After denying them entry in favour of those who came through the all-India GATE, Panjab University (PU) has finally agreed to make space for toppers of its own entrance exam in MTech at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET).
The move comes after HT, on July 19, reported how even Maneesha Ajmani, the exam topper, could not get admission, because those who come through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) got preference and exemption from appearing in any entrance exam. Now, the UIET authorities have decided to consider the three toppers from each stream for admission.
Earlier, the university had said that it had got an unusually high number of GATE-qualified candidates, thus leaving no space for those who cleared its own exam.
After HT reported the issue, senator and syndic Dinesh Talwar took up the matter during the syndicate meeting on Saturday, July 27. At the meeting, vice-chancellor Arun Grover assured that admission will be given to the first three toppers from different streams, even if it means creating additional seats. Talwar told HT, "The V-C was supportive and he said that additional seats will be created to accommodate toppers from various streams."
Topper Ajmani was elated, "I am very happy even for others who will be considered for admission. I am thankful to the PU authorities."
Each student had spent about Rs 2,300 for filling up the form and about 400 students had applied for the entrance exam. Senators had said that the UIET should not have conducted the entrance exam at all, and if it had it should give admission to those who qualified. Dean, university instructions, (DUI) Madhu Raka had told HT that from the next session the UIET would not hold the test, and that in present case the authorities will look for a solution.
HC relief for sports category in BTech
UIET authorities had changed the admission criteria for those applying for BTech under the sports category, that too while the registration for counselling was on. After a meeting, the UIET had uploaded it on its website and disqualified those who were successfully registered earlier but did not fit in the new criteria. Some such students went to the high court. While in one case the HC ruled that the decision of changing the criteria in between was wrong and that the student be considered for admission, in another case it gave interim relief to the student, directing PU authorities to include the student in counselling.