The number of lateral entry seats for engineering courses will be increased by 10 per cent for 2011-2012. Officials at the Centralised Admissions Committee (CENTAC) told The Hindu on Sunday that the increase was owing to the implementation of new AICTE norms.
According to the officials, up to the current academic year, it was statutory for all colleges - private and government - to allot a certain number of seats, equal to 10 per cent of the sanctioned first year intake, for lateral entry.
This is now being increased to 20 per cent.
Officials said this hike would translate into a total of about 600 seats for students, who wish to apply for lateral entry.
However, among the total lateral entry seats, the allocation through CENTAC would be about 300.
The notification for the implementation of new norms would be issued in a “day or two,” they said.
Meanwhile, sources in the government said negotiations with private medical colleges, to arrive at the total number of seats to be allocated under government quota, have been delayed as the Minister for Higher Education is yet to be appointed.
The negotiations would begin once the entire Cabinet is in place as any decision has to be approved by it before implementation