More than 200 BTech students of IMS engineering college in Ghaziabad on Tuesday protested outside the campus of Mahamaya Technical University (MTU) at Sector 62 in Noida and also at the college campus in Ghaziabad.
The protests errupted after the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) made some changes in the affiliation process in the branches of the MTU affiliated college.
The fate of the second-year students of civil and electrical and electronic engineering branches IMS engineering college now hangs in balance.
The students have been asked to shift to some other college affiliated with the university.
As many as 120 students from the civil engineering branch protested outside MTU campus, as they did not want to move to any other college.
"We got admission in this branch of the college after a lot of efforts last year. I scored extremely well to get through UPSEE. This is one of the best colleges and the university has given us an option of such colleges that are not even close to good," said Shamit Mehra, one of the students.
These students took admission in the college through Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination (UPSEE) in 2012. The AICTE cancelled the affiliation of the branches in July this year.
"We have completed a year with the college and how can we suddenly shfit to some other college and start our career. Graduating from a reputed college is what any student wants," said Vikas Kumar, another student.
Similarly, the number of seats in electrical and electronic engineering have been reduced to half after the AICTE approval. There were 120 students who took admission last year in the branch and only 60 seats have been approved by the council for second year.
"Where are we supposed to go? On what basis will the college ask half of us to leave? Our career will be destroyed," said Suhas Sharma, another student.
However, the matter has been taken to Allahabad high court. The decision is still pending. "The court will decide on the matter within 2 days. Students will have to wait till then. The future of these students will not be hampered in any case," said Kalyan Singh, registrar, MTU.