In a bid to make whole process of admission for undergraduate medical courses an easy and hassle-free endeavour, the Tamil Nadu Government is planning online counseling from this academic year.
As per the Selection Committee officials, the Directorate of Medical Education is contemplating to start the online counseling for MBBS, BDS.
The sale of applications for admission to undergraduate medical courses is likely to begin from June 6. UG-NEET results would also be announced on the same date.
“We are planning to make MBBS and BDS counselling online from this academic year. Also, applications can be downloaded online. Facilitation centres will be set up at all the districts and staff will be posted to teach the students how to fill the application and other details, online,” Dr A Edwin Joe, Director of Medical Education was quoted as saying.
Shedding more light on the move, he said, “We are also planning to train vice-principals of the medical colleges on the online process so that they could help the people in facilitation centres.”
Some doctors have expressed apprehension about the move stating that it would affect rural students.
“The rural students would be affected by this proposal. Already, they were struggling with NEET procedures. Many had to drop out from appearing for the exam as they either could not afford the coaching centres or were not clear about the online process,” said a senior doctor.
The contour of the proposal is still not clear.