Chennai: Anna University has announced that applications for engineering (B.E./B.Tech) admissions will be only issued online for the coming academic year. Online registration of applications for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) 2016 is to begin on April 15, according to the Anna University Registrar, S. Ganesan.
A decision was taken at the second co-ordination committee meeting of TNEA held here on Tuesday. In the last few years, applications were issued online as well as in the physical form.
“Last date for registration and receiving the filled in applications are not yet fixed. They can register up to seven days after publication of plus-2 results. After filling the details online, the students have to download the forms and the same should be sent to TNEA with the demand drafts,” Ganesan said.
TNEA conducts single-window counselling for engineering admissions every year. Last year, more than two lakh applications printed for engineering admissions. “For students who may find it difficult to register through online, TNEA Facilitation Centres (TFC) will be operated. Students will get help to register online in these centres. Further details like counselling schedules will be informed later,” he said.
It is learnt around 60 centres will be set up all over the state for helping the students. Students should pay Rs 500 as application fee. They need to take the demand drafts for the same amount and attach it with the filled in applications. For SC/ST students the application fee is Rs 250.
Senior officials from the department of higher education told reporters on Tuesday that online mode will reduce the burden of the students. They also said that MBBS applications are also planning to be issued only through online.
However, officials from the health department denied taking any such decision. “Before taking any decision we need to think of the students hailing from the rural areas in the state,” an official said.