courses in the second year if they get MBBS seat in any of the government medical colleges. So, we don’t have to say much about the current year students,” he added.