Etawah students? strike over AITEC recognition demand
STUDENTS OF the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Etawah Engineering College are agitated over the non-recognition of the course by the All India Technical Education Council (AITEC) even after a period of three years.india Updated: May 24, 2006 00:31 IST
STUDENTS OF the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Etawah Engineering College are agitated over the non-recognition of the course by the All India Technical Education Council (AITEC) even after a period of three years.
Over 30 students and their parents had met the vice-chancellor of the Chandrashekhar Azad Agriculture and Technology University (CSA), to which the college is affiliated, on Monday. They urged V-C Dr MM Agarwal to expedite the process of seeking AITEC recognition.
In the absence of definite assurance, the agitated students visited the Vice-Chancellor today and observed a sit-in, which was continuing till last reports came in.
Earlier on Monday, the students had created ruckus at the V-C’s office but were later pacified by university professors. They submitted a memorandum to the V-C and said they would face placement problems if their course did not get AITEC recognition.
Since the students wanted a concrete response from the V-C, they stayed back in the city.
At about 10.50 am, the agitated students met the V-C. He told the students that AITEC chairman Dr Damodaran Acharya has assured him on phone that the course would get recognition.
However, Dr Agarwal said the chairman was of the opinion that recognition was required only for private colleges. Since the Etawah Engineering College was affiliated to the CSA it required no further recognition.
Yet he assured the students that the course would get AITEC recognition soon.
The V-C told the students that UP Minister for Agricultural and Technical Education Yogesh Pratap Singh had also promised to take up the recognition issue with AITEC at a meeting to be held on May 28.
Dean of academic affairs Dr KD Upadhaya told Hindistan Times that the Etawah College had been running three courses in computer science, communication engineering, electronics and mechanical engineering. Some two years back an AITEC team had visited the college and granted recognition to courses in computer, communication and electronics.
The recognition to mechanical engineering was denied on grounds of inadequate teachers and equipment.
At present, the department only runs short of teachers but all other criteria had been fulfilled.
He said the minister was confident of getting recognition from the AITEC on the assurance that the faculty shortage would be addressed soon.