Punjab University sets up committee to scan AICTE’s ‘Exit Option’

As per the agitating students of Dr S S Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (SSBUICET), and according to the laid rules of AICTE, the institutions affiliated have an “exit option” wherein after offering four years of undergraduate study you can claim the same. So they too are demanding an exit option in the BE Chemical Engineering + MBA course.

The reason given by the students for such an Exit is that many of them wants to apply for claiming competitive exams like GATE and GMAT on successful completion of their four-year long course in Chemical Engineering. Further they were of the view that if they are not allowed to exit the course, they will suffer a huge loss of one year in the peak time of their career.

SSBUICET every year along with five other Technical Institutes and University located within Chandigarh region offers admission on the basis of JEE Main followed by a common counselling which is being conducted by Joint Admission Committee.

Punjab University vice chancellor Arun Kumar Grover
The committee is formed under aegis of vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover (Image: TribuneIndia)

In lieu of the same, Punjab University have now planned to set up a committee under the aegis of the university’s vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover and the Dean Students’ Welfare and Chairperson of SSBUICET Professor Meenakshi Goyal to examine the issue and come out with a solution as soon as the possible so that the protest of the students come to an end. It has been planned that the committee will hold a meeting during the next week and a student representative from SSBUICET will also be present.

While the faculty members of the institute were found stating that none of the laid down AICTE norms permit such an exit after four years on the part of the institute and moreover, the admission for the academic session has been offered on the basis of merit. Therefore, taking such an step would be unfair and injustice on the part of other students who took admission in the other courses offered.

Professor Navdeep Goyal who is Dean of Students Welfare said, “The first problem with allowing an exit option is that admissions are given on the basis of merit for BE Chemical Engineering and the integrated five-and-half-years BE Chemical + MBA programme. BE Chemical Engineering is the most sought-after course, so if we do allow for an exit option, it would be unfair to the students of BE (Chemical)/ BE (Food Technology) who have gotten admissions at a much higher merit score.

While on the same issue Chairperson of SSBUICET Professor Meenakshi Goyal and Dean University Instructions Professor AK Bhandari refused to utter even a single word. Professor Navdeep Goyal further added that the AICTE laid down rules and regulations need to be properly scrutinized and if the exit option is permitted then a proper framework needs to be developed.

On September 10, 2015 after the decision of the committee the students forwarded a copy of the AICTE rules to PU Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover and hence requested that the issue should be raised in the next meeting of the Syndicate.

As per one of the agitating student, “The rules clearly state that students can take an exit option after completing the BE degree in four years. The BE-MBA students at University Institute of Engineering & Technology can avail the option, why can’t we?”

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