B Tech students protest outside DU V-C office

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Hundreds of students enrolled in various B Tech courses in University of Delhi (DU) staged demonstration outside V-C’s (Vice-Chancellor) office against prolonged delay in getting necessary approval from AICTE (All-India Council for Technical Education) for the course.

The careers of over 6,000 students of B Tech in DU is at stake as their degrees won’t be considered valid without the approval from AICTE. BTech courses were started in 2013-14 in 15 colleges as a part of DU’s controversial FYUP (four-year undergraduate course). According to Supreme Court order of April 2014, prior approval of AICTE is mandatory for any institution to run technical courses. According to AICTE, February 20 is the last date to apply for approvals. But the university has failed to do so. Rather, the blame game is on among colleges and the university.

According to a professor who teaches in DU, the university and the colleges are confused over who has to apply for the approvals. “While the university has asked colleges to get the approvals, the latter has not done so,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the V-C told the agitating students that he would soon call an emergency meeting of all concerned colleges to sort out the issue. “The V-C also informed us that some of the colleges have already applied for the approval. But the AICTE has denied having received any applications,” said Harshit Goyal, a second-year B Tech student of Keshav Mahavidyalaya.

After the rollback of FYUP last year, the University Grants Commission directed DU to continue five branches B Tech, but only for the students admitted in academic session 2013-14. It also asked colleges to seek necessary approvals from AICTE.

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