The normal practice is that states follow different pattern of admissions for Engineering colleges as approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). For instance some state like Tamil Nadu have done away with any kind of entrance test, there are some who still follow the State Common Entrance Test (CET).
Moreover students those who follow CBSE Board or those from any particular state preferring to study in another state very often lost out because deadlines pertaining to admission process differed from one state to another. This resulted in students being admitted from first week of August to last week of September.
The notification sent by AICTE says "Strict compliance and adherence by all concerned." Though the dates are slightly ahead of the existing schedule for colleges in Tamilnadu affiliated to Anna University, the heads of the institutions have welcomed the common calender that streamlines all the processes that is 'In The Best Interest of the Students'.
The Schedule table is as shown below:
|AICTE- COMMON SCHEDULE FOR ENGINEERING COLLEGES|
The 2-tier and 3-tier colleges, will have to start classes on 1st August, even though the ones who get selected in the final round of counselling (held on July 30) and in the management quota will take time to join these colleges.
Most of the college heads say that the success of the common calender will have to be seen from its implementation because it also involves including admission under the management quota in the 65:35 ratio and keeping in mind the medical counselling schedule that usually precedes the Engineering counselling in Tamil Nadu.