General counselling session for admission to courses run by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University began here on Monday.

The counselling session, which is completely online, will go on for three days and on Thursday, the University will release the list of selected candidates, says S. Mahimairaja, Dean-Agriculture, and chairman – Admissions.

The University will release the list on its website, and also mail and message the selection details to the candidates concerned.

The first phase of the general counselling will cover 8,500 candidates, whom the University has ranked based on cut-off marks in various reservation categories.

The candidates who get the allotment letters should print those and along with relevant documents such as Plus Two mark sheet, community certificate, income certificate, nativity certificate, etc. be present at the University at the given time on July 19 or 20 or 21.

After paying Rs. 20,000 admission fee, the selected candidates will have to confirm their selection to the course and college. If not, they can register their willingness to participate in the second round of counselling, which is the sliding system the University has introduced this year, Mr. Mahimairaja says.

For candidates who have opted for the sliding system, when the second round of counselling begins after July 21, the University will allocate courses of their choice if seats are vacant.

During the three-day counselling session, till Wednesday evening, the candidates may change their course preference any number of times. But once they submit the application, they cannot make any more changes.

To facilitate the process of counselling, the University has established help desks in all its colleges, affiliated private colleges and research stations. This is for candidates who may have had problems at the time of application and whom the University has asked for clarifications or those with doubts. Or for those who want to access the University’s portal to pay the counselling fee.

Other candidates who are able to pay from their houses or browsing centres, need not visit the University at this stage. Only if they are selected and the University has asked them to visit its campus in Coimbatore, should they do so, the chairman, Admissions, says.

Notwithstanding the fact that the University has made the counselling online, a few dozen candidates were at the University on Monday.

A. Aswin of Harur, Dharmapuri, says he was in the University because he was under the impression that he has to appear in person to participate in the counselling.

There were also a few candidates who were present in person to pay the counselling fee.

S. Priya and her father Selvaraj from Udumalpet were there to pay Rs. 2,000 as a kin studying at the University has asked them to come over to facilitate the process.

In the special counselling held a few days ago, the University has filled all the five seats under sports quota, eight in ex-servicemen quota and one seat under the freedom fighters quota. It had also filled 53 of the 64 seats under the differently abled candidates’ quota.

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