Tiruchi: A total of 120 students appeared for the AIEEE mock examination conducted at the National Institute of Technology-Puducherry at Karaikal on Sunday by the first year students.
The material for the mock exam was provided by the Rotaract Club of the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T), the mentoring institution. The initiative according to G.Swaminathan, Coordinator for NIT-Puducherry based at NIT-T, was a familiarisation exercise since the awareness level of the student community on AIEEE was poor in the Karaikal region. The mock exam was conducted at short notice through advertisements in local cable television channels, and sensitisation campaign in a couple of schools.
While the mock exam was conducted last year in association with the Karaikal Tamil Peravai, the exam on Sunday was organised individually by the NIT-Puducherry. This time around, the first year students handled classes for the aspirants on the mark scoring techniques, particularly the ways to avoid negative marking, Dr.Swaminathan said, explaining the scope for rural candidates to gain admission to NITs.
Citing the instance of NIT-T, he said that most of the students gaining admission under the 50 per cent State quota were from Chennai. For years, the Rotaract Club of NIT-T has been conducting mock AIEEE examination in realisation of the fact that candidates from other parts of the State also had the same level of intelligence.
As a mentoring institution, the NIT-T has been extending its support to NIT-Puducherry by deputing some of its senior faculties and by initiating students of the new institution into organising quality events. Once such was the programme on Robotics organised recently.
However, it may take a year before the new institute would be able to overcome infrastructure constraints. Within the facilities made available on the premises of Arignar Anna Arts and Science College, the institute would have to accommodate about 100 more students this year.
Last year, 102 students, including 24 girls were admitted to the three programmes: Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering.
The Building and Works Committee has already had its first sitting, and the Centre has already cleared land title on a 35 acre plot for setting up the permanent campus. A meeting of the full-fledged Board of Governors under the Chairmanship of Baldev Raj, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, is expected in the coming months to accord a thrust to infrastructure development, official sources added.