Faculty crunch: NIT Jalandhar to discontinue 3 courses

  • Neha Arora, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 23:44 IST

The Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar, has decided to discontinue three courses — mining, electrical engineering and information technology (IT) — from the upcoming academic session due to non-availability of faculty.

The decision was taken during the recent meeting of the board of governors and decided to discontinue the three courses that were started in the 2013-14 session.

A Agnihotri, acting director, NIT Jalandhar, said, “The board has taken the decision as they do not want students to suffer due to non-availability of faculty in these courses. So we will not accept new admissions for the 2015-16 session.”

He said students already enrolled will continue with the courses started during the tenure of the then director SK Das in 2013-14. The student intake for these four-year courses is 40 each and around 10 teachers are required for every stream. Agnihotri said teachers for the first year are common due to similar syllabus.

Sources said IT and computer science departments have three contractual teachers; electrical has only one teacher who has been given additional charge though he is faculty for instrumentation and control engineering while mining has been handled by contractual teachers.

The board of governors has sent the minutes of the meeting for approval to the Union ministry of human resource development.

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