Despite the Punjab government’s notification for holding centralised counselling, Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, has allowed colleges affiliated to it to undertake direct admissions in masters in computer applications (MCA), masters in business administration (MBA) and MTech.
As per a notification dated June 24, issued by the department of technical education and industrial training, the state government appointed PTU as the competent authority to conduct centralised counselling for admissions to the three-year MCA course for the 2014-15 academic session. As per the notification, the admissions shall be made on the basis of merit in the qualifying examination in institutions of the state.
A similar notification was issued to the university for the MBA course on June 24, adding that admissions should be conducted on the basis of the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
For MTech admissions, a notification issued on June 25 said PTU was competent to make admissions to the postgraduate course being run in state institutions on the basis of valid scores of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for the 2014-15 academic session.
The instructions were issued by the principal secretary and the secretary, department of technical education and industrial training.
The notifications were issued for admissions to 119 colleges (MBA), and 54 colleges each for MCA and MTech.
RK Verma, secretary, technical education and industrial training, stated that as per the notification, the university had to hold centralised counselling.
“The university cannot do so as it’s a violation of the state government’s notification. If they have done so, they need to explain their conduct,” said Verma.
Buta Singh, dean, academics, PTU, said, “The university conducted centralised counselling for BTech course, but due to less intake of students in the courses of MTech, MCA and MBA, we asked the colleges to conduct admissions on their own.”
He added: “The colleges had started holding admissions directly before we got the notification from the Punjab government.”