Many students of the Abdul Kalam Technical University’s (AKTU) are panicking about their academic future after the university on February 27 suspended 19,834 of them over alleged irregularities in admission related documents.
Abhishek,18, a first year mechanical engineering student of a private college in Greater Noida, says he submitted the necessary documents during admission but his name has featured among the suspended students.
“I come from Jewar and for the past three days, I have been asking college authorities about the verification process but there is total confusion. The verification is on in Lucknow and our documents will be checked on March 6,” Abhishek said.
A total of 846 institutions across the state are affiliated to the AKTU with more than 150 affiliated colleges in Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. Courses such as mechanical engineering, medical science, management and computer science are taught in these institutes.
For the academic session 2016-17, a total of 82,141 students had taken admission across the state.
“After cross checking the documents of all newly admitted students, we found that as many as 20,000 students had submitted incomplete forms. Many migration certificates and class 12 mark sheets are yet to be submitted. We decided to put their admission in the respective institutes on hold,” Ashish Mishra, spokesperson, AKTU, said.
However, the university decided to provide a breather to the students by giving them another chance to submit the documents through their college representatives. The representatives have been called to the main campus in Lucknow where the university will re-examine the documents from March 1 to 8.
The recent decision has left the students agitated and confused as a lack of coordination between university administration and their college authorities has resulted in chaos.
“I had to submit the original documents again despite showing them the same in 2016. The entire process is scary because we have already paid our fees,” Gyanendra Singh, another student, said.
However, the university has asked students to not panic and coordinate with their college administration.
“The verification process has already started and we are checking documents of 150 colleges each in two days. Till now, we have not rejected application of any student, and nobody should panic and resort to rumour mongering. We are flexible and cooperative in our approach by allowing even latecomers to submit their documents,” PK Gangwar, registrar, AKTU, said.