Health minister C Vijayabaskar said Undergraduate medical courses Counselling including choice selection and seat allotment, in the state will go online from the 2019-20 academic year.
The state will also get 300 more medical seats this year as the Centre has permitted Madha Medical College and Annapoorna Medical College to resume admissions after nearly three years. The two institutions will admit 150 students each, taking the number of additional MBBS seats in the state to 800 more compared to 2018. In 2019, Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University will have 24 government colleges and 16 self-financing colleges offering 3,400 seats, including 2,250 seats in government colleges. “That’s the largest in any state,” said the minister.
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With regard to counselling, aspirants need not visit Chennai from different parts of the state. The state selection committee will allot students state quota seats in government and self-financing medical colleges based on their choice according to the scores secured in NEET 2019 and the 69% rule of reservation. “As this is the first year, we have made all the arrangements for online counselling at centres in all districts where students can visit and file applications and lock colleges of their choice,” Vijayabaskar said. All government medical colleges and DOTE centres will be open to students for this, he said The department is now testing a software, he said. Earlier this year, the state government had made applications for postgraduate graduate courses available online. “We did not do the counselling online because admission for PG (post graduate) seats is more complex. It has different courses and colleges,” said directorate of medical education Dr A Edwin Joe.
“In the UG programme students will have to select only colleges of their choice,” he said. The online counselling is already being done by the Delhibased directorate general of health services for admission of students across the country in government medical colleges, central government institutions and in deemed universities. All states surrender 15% of their seats in government colleges for admission under the all India quota. Students from across the country compete for these seats and admission is done based on merit as per the NEET score as per the Supreme Court judgment.
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