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Students on warpath over unrecognised courses

Students are on thewarpath against the authorities at the Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University in protest against running of some allegedly unrecognised courses for yet another year.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 01:21 IST

Students are on thewarpath against the authorities at the Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University in protest against running of some allegedly unrecognised courses for yet another year.

Last week, students locked up the Faculty Gate at the VBSPU and teaching had to be suspended in view of the unrest.

However, no progress has been made despite students’ demand to get the courses recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
As a result, such courses continue to be conducted in various departments.
The university put out an advertisement for the Purvanchal University Combined Admission Test (PUCAT) for various courses, including the controversial engineering courses. The Engineering College of the university offers B.Tech degrees in various branches. But, these are not yet recognised by AICTE.

tudents have many times gone on the warpath against the university administration, demanding affiliation and recognition, but to no avail. The fate of thousands of students hangs in the balance. A fresh controversy erupted recently when the vice-chancellor ordered closure of the M.Sc (Environmental Science) programme, as it was not even approved under the university statutes. Students of various departments protested against the move.

As the convocation was approaching, the university allegedly hushed up the issue. The calling of applications for fresh batches in this programme raises questions on the intentions of the university.

Such degrees are said to be invalid and may even land  students in jail, if an inquiry is instituted against them in future.

Some of them may be working in high positions at that time.

There is confusion in university circles over the change of names of certain courses. The names of Master’s in Finance and Control (MFC) and Master’s in Human Resource Development (MHRD) programme have been changed to MBA (Finance and Control) and MBA (HRD), respectively.

The MBE programme has been renamed as MA (Business Economics). All MBA programmes require recognition from AICTE, a condition, which the newly introduced MBAs in Finance & Control and HRD do not fulfil.

The B.Pharma course is  yet to receive recognition from the Pharmacology Council of India (PCI).

This programme is running without any head, faculty and lacks proper training facilities for students. Part of the training is conducted at the Banaras Hindu University. The Purvanchal University is generating huge sums of money by sale of PUCAT forms and course fee.