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UGC letter adds to chaos over B Tech

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 30, 2014
First Published: 00:23 IST(30/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:31 IST(30/6/2014)

The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) letter to Delhi University (DU)  regarding BTech colleges has posed questions that no one seems to be sure of.

In relation to BTech courses, the UGC’s letter states, “The colleges under DU which admitted students in academic year 2013-14 for these programmes may, whenever required, obtain appropriate approval of the regulatory bodies such as UGC and AICTE so as to ensure that the students admitted in these programmes are not put to any disadvantage.”

The letter puts the onus of taking approvals on the colleges. Yet, it was not the colleges that turned these courses from BSc degrees to B-Tech degrees.

“We are under direct administrative control of the university. We have never in the past sought approval for any course from anybody other than the university. We will have to get more clarity. ,” said Sunil Sondhi, principal, Maharaja Agrasen Colege.         

Others agree. “I don’t understand what to make of the letter. Will colleges have to run around to get approvals for B-Tech courses? In case of DU, it is the central authority that takes care of all approvals since the same curriculum is taught in all colleges. Yet, the letter says that colleges will have to get approvals,” said a college principal who runs B Tech computer science in his college.

The issue, however, does not end there. “When approval for a B Tech course is sought, there are a few minimum requirements that must be in place beforehand. The biggest of these is the infrastructure. Do the university colleges have enough well-equipped laboratories to get approval. Even if these labs are built, will they be put in place only for one batch? If approval has to be got, why can it not be for future batches as well,” said a DU teacher who teaches B-Tech electronics.The university, it seems will have to iron out a lot of problems before remnants of FYUP are either completely erased or brought in with consensus and adequate approval.


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