Private colleges attract TNEA toppers with free places – The New Indian Express


Express press service

CHENNAI: K Preethi*, who scored 186 out of 200 in Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA), has received offers from three private engineering colleges for free admission to their universities. The colleges promised to cover his tuition and accommodation costs.

Perplexed by the opportunities, Preethi’s single mother wants her to get admission into one of these colleges, as she has already secured a place at MIT College at Anna University. Preethi’s mother works in a private company for a meager salary and arranging the fees for Anna University (a government college) will be a herculean task for her. She therefore lets herself be seduced by the offers of these private engineering schools.

“Previously, only a few colleges used such marketing techniques to attract students, but this year more than two dozen colleges are offering free places,” said career consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi. “This decision will help private engineering schools improve their reputation. If students scoring 180 and above join these colleges, the threshold for these colleges will automatically increase next year,” Gandhi added.

Professors at private colleges said the move would also improve college rankings. However, Anna University faculty advised students not to fall into such traps. “For poor students, who cannot afford the annual fees, there are many scholarship and stipend programs available at the university,” a faculty member said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education on Thursday issued an order to convert 27 constituent colleges from public universities to government colleges of arts and sciences. With this order, the 2018 decision to convert 41 constituent colleges into government colleges of arts and sciences is complete.

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CHENNAI: K Preethi*, who scored 186 out of 200 in Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA), has received offers from three private engineering colleges for free admission to their universities. The colleges promised to cover his tuition and accommodation costs. Perplexed by the opportunities, Preethi’s single mother wants her to get admission into one of these colleges, as she has already secured a place at MIT College at Anna University. Preethi’s mother works in a private company for a meager salary and arranging the fees for Anna University (a government college) will be a herculean task for her. She therefore lets herself be seduced by the offers of these private engineering schools. “Previously, only a few colleges used such marketing techniques to attract students, but this year more than two dozen colleges are offering free places,” said career consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi. “This decision will help private engineering schools improve their reputation. If students scoring 180 and above join these colleges, the threshold for these colleges will automatically increase next year,” Gandhi added. Professors at private colleges said the move would also improve college rankings. However, Anna University faculty advised students not to fall into such traps. “For poor students, who cannot afford the annual fees, there are many scholarship and stipend programs available at the university,” a faculty member said. Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education on Thursday issued an order to convert 27 constituent colleges from public universities to government colleges of arts and sciences. With this order, the 2018 decision to convert 41 constituent colleges into government colleges of arts and sciences is complete. (*name changed)

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