Owing to paucity of government funds, the PEC University of Technology has decided to merge 30 engineering seats in the information and technology (IT) stream with the computer engineering stream from the next session, taking the latter's strength to 60.
The board of governors decided to do so, even as the IT stream had been, ostensibly, doing well.
Confirming the development, PEC director Manoj Dutta said, “As government funding is not possible for both the streams, it was decided to merge the IT seats with those of computers. We may have the IT stream from the next academic session from 2014 on a self-finance basis, which will mean that students will have to pay more fees.”
Students say that the IT stream does not find much favour with companies during recruitments. “After recession hit the economy, IT companies are hardly taking core IT professionals and are concentrating more on those from the core computer stream,” informed a faculty member at PEC, corroborating the account of students.
Meanwhile, those opting for engineering in computer science can rejoice.
The IT stream was started in 2000 and the talks of merger had begun in 2008.