A classic example of mismanagement and what can be termed as throwing all rules to the wind has come to light at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University (PU), as students registered successfully for admission to BTech at the department became ineligible following change in norms by the UIET authorities.
A student who had registered successfully for admission under sports quota was within hours shown as ineligible on July 5. The students rue that if the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) pattern had to be followed or the norms had to be changed, the same should have been done in advance and not when the admission registrations were on.
According to PU counselling brochure, a student who has qualified Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) mains exam with 15% and has 60% aggregate in Class 12 is eligible under sports quota for admission to BTech. However, on July 5, when the registration for admission to BTech was on at the UIET, the joint action committee of the department held a meeting to change the criteria for admission under sports category as recently prescribed by the CBSE, which demands a sportsperson to have at least 63% marks in Class 12.
Following the meeting a notification was put on the website and a corrigendum issued that those registered as per previous norms stand ineligible. Ironically, the minutes of the joint action committee meeting which need to be discussed and approved by the director of the technical education. However, the minutes of the meeting, in possession of HT, read that the decision was conveyed by UIET chairperson Prof Renu Vig on telephone to the director, technical education.
The parents, not happy with the decision for obvious reasons, have moved court. Talking to HT, one of the parents of a student falling under sports category said, "My daughter is a national-level badminton player, yet she cannot get admission at PU. What is this way of dealing with things? If the admission process has already been started and registrations have been made following a certain criteria, how can the authorities change the same in between?"
The UIET chairperson could not be contacted for her comment.
Dean, university instructions (DUI), Prof Madhu Raka said, "The matter had come to light but when I discussed the case, I was told that some parents have already moved court. So now since the matter is in the court we are waiting for the directions from there."