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No takers for engineering courses: Only 76 students apply for Bathinda college with 639 seats

Students who got negative marks in the IIT-JEE have taken admission in the Giani Zail Singh Campus College of Engineering and Technology, sources have said.

education Updated: Jul 05, 2017 14:01 IST
Amit R Joshi
The recent admissions took place following two sessions of centralised JEE (mains) counselling for all colleges by the Kapurthala-headquartered Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University (IRSPTU).
The recent admissions took place following two sessions of centralised JEE (mains) counselling for all colleges by the Kapurthala-headquartered Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University (IRSPTU).(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

This year, only 76 students have taken admission to Giani Zail Singh Campus College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCCET) though it offers 639 seats in various engineering streams.

The 28-year-old college named after late president Zail Singh was the campus from where the new Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU) launched its operations . Subsequently, it was allotted 40 acres of land. The previous SAD-BJP government had set up the university to promote technical education in southern Punjab. It has jurisdiction over 11 districts, including Bathinda.

The recent admissions took place following two sessions of centralised JEE (mains) counselling for all colleges by the Kapurthala-headquartered Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University (IRSPTU).

Sources in the university claimed that only students who got negative marks (awarded to candidates giving wrong answers) in the IIT-JEE have taken admission in the college. Though unlike the directorate of technical education, Maharashtra, the authorities here have not passed any orders okaying admission to candidates with negative marks, a large number of vacant seats is compelling colleges in Punjab to accept candidates with negative marks.

The once prestigious Giani Zail Singh campus has been mired in controversy in the recent years due to lack of any campus placements. Students, many of whom are from Bihar, often hold dharnas here.

MRSPTU began its own counselling on Monday to fill the remaining seats. This also means that students who paid Rs 2,000 for the centralised counselling will now have to shell out another Rs 2,000 for the university’s counselling.

A faculty member said on the condition of anonymity that “Due to utter neglect of the administrative staff and other stakeholders, the college (GZSCCET) is merely distributing degrees that can’t provide jobs.”

Charanjit Channi, the state’s minister for technical education and industrial training, recently visited the Bathinda university and promised to improve its facilities.

Own scholarship scheme

MRSPTU has been chalking out its own path on other matters too. Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh recently announced the CM Scholarship Scheme under which students scoring 90% or above in Class 12 can get scholarships at government polytechnics and engineering colleges, the MRSPTU and the IKGPTU.

However, MRSPTU has decided to follow its own criteria for scholarships rather than the one advertised by the ministry of technical education. The website of MRSPTU under the head ‘CM Scholarship Scheme’ lists the JEE rank as criterion. It says that students who are ranked in the top 50,000 in the JEE will get full waiver of tuition fee and development fee. Those ranked between rank 50,000 and 1 lakh will get waiver of only the tuition fee; and those between ranks 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh will get scholarship equivalent to half the tuition fee.

Gursharan Singh, dean, academics, MRSPTU, said he could not comment on the advertisement given by the ministry and the university has provided information on scheme on the website. When asked if the university will give scholarships to student on the basis of marks scored in Class 12, he said that the university will follow guidelines listed on its website.