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Seven technical colleges in Roorkee may lose UTU affiliation

These colleges have allegedly failed to follow the protocols of Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU), due to which their affiliation could be withdrawn.

dehradun Updated: Jan 29, 2018 22:30 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Uttarakhand Technical University,UTU,Roorkee
The future of nearly 2,000 students enrolled at these colleges is at stake.(HT File Photo)

The affiliation of seven technical colleges of Roorkee is in danger, putting at stake the future of nearly 2,000 students currently enrolled with the colleges.

These colleges have allegedly failed to follow the protocols of Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU), due to which their affiliation could be withdrawn by the university.

There are 132 colleges affiliated with the UTU. Of these, six colleges teaching engineering and one teaching allied sciences are in dismal state, according to the university officials. These colleges had been warned in the past to upgrade their system and have been given a final deadline till April-June, following which the new session would begin, the officials said.

“There have been problems in past and we are constantly in touch with the college managements in this regard. We might have to take serious steps if the protocols are not adhered with,” said Anita Rawat, the UTU registrar.

The colleges have allegedly failed to maintain the key university guidelines with regard to submission of examination fee, appointment of faculty and staff, weakening student strength and lack of infrastructure facilities.

On the condition of anonymity, a university official said that after establishment of the university in 2005, the officers then gave affiliation to many colleges without proper verification of faculty and management issues. The university officers allegedly did not review the performance of the affiliated colleges between 2005 and 2015, owing to which the condition of these colleges worsened.

“Due to Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, several colleges sprawled in Roorkee and UTU gave them affiliation. But never was a follow-up done to ensure that these colleges are running properly,” the officer said.

In December, Uttarakhand governor KK Paul, who is also the university chancellor, in consultation with the officials, agreed upon conducting sudden raids in affiliated colleges to look into their functioning. This decision has again become an issue for the officers at UTU, which has an employee strength of only eight people, excluding the Grade-4 employees.

“We are trying to organise these raids with limited manpower,” said US Rawat, the UTU vice chancellor.

The university faced issues in the past also. Its former VC PK Garg was accused of irregularities in the recruitment of varsity staff. He was relieved by the governor and Rawat was handed over the charge, who is also heading Sri Dev Suman University.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 22:30 IST