Students get MSc instead of MS degree
All the students who had joined St Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology (AIMIT) in 2009, to pursue their course in MS Software Technology, did not get their degree certificate as MS Software Technology. Instead, they received the degree of MSc Sotware Technology.
As many as 37 students had joined for MS in Software Technology and completed the course in 2011.
The students said: “We had joined the prestigious institution with an intention of receving world class education. We had joined the two-year course with the expectation of receiving an MS degree in Software Technology, as was advertised in the media, official website, and college prospectus.
However, we are disappointed at the fact that we have received an MSc degree rather than the promised MS degree, and we feel that it’s a mistake on the part of the management on keeping us not informed about the entire issue, when they very well knew that the students will not be receiving an MS degree.”
In one of the letters written to the students by Fr Denzil Lobo, Director of AIMIT, he said:
“In 2009, the college had sent a proposal to the Mangalore University for the change of nomenclature from MSc Software Technology to MS software Technology. Both the terminologies are for the same course with the same content and duration and both of them mean the same: Masters of Science (Software Technology).
Hence, during the admission, we always brought to the notice of the candidates that the programme was MSc software technology but it would be MS programme, if Mangalore University approves our proposal.
The autonomous college has no rights to change the nomenclature without the approval of the parent university. However, the University has stated that it is not possible to change the nomenclature of the course to MS, as the MS degree is equivalent to BE/BTech and two years MTech. MS is a technical course which should be approved by the AICTE. Only BE/BTech students will be eligible for the course.”
The students say that the college authorities had issued them the ID card mentioning their course as MS software technology. “Even the question papers of class test had the name of the subject as MS software technology. However, when it comes to degree, we are getting MSc software technology.”
Speaking to Deccan Herald, AIMIT Director Fr Denzil said that though the institution wanted to offer MS Software Technology, the Managlore University said that the terminology of MS software Technology does not exist, and it can not give degree and hence it was changed to MSc software Technology. The duration and the content was not changed, he said.