Students in Tamil Nadu have chosen engineering over medical courses this year, with 28 candidates surrendering their medical seats to opt for engineering, before the start of the second phase of counseling in state medical colleges. The move has brought cheer to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) aspirants who are vying for a limited number of seats in government institutes.
The seat surrender has added to the overall medical seat pool of 19 state government colleges and seven self-financed institutes which have government quota seats. Most of the seats in a majority of colleges in Chennai were filled, with the district colleges having more vacancies. Chennai based Kilpauk Medical College and Stanley Medical College each had two vacancies while there were no vacancies in Madras Medical College. The highest number of 85 vacancies was at the Government Medical College in Tiruvarur, which was followed by 43 in Trichy Government Medical College and 21 at the Medical College in Salem.
According to college officials, around 20 candidates who participate in Phase I of MBBS counseling in the state every year later join engineering courses if they are unable to gain admission into a medical college of their preference. Few candidates switch to engineering as the duration of medical courses is very long. Some candidates opt for engineering if the institute is at a location of their choice, while the medical college might not be located at a convenient location. Few candidates are also deterred by the high fees and allied expenses for medical courses.
Source: The Times of India