Chennai: A farmer’s son from Krishnagiri district topped in counselling at the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) held on Wednesday. Vijaya Kumar S, with an aggregate of 197.75, is the first person from his family to go to college. “From Class XI, I studied with the aim of doing something worthwhile for my district. After finishing B.VSc (Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences), I plan to enter the IAS and help my people,” he said.
Interestingly, not a single student from Chennai figured in the list of top 10 candidates. Apart from Vijaya Kumar, five others from the top 10 list are also first generation college students. While R Raghavi (rank 5) joined B.VSc & AH (Animal Husbandry) since she did not get an MBBS seat, others like T Hemalatha (rank 8), RI Roja (rank 7) and M Dhinakaran (rank 4) joined the course because of love for animals.
“I wanted to become a vet as I have loved animals since I was a child,” said Roja. Dhinakaran said that he was always interested in healing animals. Out of an approved strength of 260, 39 seats (15%) will be filled by the Veterinary Council of India, based on marks obtained in an all-India entrance exam. Admissions into the new veterinary colleges at Tirunelveli and Orathanadu will be made after the council recognises them.
A farmer\'s son from Krishnagiri topped in counselling at the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.
Handing over the admission letters, Minister for Animal Husbandry TKM Chinnaya said the government is taking several steps to improve the infrastructure and facilities in veterinary colleges. Counselling for special and vocational categories for B.VSc & AH started on Tuesday. General and reserved category appeared for counselling on Wednesday.