Fate of engg students hangs in balance

Fate of engg students hangs in balance

AICTE disapproves admission to 2 courses in Govt Tool Room and Training Centre

The AICTE, a body under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development which regulates admission of the technical institutions, in its communication to the Karnataka Government said that it had not approved the two BTech courses offered by the institution -Tool Engineering and Precision Manufacturing - in the institution’s Bangalore campus.

The GTTC had admitted 120 students (with 60 students in each stream) through Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority for the academic year 2010-11 based on the seat matrix allotted by the Department of Higher Education.
The seat matrix, was also approved by the Visveswaraya Technological University, Belgaum. The students have just completed their first semester examination and are awaiting results. 

Though the Karnataka Government had requested the AICTE to give approval for the intake made in the BTech courses in the interest of the students, the latter has rejected it by saying that giving such relief to one institution would lead to others making similar demands. While the GTTC has now claimed that it had admitted the students based the approval given by the AICTE, the latter has denied this and said the institution was alerted about its mistake of starting new courses without approval in August 2010 itself.

According to the letter written by the GTTC Managing Director H R Jayadevappa to AICTE  Chairman S S Mantha, the GTTC had sent the proposal of starting new BTech courses in the institution’s Bangalore centre to AICTE and the institution admitted the students based on the display made in the Counil’s website which had shown that the institution was allowed an intake of 60 for each of the two courses. 

He also mentioned in the letter that, subsequently, the AICTE website displayed the student intake for two courses were zero which was also authenticated by the AICTE regional office, Bangalore. 

In an attempt to get some relief, the GTTC official from Bangalore approached Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily last week.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Moily said he has written to the AICTE chairman to reconsider the decision in the interest of the students and also promised to take up the issue with Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal.

GTTC was established in 1972 in Bangalore with the participation of the Karnataka State Government and in collaboration with the Government of Denmark under the Bilateral Development Co-operation Agreement. It is also offering MTech course in Tool Engineering which is approved by AICTE as a special case. 

Knotty affair

*GTTC admitted 120 students through CET for the year 2010-2011 based on seat matrix allotted by Department of Higher Education and approved by VTU, Belgaum.

*GTTC says admission based on display made in the Counil’s website, showing that the institution was allowed an intake of 60 for each of the two courses.

*Subsequently, the website displayed the student intake for two courses as zero, authenticated by the AICTE regional office, Bangalore.

*Students complete first semester, await result.

*AICTE rejects government request for approval.

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