A day after the release of Plus-Two results by School Education Department, all eyes now have fallen on the admission procedure of the Anna University and Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University.
Having NEET being the only gateway to get seats in the medical colleges in the State, the students are eagerly waiting for the results of the national medical entrance. While the engineering admission for this year has a couple of weeks left for its commencement of certificate verification.
Ever since NEET was brought up as a mandatory test to join medicine courses across the country, it became a little difficult process for the students of State boards to attain that. Last year, only three per cent of the entire seats in medical colleges across the State were acquired by the students from State board background. While the colleges were filled predominantly by students from CBSE curriculum.
On the other hand, the Anna University’s applications have been moving at a high pace. Until the year 2016, there was a little dip in the application sale of Tamilnadu Engineering Admission (TNEA). But, during TNEA 2017, the number of students who opted for engineering increased to about 2 lakh from 1.5 lakh margin of TNEA 2016. It was said that NEET was the main reason for this.
“Until the existence of the single window admission process of Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University through Plus-Two cut-off mark based counselling, the candidature for medical admission was high in the State. But, when NEET was introduced, students started to opt for first group – Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry (MBPC) in Plus-Two just in order to apply for both engineering and medical admissions,” said P Velusamy, an academician from the city.
According to him, the number of students who opted for second group – Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology (PCBZ) has gone down to about 40 per cent in the academic year 2016-17, when compared to 2015-16.
“Before that, students who wanted to go for engineering would choose first group – Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science (MPCC) in HSC while, medical aspirants would go for PCBZ. There were only a few who were opting for MBPC then,” he added.
According to a statistics provided by academicians, the government can soon refrain either the MBPC or PCBZ group, in order to streamline the process of admission.
This year, as of now, there have been around 1.75 lakh applications received for the TNEA. It is said that this might go up in this week as the HSC results are out.
“Already NEET’s cut-off is expected to go down due to the complication in Physics paper. So, the number of students applying for engineering admission this year would probably be 40 to 50 per cent higher than previous years. There are about 7 lakh vacancies for engineering in the State and so occupying 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh students would not be a great hurdle for TNEA. But, there could possibly be a drop in the quality of engineers coming out after four years as well,” said S Muthukumaraswamy, a Chennai-based educationist.