Himachal Pradesh Private Technical Institution Association (HPPTIA) general secretary NR Chaudhary has alleged that the Himachal Pradesh Technical Board's (HPTB) decision to replace the 'carry-on' system with the condition to pass at least half the subjects to get admission in next semester has put the careers of 2,200 students at stake.
The 'carry-on' system means that a student can pass diploma in engineering in six years time period against the three years scheduled period and could avail a golden chance if the board allowed it in the seventh year.
The board took this decision in its meeting in May and implemented the same in July 2013 for the academic session 2013-14.
Chaudhary said the decision of the board was not mentioned in the February 2013 prospectus and students who took admissions in various streams of engineering diploma courses were not mentally prepared for the abolishment of the system.
“The board should have given time to the students so that they had a choice to take admission in institutions where the 'carry-on' system was in force” said Chaudhary.
He added that as many as 400 students of the government sector and 1,800 students of the private institutes have failed to fulfill the criteria and now they were not eligible to move to the next semester.
“Students with a strong financial background will take admissions in the next semester in some other institutions, while those who cannot afford, will have to re-appear for the examination of the previous semester” Chaudhary added.
Whereas, the HPTB secretary Sunil Verma deferred the allegations and said that the Board had taken the decision after several discussions, in order to improve the quality of technical education in the state.
“If a student does not pass in even half the subjects, then how can we even think of producing quality engineers? Moreover, private institutions have been minting money by being liberal and allowing the students to complete a three years diploma course in six years time period.” said Verma.
He added that the technical board had informed about the replacement of the 'carry-on' system in July, exactly one moth prior to the beginning of the academic session 2013-14, and the institutions should have informed and prepared students according to the change, instead of blaming the technical board.