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108 Students prefer Engineering Courses in Tamil Medium


108 Students prefer Engineering Courses in Tamil Medium

"All engineering students can choose to write exams in Tamil or bilingually (English and Tamil)"

With 99 students who scored more than 90 per cent in the cut - off marks opting for Tamil medium engineering courses in the academic counselling, the government will consider extending it to other branches "step by step," Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy has said.

The government had been approached by many self - financing colleges wanting to start Tamil medium courses but this would have to wait for approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), he said.

All engineering students could choose to write their examinations in Tamil or bilingually (English and Tamil), the Minister said. The government would study the response of Tamil medium students this year before coming out with similar courses in other branches from next year.

In all 108 students have taken up Tamil medium courses, including nine under the physically handicapped quota.

Of 93 students who have chosen Tamil medium courses (in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering streams) in academic counselling at the College of Engineering, Guindy, 26 (nearly 25 per cent) had studied in the English medium in Plus Two.

Mr. Ponmudy said the demand for the seats indicated that all the 1,380 available seats in the two streams would be filled by those who had scored 75 per cent or more in the cut - off marks.

V. Rhymend Uthariaraj, secretary, Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions 2010, said three students had chosen Anna University - Tiruchi, one had chosen the Ariyalur campus and two had chosen the Villupuram campus. Apart from these students, nine had chosen Tamil medium courses under the physically handicapped quota.

Tuition waiver scheme

The State's tuition waiver scheme for first generation graduates had received a good response, the Minister said, with 9,205 of the 22,384 candidates who had been allotted seats availing of the scheme.

The scheme had also helped check the drop of absentees this year, with only 16.72 per cent of those called for counselling not attending it, he said.

108 Students prefer Engineering Courses in Tamil Medium

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